Trashed travellers site to reopen in Lennoxtown

Lennoxtown Traveller's Site. Councillor Dempsey and Campsie Community Council Chairperson David Carlin complaining about fly-tipping 4.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Lennoxtown Traveller's Site. Councillor Dempsey and Campsie Community Council Chairperson David Carlin complaining about fly-tipping 4.4.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A VANDAL-hit facility in one of the most picturesque areas of East Dunbartonshire will reopen next year, it has been revealed.

The contrvoersial travelling persons site, on Primrose Way in Lennoxtown, originally opened in 2002 at a cost of £800,000, providing electricity, washroom facilities and refuse collection for travellers.

In March 2009 it was trashed. Since then it has become inhabitable.

All the washrooms have now been demolished and the site has become a magnet for fly-tippers.

East Dunbartonshire Council has now decided to rebuild four pitches at the site and has told the Herald there will be no security warden to prevent further vandalism.

Kenny Simpson, head of housing and community services, said: “In order to meet the accommodation needs of Scottish Gypsies and travellers the council will rebuild four pitches on the Redhills Travelling Persons’ Site, at Lennoxtown.

“This rebuild will be undertaken during this financial year and it is anticipated that the site will become operational again in 2012.

“At present there are no plans for the council to employ a security warden.

“However, site security is being considered as part of the site rebuild and the views of the police and fire service are being sought on this matter.”

The decision to reopen the site has been slammed by Campsie Community Council.

A spokesperson said: “We are totally opposed to this because of our past experiences. It could be such a beautiful place for caravaners and holiday makers.

“More than 360 people turned out to a public meeting to oppose it opening in the first place, but this is an instance where the majority doesn’t rule.”