Will the earth move at last in Kirkintilloch?

KIRKINTILLOCH LEISURE CENTRE 24.10.09 PICTURE BY JAMIE FORBES

KIRKINTILLOCH LEISURE CENTRE 24.10.09 PICTURE BY JAMIE FORBES

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ANGRY residents have called for action to tackle an unsightly pile of earth left behind by developers ... FOUR YEARS AGO.

Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre opened in 2007, but a mount of dirt is still there.

The centre was built by Kirkintilloch’s Initiative (KI), which has now been effectively brought under the control of East Dunbartonshire Council.

However, householders say that their complaints are being ignored by council chiefs.

Parkview Court resident Martin Hood said: “When they were building the leisure centre four or five years ago the council put gravel down on the grass verge so that construction traffic could park there.

“When the developers left they left a mound of earth about five foot high, which has just been left to grow wild.

“We’ve been asking them to put it back to the way it was, but they don’t seem to want to do anything about it.

“I can see it out of my window and it’s a digrace. We just want the grass verge put back the way it was before.”

After the Herald contacted East Daunbartonshire Council, head of development and enterprise Thomas Glen moved to assure residents the work would be carried out.

He said: “During the construction of the leisure centre, residents raised concerns that there had not been adequate parking provided.

“In response to these concerns we provided an additional parking facility on the area in question.

“However, there was limited use made of the additional parking when the centre opened and following further representations from residents in June this year, we put steps in place to return this parking area to its original state.

“The stones have been removed from this area and top soil has now been placed and planted with grass seed.”

He added: “The additional area of ground in this spot will now also be put back to its original condition. Work will begin on this within the next few weeks now that Scottish Water have vacated the site following the work they carried out over the summer period.”

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