Council to take action to clear pond algae

Algae spreads over the pond
Algae spreads over the pond

Concerns have been raised about green algae clogging the pond outside Milngavie’s CE Centre.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said it was much worse this year than it had been in previous years and blamed East Dunbartonshire Council’s spending priorities for the problem.

The woman from Milngavie said: “It is such a shame. Milngavie is the poor relative when it comes to spending money in the district.

“Kirkintilloch seems to get more spent on it than we do over this end.

“The pond has just been left and it is a disgrace, especially so close to the West Highland Way.”

Jim Corrigan, local neighbourhood services manager, said: “The council is aware of the blanket weed on Allander Pond Milngavie.

“Its growth is triggered by the warm weather and is a very common still water problem.

“It’s not actually a weed but long thin filamentous algae which likes the conditions on ornamental ponds.

“The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) does not allow us to treat this with chemicals and favours control by ‘natural methods’.

“The method we have used in recent years is a bio-product that controls swimming and floating filamentous algae.

“We have made contact with a contractor we have used in the past and we hope this work can be carried out over the next few weeks.”