Kicking up a stink over pong

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Pollution watchdogs are investigating complaints of raw sewage leaking into a burn that runs through a 
children’s playpark.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) stepped in after residents kicked up a stink over the problem at Bishopbriggs Park for the second time in just over a year.

In June 2014, they demanded reassurance from Scottish Water that the area was safe for their youngsters to play after fears of contamination.

Just over a week ag residents complained again of a foul smell from the burn.

One told the Herald: “The smell is truly terrible, like raw sewage.

“This burn runs down from neighbouring golf clubs through a playpark area. It is in the heart of Bishopbriggs.”

Bishopbriggs North councillor Una Walker raised the problem with council officials.

She told the Herald: “It turned out there was a blockage under the main road and that was causing the raw 
sewage to enter the burn.

“It was very unpleasant and I felt I had to act quickly as young children play in that area and we couldn’t have that kind of contamination.”

Councillor Walker got in touch with the Scottish Environmental protection Agency and Scottish Water about the problem.

She said: “I have been assured by Scottish Water that the water in the burn is now running clear.”

A spokesman from SEPA told the Herald on Frday: “SEPA has received a number of complaints from members of the public regarding the sewage within the Bishopbriggs Burn.

“SEPA officers attended the site on two occasions last week and are in contact with Scottish Water.

“We are currently carrying out an investigation into this.”

The spokesperson added: “We would like to remind members of the public to contact our pollution hotline on 0800 80 70 60 to report any potential pollution events.”

A Scottish Water spokesperson told the Herald: “There was a blockage in a sewer pipe which was cleared last week.

“When the system gets blocked it is designed to 
allow for screened waste water to discharge from the outfall pipe rather than backing up into properties.