Sunday, 4 March 2012

Banton Loch to get Clean Sweep

A clean up is currently being organised for Banton Loch.

Popular with people from all over the central belt, " The big Dam " , Townhead Reservoir or Banton Loch as it is also known has been a source of ire for many people for many years but a recent meeting of the local community council is set to put that straight for the meantime anyway.

At a recent meeting of Kilsyth Community Council, it was announced that Linton McBurnie, volunteer coordinator  for British Waterways Scotland who own the land has contacted the council in an attempt to recruit volunteers to help with the clean up.

Scott Johnson, leader of the community council said " it has been a bleeding ulcer around this table for years ". Despite North Lanarkshire Council doing past clean ups at their expense, their is an endemic litter problem at the beauty spot despite concerns from the Kilsyth Fish Protection Association who manage fishing at the dam but are not responsible for the land management.

Another local group member Paul Carter, secretary of the friends of Banton in bloom group recently confirmed members of the group recently cleared 12 black bags with rubbish from the beach area alone.

A date for the clean up is still to be set but anyone interested in helping should contact Keila Singh secretary of the community council by phoning 07856 763090 or by visiting the groups website at http://www.kilsyth.org.uk/ and using the contact us feature.

Hopefully this is a step in the right direction but it won't deal with the problem long term !

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