A community group has called for mounds of debris and logs to be cleared from Cumberland Avenue in Helensburgh – almost four years after woodland was unlawfully cleared from the site.
Helensburgh Community Woodlands Group (HCWG) says the site is an eyesore and potentially dangerous for any children straying there.
The group has written to David Kinniburgh, chair of Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee, calling for action under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.
HCWG has also embarked on a public campaign entitled ‘Clear out that Mess!’ with members delivering leaflets in the area around Cumberland Avenue urging residents to contact their local councillors and press for immediate action.
Signatures are also being collected on a petition to be delivered to the council.
In the letter, HCWG puts forward four reasons why the council should act:
- What’s left behind is essentially waste material from an industrial felling operation that has no place in a designated Open Space Protection Area within a residential area.
- They say that the debris and logs pose a real danger, especially to children.
- The council must ‘finish the job it began last year’, when it took direct action to replant 28 trees, and served enforcement notices that secured the removal of the building materials unlawfully stored on site and the lowering of the perimeter fence.
- Local residents want to see the land at Cumberland Avenue cleared and restored.