More than 300 people have signed a petition calling for piles of debris and logs to be removed from the Open Space Protection Area in Helensburgh’s Cumberland Avenue.
The petition was handed over today by Helensburgh Community Woodlands Group’s convener, David Adams, to David Kinniburgh, chair of Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee.
The petition reinforces HCWG’s campaign to ‘Clear out that Mess’ which was launched in March with an open letter to Cllr Kinniburgh and with mass leafleting in the area around the former woodland, where trees were felled four years ago.
In all, 190 of the 308 signatures (62%) came from the immediate area around Cumberland Avenue, with the remainder mostly drawn from elsewhere in Helensburgh.
The 190 signatures gathered around Cumberland Avenue are said to represent 60% of the properties in the area. At a further 32% of properties, no-one was at home when HCWG called, leaving only 8% of properties (18 people in total) where residents refused to sign the petition.
Mr Adams said: “This petition reflects the very strong determination of the local community to see the land at Cumberland Avenue cleaned up.
“The council has powers to force the landowners to remove the mess they created when they felled the woods in May and June 2011. Almost four years later, it is high time the council served the necessary notice to achieve this.”