Milngavie reservoir eyesore can finally be removed – Jo

Jo Swinson local MP for East Dunbartonshire has written to Scottish Water asking them to confirm a date for the removal of the unnecessary fencing around the Milngavie reservoir.

Jo wrote to Scottish Water after securing a confirmation in the House of Commons last week that the Home Office Minister has now issued a new security Directive allowing for the removal of the unsightly railings that spoil one of Milngavie’s most beautiful spots.

Commenting Jo said:

“The practical purpose of these security fences, that only cover a tiny proportion of the perimeter of the reservoir, was always a mystery.

“I’m glad that they are now able to be taken down, restoring the picturesque view around this popular location.

“I hope Scottish Water now acts promptly to remove this eyesore.”

Jo’s Home Office Question and the response is as follows:

Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire) (LD): I thank the security Minister for the interest that he has taken in the superfluous security fencing at Milngavie reservoir since I raised the issue with him in 2010. Can he confirm that the Home Office has now acted, along with the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, to give Scottish Water the power to remove any unnecessary and unsightly security fences?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (James Brokenshire): I am grateful to the hon. Lady for highlighting that important constituency issue. As she knows, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure has reassessed the site following the installation of a water treatment facility and confirmed the security measures, and I can confirm that I have signed the necessary direction.


Jo’s letter to Scottish Water is below:

Richard K Ackroyd

Chief Executive

Scottish Water

Castle House

6 Castle Drive

Dunfermline KY11 8GG

24 May 2012

Dear Mr. Ackroyd,

Milngavie Reservoir Security Fencing

On 8 June 2010 in previous correspondence with Scottish Water on the above subject, Judy Wakker advised that you were waiting for a new Directive in order to be able to remove the fencing.

In the House of Commons this week, I was informed by the Home Office Minister James Brokenshire that he has issued a new security Directive regarding the security fences that surround part of the Milngavie reservoir perimeter.

Now that this has been granted, I am keen to know when Scottish Water intends to act on this directive to remove the superfluous fencing.

I appreciate your assistance in this matter and look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

Yours sincerely,

Jo Swinson MP

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