Community Council chair Iain Ellis and a flock of pigeons at Dumbarton East.

By Democrat reporter

A local community council chairperson has called on West Dunbartonshire Council to be cautious in regard to their involvement in plans to regenerate the old Esso tank farm site and terminal owned by Exxon at Bowling.

Iain Ellis, Chair of Dumbarton East and Central CC, in a column for The Dumbarton Reporter, wrote: “We see that the council are pushing through their plans for the Exxon site and are going to plan for a relief road and industrial units on a site that they don’t even own.

“They are spending millions on this land and I for one think that this money could be far better spent elsewhere just now.

We have more and more people having to use food banks and I envisage unemployment will rise.

“It is time people start using their voices and tell our councillors to stop this right now and actually do more to support the people of West Dunbartonshire.”

Mr Ellis is also concerned about the failure to deal with the ongoing problem of pigeons at the railway bridge which crosses Glasgow Road at Dumbarton East station.

He wrote: “We are still in discussions with ScotRail, Network Rail and the council about the railway bridge in Dumbarton East.

“They are doing the usual passing the buck, each blaming the other and not accepting responsibility to find a final solution for the problem.

“The amount of pigeon poo and dead pigeons is disgusting. The council do arrange to clean the pavement regularly but by next day the build-up begins again.”

Pigeon droppings are alleged to have been one of the problems at the Queen Elizabeth II and Royal Children’s Hospital which serve West Dunbartonshire.

A public inquiry, headed by Court of Session judge, Lord Brodie, will look into this and other matters in an attempt to establish why this and other problems including alleged contaminated water supplies have caused so many deaths and disruption at the £842 million “showpiece” hospital which has only been in service since 2015.

As for the pigeons and the railway bridge, people who are in bad health should avoid standing under it for long periods at the bus stop.

Mr Ellis said: “This station [Dumbarton East], in theory, is the main stop for visiting Dumbarton’s main tourist attraction – the Castle. What message are we giving people when they see this? I’d be tempted to just turn around. We need more people to raise this matter and hopefully it will be resolved.”

These pictures were taken by East End resident Jim Crosthwaite to accompany a report about the pigeon infestation at the railway bridge.

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