23 July 2021
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Call to Curb Irresponsible Behaviour at East Renfrewshire Beauty Spot23 July 2021
We're urging members of the public to respect Picketlaw Reservoir in Eaglesham, following recent acts of vandalism and fears for people’s safety.
Understandably, the dry, hot weather has attracted people to this local beauty spot with its inviting scenery and nature on tap.
While the vast majority of visitors go there to connect with nature and are respectful of the surroundings, unfortunately there’s a small minority who don’t. Some choose to disrespect the area and spoil it for other visitors.
Last week, the draw off tower at the reservoir suffered significant damage through acts of vandalism.
We've reported these incidents to Police Scotland.
Partner agencies in East Renfrewshire are working together to address the issues at the site.
Graeme Davidson, Security Adviser at Scottish Water, said: “We are working closely and are in continuous dialogue with the police and East Renfrewshire Council to address any issues at the site.
“It’s incredibly disappointing that a small minority of people choose to behave in this way with absolute disregard for other people. The reservoir is there for everyone to enjoy. ”Graeme Davidson
“It’s incredibly disappointing that a small minority of people choose to behave in this way with absolute disregard for other people. The reservoir is there for everyone to enjoy. By all means visit this local beauty spot but be mindful of your actions. Respect the area and enjoy it safely.”
Scottish Fire and Rescue Group Commander for East Renfrewshire, Alan Coughtrie, added: “This type of vandalism affects the safety of our Firefighters, partners and the public as well the ability to access and deploy our resources at the location when attending an incident. If someone does get into difficulty through this type of irresponsible behaviour, it significantly impacts on our ability to respond to other emergency incidents.
During the heatwave, some people have also been taking risks and diving off structures into the water at Picketlaw Reservoir. What’s more, Scottish Water staff have sadly faced verbal abuse when challenging people’s behaviours in an attempt to keep them safe.
While the water might look inviting for a quick cool down on a warm, sunny day, these beauty spots are best enjoyed from dry land. Swimming in them or diving off structures into them can be very risky due to hidden dangers such as freezing water temperatures, underwater machinery and steep, slippery slopes.
Swimming in reservoirs is dangerous and could lead to a fatality. We're urging everyone to be aware of the dangers.
Safety advice and advice on how people can help protect these areas is available via the link below: