…you might find yourself having to pick your way through pretty flowers. Unless you visit some of the local lochs where it is more likely you will find yourself picking your way through rubbish, broken glass and discarded angling gear.
North Lanarkshire does have a reputation for being a bit manky. Roadside dumping is a way of life here, and despite North Lanarkshire Council being aware of the repeat dumping sites and hotspots, little is done ( a pile of rubbish reported near here in November is still lying rotting) bar the council erecting signs about non existent CCTV cameras.
Just as bad though were some of the lochs. Both the Lilly Loch and Hillend had rubbish dumped by the kind of anglers that give the whole sport a bad name, discarded folding chairs, barbecues and all sorts of cans, bottles and packaging. But these paled into insignificance beside Forrestburn. This is that expanse of water near Kirk o’ Shotts transmitter, which from the M8 motorway looks quite tranquil. Close up though it’s a different matter. The shoreline is littered with cans, bottles, and broken glass, ripped up paper, and the remains of bonfires. While the Lilly and Hillend are regularly cleared up within the season, there is no club here to police the loch. As such it’s a loch gone feral, attracting the worst sort, the boozers, the vandals and the freeloaders who probably wouldn’t be allowed to fish anywhere else. The same kind of angler whose behaviour has led to a camping ban at Loch Lomond.
If the situation at Forrestburn Reservoir is allowed to continue what could have been a pleasant place to spend the day will instead be somewhere you wouldn’t wanted to spend five minutes. It’s time for these so called anglers to clean up their act.