Boat club struck by poly bag dis­as­ter

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

An en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter struck Scot­land’s on­lyTug-Tow­ing com­pe­ti­tion af­ter 500 plas­tic bags were pulled from the boat­ing pond.

Mem­bers of the Glas­gow Rich­mond Model Boat Club claim to have re­moved more than 500 bags from Rich­mond Park’s pond, sit­u­ated op­po­site Shaw­field Sta­dium, ahead of their event.

Heavy rain meant the turnout on Sun­day was lower than usual but or­gan­iser and club sec­re­tary Mur­ray Wil­son had trou­ble of his own when his tug boat got stuck on rub­bish in the pond four times dur­ing the day.

He later re­vealed more than 500 poly­thene bags were pulled from the pond the day be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion, which can see boat en­thu­si­asts travel from as far as Eng­land and Wales to com­pete.

He said:“I was very dis­ap­pointed by the amount of rub­bish and poly bags in the pond.

“If it can stop my tug, what must be hap­pen­ing to the wildlife in the pond?”

The club has been as­so­ci­ated with the pond and lo­cal area for over 30 years and is reg­u­larly in­volved in help­ing out lo­cal schools, fes­ti­vals and tree plant­ing.

They are also reg­u­larly in con­tact with the sSPCA and Hes­sil­head Wildlife Res­cue to aid the swans in the pond.

Boat club mem­ber Ed­die Haig ad­mit­ted they faced an on­go­ing bat­tle with peo­ple lit­ter­ing in the pond.

He said:“We had hoped the rain all week would have topped the pond up a bit, since the pump is still not work­ing. The over­flow to the na­ture pond is com­pletely blocked with th­ese bags.”

Com­ment­ing on the event, he added:“Shows like th­ese largely de­pend on good weather on the day. Sun­day was a dis­as­ter. It rained al­most non-stop all day. The light rain stopped only to let the heavy rain start.

“We had very few com­peti­tors from other clubs, the English were nowhere to be seen and mem­bers of the pub­lic stayed away.”

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