The Touch Road, from the point it leaves Cambusbarron at Gartur Lodge, to where it joins the Dumbarton Road, is, most of its users agree, one of the beautiful, if not best known, Stirlingshire roads.
It’s where the dramatic hills of Touch meet the quiet Carse of Stirling. And it’s going to be at its natural best in a month or so, in springtime, when the mature beeches unfold their delicate, light-green leaves. (Watch this space in our April edition for more detail on it as a delightful walk.)
But, at present,it has an added bonus: 53 lager cans, 12 wine bottles, 3 of whisky, and 2 vodkas. And, for teetotallers, 23 Irn-Bru tins, 14 Coca Colas, (and 9 large Cola plastic bot- tles), plus 14 paper cups/soft drink containers; not to mention but we will many take-away food containers.
These are, of course, like the heads of those who left them, empty. So, maybe this appeal is pointless: but, IF ANY OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE ARE READING THIS, CAN THEY PLEASE STOP SPOILING SUCH BEAUTY WITH SUCH STUPIDITY?
Touch Road is not, of course, alone: Gillies Hill, Polmaise Road, North Third, Mill Road – the same unthinking is replacing nature’s wisdom with crass human embarrassment. Surely it’s just as easy, especially if you’re in a car or van (yes, that does add another worrying dimension), to take your empties home and into your bin?
At the very least, it would save an already overstretched Community Council (and its valuable friends) from yet another clear-up: already begun.
STOP PRESS: Oh yes: 7 tied-up plas- tic bags full of ...well, rubbish, also cleared.
STOP PRESS (2): another attractive village walk, the Burnside Path, is also being ruined by thoughtlessness: apart from an astonishing amount of fly-tip-ping into the Burn itself (several bags full of rubbish were retrieved from the water), its Path is equally strewn with cans, bottles, crisp bags, sweet-wrappers and dog-turds. It has, though, a temporary reprieve following a recent CC Saturday morning clean-up, led by Keith Henry and Ian Shand.