Sewage slick sickens Crossford campaigner

THE CROSSFORD man who led the unsuccessful opposition to a new sewage outfall pipe being located in the heart of the village claimed this week that his dire warnings had come true.

Former Gazette columnist Willie Watson said he took no pleasure from what he claimed was vindication of his case.

Scottish Water replaced the old Mashock Burn outfall pipe with one into the Clyde right outside Willie's home in the centre of Crossford.

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Some villagers contended that the moving of the outfall from the Mashock Burn on the outskirts of the village right into its centre, where the Clyde is relatively shallow, posed unacceptable pollution risks in a population centre.

And Willie told the Gazette that his warnings of undue pollution came true in the first dry spell since the new system was installed.

He told the Gazette: "I'm sorry to have to 80 metre slick from the new, improved, sewage outfall in the river, adjacent to my back door."

A Scottish Water spokesman said: "We treat such reports very seriously and therefore will investigate Mr Watson's claims as quickly as possible."

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