[All photos: Rob Coles]
Yesterday’s Pic of the Day featured the ‘log jam’ on the Pulteney Bridge Weir where tree stumps have lodged after being washed down the River Avon.
But that’s not the only problem, according to Rob Coles:
“It is not just dead trees on the weir.
The stone riverbank is covered in weeds.
The “boat dock”- described as such in the original plans for the flood prevention scheme and never used as such – is completely full of vegetation, including a sizeable tree, and there are sunken boats by St James bridge – east of the station.
Today, a great many visitors were photographing the length of river which should be the most attractive vista in England.
The photographs go around the world.”
Go to the other side of Pulteney Bridge – the non-photogenic back view – take the path by the old Orvis store. Stop just before the entrance to Waitrose. Peer over the railings – see how many shopping trolleys and bicycles you can count! All presumably thrown over to enhance the beauty of the river bank.
Don’t complain to the Council, the Forum or Waitrose – they all deny responsibility for this stretch of riverbank. According to Council officers – Land Registry title deeds show that it is owned by Glasgow City Council. Sort that one out!
As a councillor for the ‘ west end’ of the river I took it upon myself to tackle the problems with the river ( in it, it’s surrounds, and it’s safety). We, councillors Newbridge andKingsmead, residents, council, environment agency etc.worked together to clean it up and keep it that way. Recently money is a lot tighter and council staff drastically reduced, but no one seems to have ever ‘ owned’ the city centre river problem. We removed a motorbike, along with trolleys etc. so removing boats is surely achievable!
The bank should be full of wild flowers surely thats not a problem to fix
Love the greenery. Hate the sunken boats. I was told they only get removed if causing obstruction as it is the owner’s responsibility . Not a difficult job but costs 3 figures . Owners often not traceable in order to bill them.
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