The distinctive beauty of the Milngavie Reservoirs lies in the designed relationship of reservoir architecture and its associated landform, planting, reflective water and vistas - all recognised in the site’s inclusion in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscape and HES Grade A listing. Outdoor recreation is recognised as hugely beneficial to physical and mental health so the stewardship of the site including the landscape is crucial for its many visitors.
The Reservoirs have a number of memorial benches which have been erected by families and friends in memory of their departed loved ones. Until now, these have been installed on an unregulated basis with donors paying the costs of supply and installation following permission from Scottish Water.
The popularity of the reservoirs has led to more people arriving in their cars and attempting to park within the reservoirs area. This not only creates congestion on the narrow access road but also poses risks to walkers, cyclists and children. We have come up with some solutions for Scottish Water to consider.
While some progress has been made on improving the state of the footpaths around the reservoir there is still much to be done. Lovers’ Walk has benefitted from drainage work but other paths are regularly flooded and become a quagmire and barely passable after heavy rain. Discussions are continuing with Scottish Water to carry out remedial work.
The farm buildings and cottages at Barrachan have been left to deteriorate for many years and have become a focus for antisocial behaviour. Negotiations are continuing between Scottish Water and adjoining landowners to come up with a solution to access issues which will allow the buildings to be restored for future use.
Scottish Water have given a commitment to carry out repairs to the historic Commissioners’ Cottage and we look forward to it having a refreshed role in the future of the reservoir.
The pipeline project associated with the eventual closure of the Burncrooks plant is making slow progress, hindered by bad weather and technical problems. Several paths have been diverted and we look forward to the work being completed and the landscape restored.
Much of the old ironwork such as fencing and reservoir infrastructure has suffered from a lack of maintenance over many years and as a result is rusty, in disrepair and in some cases has become a hazard. We understand Scottish Water is about to embark on a programme of restoration.
Scottish Water have embarked on a clean-up programme to remove vegetation from the banks and spillways at Mugdock Reservoir. The original stonework has been restored to its original condition and revealed after being hidden for many years.
There has been a lack of maintenance of these fine masonry structures that may ultimately affect their ability to function properly. Scottish Water needs to restore these structures to their original engineered design and craftsmanship and to carry out routine maintenance for safety reasons.
It’s FoMR’s firm contention that Scottish Water should employ a reservoir supervisor/ranger service.
Our new noticeboard has been installed near Commissioner’s Cottage and has been attracting lots of attention. We’ve got some preliminary information there for the moment but soon we’ll have more permanent displays. If there’s anything you’d like to see in the noticeboard let us know by email: firstname.lastname@example.org