Dumped trolleys filling up Stenhousemuir beauty spot

Stenhousemuir Lido has been targeted by vandals in recent months
Stenhousemuir Lido has been targeted by vandals in recent months

A nature lover says vandals are ruining a town centre beauty spot by dumping trolleys and smashing glass bottles.

Stenhousemuir Lido is a haven for nature, with the swans returning every year to raise their cygnets but Melanie Milne says the litter and anti-social behaviour at the park is becoming intolerable.

Melanie, a keen wildlife photographer, lives in the town and is saddened at the changes in the Lido.

She said: “The Lido was once the heart of the community and had a lot to offer, but now it’s a magnet for young people wanting to hang around and make a mess.

“There is constantly trolleys in the water and I’ve seen eggs smashed around and lots of broken glass. “
The trolleys come from the nearby Asda and Melanie would like to see the supermarket install trolley locks to put kids off stealing them, however a spokesperson said there was no plans to.

An Asda spokesperson said: “The majority of our customers can be trusted to use trolleys appropriately, but we’d plead once again with the minority of people that do take them off site and abandon them to stop doing so, and ask anyone else that sees one abandoned to give us a call so that we can go and collect it.”

Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council has written to local schools, the council and Police Scotland urging them to take action in the area.

The Lido and Crownest Park used to extend to where Asda and the retail units are and offered boating, tennis, putting and football pitches.