SNP Representatives Comment on Palacerigg Rat Infestation

Stuart McDonald MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East has joined with his colleagues Jamie Hepburn MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and local Councillor William Goldie have criticised the Council’s handling of the on-going rat infestation which has closed a number of key amenities in the Palacerigg Country Park.

The Children’s Farm, Visitor Centre and cafeteria will remain closed while the infestation is dealt with.

Mr McDonald said:

“These facilities are important for the enjoyment of many of the visitors which Palacerigg Country Park attracts.

“It is unfortunate that such an infestation has occurred as we move into the summer months and it is important that it is fully cleared before any reputational damage can be done to the park.

“I hope that the Council can ensure it re-opens to the public quickly.”

Mr Hepburn said:

“This is a deeply concerning matter for all concerned and one which could have had implications for public safety had it not been dealt with. Clearly the situation has necessitated the closure of these amenities and that is the correct decision in the circumstances.  

“I understand that the Council are taking action and I hope that this situation can be dealt with in a timely manner. Palacerigg is a well loved amenity and must be re-opened as soon as possible.”

Councillor Goldie added

“I understand that council pest control officers are dealing with these rodents and that they hope to complete the clearance within a week.

“If there are any lessons to be learned from this incident then it is crucial that the Council learns them so as to prevent any reoccurrence.

“The priority now though is for them to get on with dealing with this problem so local residents and visitors to the area can enjoy Palacerigg again.”