COUNCIL officers will move to secure a “dangerous” sump in Linwood, following pressure from a concerned resident.

A marshy area of grass – containing concrete and metal debris – behind the ON-X Centre has been reported to Renfrewshire Council.

Measures will be taken to address the spot but Les MacDonald, of Irvine Drive, said the area behind the sports centre has long been a problem.

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The 52-year-old has been asking the council to clean up the area since January and said:

“It’s unbelievable this is still going on”.

He added: “There have been assurances the hole will be filled in with rubble.

“That’s been a huge safety concern. Kids, dog walkers or anybody could fall in there.

“There’s concrete and metal in that bit. A kid could fall in there and hit their head and be knocked unconscious. There’s all sorts of debris.

“It’s poorly lit as well. You would think if there’s any help that can be given in that area, the council would give it.

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“I know councils are cash-strapped but at least treat members of the public with respect. I’m not trying to score points, I’m just concerned.”

Linwood Councillor Jim Sheridan said council officers had previously assured him the danger spot would be fenced off. 

He said: ”Now that the dark nights are here our safety concerns are even more relevant and require immediate attention.”

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A Renfrewshire Council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the resident’s concerns and are taking action to address these, including lifting debris and filling the open drain with drainage gravel.

“The safety of residents and visitors to Renfrewshire is paramount and we would ask people to continue to report safety concerns.”