Thirty-year-old cars pulled from Scotland’s beauty tank include 90s Fords and Rovers

A number of 30-year-old cars have finally been cleared from a Scottish beauty spot – after hot weather revealed them at the bottom of a muddy reservoir.

The host of the 1980s and 1990s models was dragged out of the reservoir at Glennifer Braes, a popular tourist area in Paisley.

Teams of specialists worked hard to reach the abandoned vehicles, which included a 38-year-old Vauxhall Carlton, 35-year-old Vauxhall Astra and 34-year-old Nissan Prairies, and remove them from the Lower Glen dam.

Scottish Water bosses praised the team, saying the mission had been carried out with “military style” precision to avoid any impact on local wildlife or damage to the environment around the waterway.

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The operation by Scottish Water, in conjunction with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Police Scotland and the Ayrshire Rivers Trust, began after concerns about old cars were raised by locals.

Nine illegally dumped vehicles have been removed from the Lower Glen Dam in Gleniffer Braes Country Park

The team included specialist divers and experts in environmental protection. It only took a day for all the cars to be safely removed, inspected by Police Scotland and then sent for scrap.

The makes and models of the cars discovered were a Rover 827 (1988); a Citroën AX (1995); a Ford Mondeo (1994); a Citroën XM (1989); a Nissan Prairie (1988); an Opel Astra (1987); a Peugeot 605 (1990); a Vauxhall Carlton (1984); and Fiat Uno (year unknown).

It has been reported that a new gate has now been installed in the park to prevent similar incidents from happening again and prevent the reservoir from being used as a dump again.

Gerry O’Hara, Scottish Water Project Manager, said: “Thanks to everyone’s hard work and meticulous planning and safeguarding of this operation, we are absolutely delighted that all nine vehicles have been successfully recovered.

“Our attention now turns to getting everyone back to normal in the park.

“We are filling the reservoir back to its original level, in a controlled manner, and we continue to test the water quality to make sure there are no issues.”

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