An Aberdeen MSP has raised concerns over the state of a littered underpass used as a route for school pupils.
Mark McDonald, MSP for Donside, has been contacted by constituents over the condition of the Millhill Brae/Stoneywood Brae underpass which is littered with rubbish, broken glass, discarded cans and dog mess.
Locals, who have concerns about school pupils using the underpass ahead of the new term beginning next month, contacted the MSP in a bid to see the area cleaned.
The underpass does not belong to the local authority but Mr McDonald had asked the council to find out who owns the site.
Mr McDonald, who says the underpass has been in a “poor state for “some time”, was initially told by council officers that they do not hold information on the current owners and that there are various companies who could undertake a private search on behalf of a constituent to try to establish ownership – a move which could cost money.
But a spokeswoman for the local authority later said it was working to identify the owners and would take “appropriate action” to ensure they maintain the site.
The Independent MSP said: “I am glad the council has finally seen sense, after initially suggesting that my constituents should be paying themselves to find out who owned the underpass.
“The council should be reacting to concerns from residents and ensuring routes to school, as this underpass will be, are clean and safe.
“Rather than having to be effectively shamed into doing so.”
A local authority spokeswoman said: “Aberdeen City Council does not own the Millbrae/Stoneywood underpass and therefore it is not responsible for its upkeep.
“The council does not hold information on the current owners.
“It is in the process of identifying the owners and will take the appropriate action to ensure the owners maintain the underpass.”