AN MSP is to meet Finance Secretary John Swinney to discuss financial support for residents of a village who are facing bills of up to £100,000 to decontaminate their gardens of dangerous chemicals.

Bruce Crawford, whose constituency includes ­Blanefield, Stirlingshire, will ask Mr Swinney to pledge funding towards the overall cost which is estimated at around £630,000. It comes after the UK Government said it would provide £255,000 to help clear up the land, which has traces of industrial pollution.

Stirling Council has offered to pay £125,000 and its leader, Johanna Boyd, said she was hopeful the meeting would relieve the "huge burden" on residents.

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The Scottish Government has said it would look at ways to help.

Stirling Council deputy leader Neil Benny said: "This has been a tremendous stress on the residents of Blanefield and we hope and pray our local MSP is successful."