Road to re­open at long last

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Po­lice Ap­peal - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Work to de­mol­ish a firedam­aged build­ing in Coat­bridge town cen­tre and re­open a road which has been closed for over a year has been wel­comed by lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

The Ad­ver­tiser told last month how the build­ing on the cor­ner of Main Street and Academy Street is now be­ing taken down and the site lev­elled, fol­low­ing a fire in March 2017.

Co a tbr idg e No r th coun­cil­lor Al­lan Stubbs had raised a mo­tion on the is­sue at the re­cent meet­ing of North La­nark­shire Coun­cil, and called the start of the de­mo­li­tion “wel­come progress”.

He said: “I’m de­lighted that work is start­ing to get Academy Street back open and re­store Coat­bridge town cen­tre to nor­mal­ity.

“I’d ask that there’s a full re­view of the pro­ce­dures in place to deal with sit­u­a­tions like this, to be brought to a fu­ture en­ter­prise and hous­ing com­mit­tee.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers have done good work over the past year and have felt the brunt from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity – but we can’t have an­other sit­u­a­tion where a ma­jor town cen­tre is brought to a stand­still for a year by fire.”

Traders on Academy Street had sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion in Novem­ber calling for swift ac­tion to re­open the road, closed to cre­ate a safety ex­clu­sion zone, after months of re­duced foot­fall.

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