Cyclist has lucky escape
Regarding your excellent story ‘ In Town Slow Down’, I thought your newspaper may be interested in a live example of my recent experience of inattentive driving.
Firstly, a great big thank you to the Alloway vet Rachel and the staff of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.
Rachel stopped to help as did the museum staff.
On a clear dry morning four weeks ago, I was cycling towards the Monument and Brig O’Doon, a straight piece of road.
A car came towards my left side from Murdoch’s Lone and knocked me off the bike into the middle of the road.
Rachel quickly came to my aid as did the museum staff followed by paramedics and the police.
I do not know if the driver said sorry or asked if I was okay.
After questioning me and the paramedic, the police left saying they would contact me later.
At this point they believed that the bike was undamaged.
Still in a state of shock, I tried to make light of the incident.
The medic took me to the museum and tended to wounds to my leg, arm and hand.
The museum staff kindly took me home.
Subsequently, the bike was found to be damaged and taken to the bike shop.
The police did not contact me, so I contacted them to be told that no further action would be taken.
I asked for details of the driver but was refused.
By this time the injuries had become more painful and are still painful today although less so.
The bike has been repaired.
To my knowledge the driver has yet to ask after my health or to offer to pay for the damage.
If it had been a car he would have exchanged insurances.
If it had been a child the injuries may be been more serious. A simple ‘ sorry’ or ‘ hope you are okay’ would have been nice. Please watch the road and as the paper said “In town slow down.” From a caring cyclist
Time to listen again Once a prime target for closure by the council, followed by a three month wait of uncertainty for all concerned, including Prestwick pool staff, our popular facility has been saved.
This was achieved by the overwhelming response from the public.
A huge number of people signed petitions – an incredible 9000 – and many individuals raised objections, including school children who wrote letters.
For over a year it has not been possible to contact Prestwick pool directly by phone and instead contact has to be made through the Citadel, who obviously do not have the time/ staff to respond.
I have waited many times for over 10 minutes before finally hanging up.
Now I hear the council intend to do the same with Troon pool.
We don’t all use the internet for information and speaking to the pool directly was something simple that made sense.
It worked before, why change it! South Ayrshire Council, please listen to us again.
Disgraceful pavements Just returned from a walk along Whitletts Road/ Main Road in Ayr.
What a mess the pavements are in, with dog dirt everywhere.
I walk on various streets in Ayr and most are also covered in dog dirt but Whitletts Road/ Main Road is by far the worst.
The dog owners of Ayr should hang their heads in shame for allowing this to happen.
These dog owners need to be stopped and fined for this awful behaviour.
Not one dog warden was in sight to issue a fine to these half wits. Do they honestly think this type of behaviour is acceptable in a civilized society?
They should be named and shamed, using the many CCTV cameras, we are always being told are watching our every move. Name and address supplied
Disgusting grass verges I write to you in the hope that you might be able to highlight the really disgusting state of many of our roadside grass verges.
I regularly drive from Ayr to Failford and feel really depressed to see plastic bottles, cans etc. strewn all over the verges.
It is unbelievable that anyone would think they have the right to litter our countryside in such a way.
Such depressing sights can be seen all over the roads in Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway which I regularly traverse but is probably a problem elsewhere also.
I have written to SAC and the Scottish Government and both have agreed that there is a problem and have sent me details of the campaigns that they are running to try and tackle this issue.
The adverts and posters that are supposed to be trying to educate offenders are a joke and I know of no- one who has seen or even heard of them and I dread to think how much it cost to produce these ineffective materials.
I suggested to the Scottish Government that a campaign should be launched on the back of a change to the law that would mean that car owners can be fined for litter thrown from their cars, as in England. At present in Scottish Law you have to actually see the face of the offender, which is nearly impossible to achieve, hence fines are few and far between.
I do hope that you can highlight this issue in some way, it just makes me so sad and MAD!