No way for one-way

Councillor says road is­sue doesn’t have easy so­lu­tion

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - £35.45 • - BY CIARAN SHANKS

A COUNCILLOR says plans to in­tro­duce a one-way sys­tem in a con­gested city street are a “non-starter”.

Will Daw­son was re­spond­ing to con­cerns raised about a build-up of cars in Dean Av­enue, Craigie, after claims emer­gency ve­hi­cles are un­able to ac­cess prop­er­ties.

The is­sue was raised after Ste­wart El­lis, 66, com­plained to Dundee City Coun­cil after an am­bu­lance was un­able to ac­cess the house of his 96-year-old mother-in-law.

But Councillor Daw­son, who rep­re­sents the area, be­lieves there is no short-term so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

He is call­ing for res­i­dents to try to park fur­ther away from their homes in a bid to curb the prob­lem.

The SNP councillor said: “That par­tic­u­lar street was never de­signed for cars but ob­vi­ously we’re now see­ing quite a large num­ber in that area.

“The one-way sys­tem for me is a non-starter be­cause what you find is when a one-way sys­tem is in­tro­duced the speed of the traf­fic tends to go up. It’s re­ally an im­pos­si­ble sit­u­a­tion but what I would en­cour­age peo­ple to do is to try and park away from their houses as much as pos­si­ble.

“Peo­ple have more than one car now but there seems to be this feel­ing from peo­ple that they want to park as close as they can to their homes.

“But I think if they could, where pos­si­ble, give as much space as pos­si­ble it would make a big dif­fer­ence.

“It’s some­thing as a city coun­cil we need to ad­dress and we might see a dif­fer­ence with the pave­ment park­ing pol­icy com­ing through Holy­rood at the mo­ment.

“But as far as a one-way sys­tem is con­cerned I am 100% against it.”

But Mr El­lis rub­bished the re­sponse and be­lieves ac­tion needs to be taken im­me­di­ately by Dundee City Coun­cil.

He said: “It’s non­sen­si­cal to be quite hon­est.

“For me it would be com­mon sense if they lev­elled the pave­ment and tarred the grass area there to make a car park or to cre­ate a car park in the foot­ball square nearby which you’re not al­lowed to play ball games in at the mo­ment.

“It’s to­tally im­pos­si­ble to get peo­ple to park away from their homes.

“There’s got to be a bet­ter so­lu­tion than that.

“It’s also a prob­lem in No­ran Av­enue as well, you’ve got peo­ple park­ing on the cor­ner there. They’ve got to do some­thing about it soon.”

Ste­wart El­lis shows the prob­lem in Dean Av­enue and the is­sue has been brought to the at­ten­tion of Councillor Will Daw­son (in­set).

Cars parked in Dean Av­enue are caus­ing prob­lems for emer­gency ve­hi­cles.

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