Ac­ci­dent fears are jus­ti­fied - pro­tes­tors

P6 pupil knocked down

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

The hu­man cost of road traf­fic ac­ci­dents on Gil­bert­field Road were high­lighted this week, cam­paign­ers say, when a young boy was knocked down.

The P6 pupil from Cairns Pri­mary School was struck by a car at ap­prox­i­mately 3pm on Tues­day, March 8, in Wood­lands Cres­cent, yards from the ad­ja­cent Gil­bert­field Road.

An am­bu­lance at­tended the scene and the boy was treated for bruis­ing. Al­though he made a speedy re­cov­ery and re­turned to school two days later, peo­ple be­hind the Save Gil­bert­field cam­paign group say the road ac­ci­dent is an in­di­ca­tion of what could come if a 437-house de­vel­op­ment is given the green light.

Pro­tes­tors have long ar­gued the num­ber of ve­hi­cles as­so­ci­ated with a de­vel­op­ment of that scale, will lead to more ac­ci­dents hap­pen­ing on an al­ready busy road net­work.

Stephen Tow­ill, who is lead­ing the fight against the Per­sim­mon Homes plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, says there have been two traf­fic ac­ci­dents in five weeks on and around Gil­bert­field Road.

He said: “This is re­flec­tive of the in­crease in traf­fic in the area and re­ally it high­lights again the fact that if the de­vel­op­ers do build more houses it will only in­crease the risk of ac­ci­dents oc­cur­ring.

“We are against build­ing at all there be­cause the area’s in­fra­struc­ture can’t sus­tain a de­vel­op­ment of that size. Th­ese in­ci­dents re­flect that the roads aren’t good enough and traf­fic will only in­crease the more they de­velop in th­ese ar­eas.”

He a d of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices, Gor­don Mackay, said there had been no in­jury ac­ci­dents recorded at Wood­lands Cres­cent for at least 10 years prior to the school boy be­ing knocked down.

He said: “In­ci­dents such as this in­volv­ing school chil­dren are, thank­fully, rare in the South La­nark­shire area.”

“In ad­di­tion, Wood­land C re s c e nt and the sur­round­ing streets are sub­ject to the coun­cil’s Twenty’s Plenty ad­vi­sory 20mph ini­tia­tive.

“We have also been work­ing with both schools to dis­trib­ute road safety ma­te­ri­als and to de­velop school travel plans.

“Such schemes have con­trib­uted pos­i­tively to road safety.”

An ear­lier road ac­ci­dent on Fe­bru­ary 3 saw a 28- year- old man and woman aged 29, in­jured when their Vaux­hall Astra col­lided with a tree on Gil­bert­field Road.

Doug Law, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Per­sim­mon Homes West Scot­land, said: “Part of our plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion will in­clude an in­de­pen­dent traf­fic im­pact as­sess­ment that will high­light any off-site im­prove­ments re­quired to sup­port the res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.”

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