Coun­cil prom­ises to fix haz­ardous paving

Street out­rage at work

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A pave­ment de­scribed as a “trip haz­ard” by house­hold­ers in a quiet res­i­den­tial area is be­ing re­placed, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has con­firmed.

The lo­cal author­ity told the Reformer a new pave­ment was be­ing built at Kings­burn Drive in Cam­bus­lang Ruther­glen af­ter res­i­dents had con­tacted coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy.

The news comes days af­ter res­i­dents of the street - in­clud­ing one blind woman - told the Reformer they were out­raged their street had been left in such a state of dis­re­pair.

House­holder Ste­wart Young said res­i­dents had lived with weeks of up­heaval as con­trac­tors, work­ing on be­half of the coun­cil, dug up the street and in­stalled new light­ing and ca­bling.

He said: “They started it about five weeks ago now, and we were told they were go­ing to re­place the pave­ment all the way to the top of the street.

“There are weeds pulling the pave­ment up, there are weeds in the mid­dle of the pave­ment and that’s why I could un­der­stand the works be­ing done.

“But they have done one side of the street and left the other side.

“I know there is a short­age of money, but to do half a job doesn’t make sense.”

Ex­plain­ing the un­even pave­ment was a trip haz­ard upon which his three-yearold grand­child fell, Mr Ste­wart added: “A lot of the equip­ment was left out and the pave­ments have not been put back to­gether prop­erly.

“It’s dan­ger­ous, you have to use the road rather than the pave­ment to get in and out of the street.

“My neigh­bour is blind and they left sig­nage out­side their house.”

Fol­low­ing an en­quiry by the Reformer, trans­port chiefs at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil sent work­men back to Kings­burn Drive to fin­ish the job prop­erly.

Gor­don Mackay, head of roads and transportation, said: “The pave­ment works at Kings­burn Drive in Cam­bus­lang was foot­way re­in­state­ment fol­low­ing the in­stal­la­tion of new light­ing col­umns and as­so­ci­ated ca­bling. The re­main­der of the foot­way will now also be resur­faced.

“The con­trac­tor was in­structed to carry out a thor­ough clean-up of the site last week and this is now com­plete. We apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience this has caused.”

Haz­ard Ste­wart Young says res­i­dents have dealt with weeks of dis­rup­tion

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