Council promises to fix hazardous paving
Street outrage at work
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