Own­ers fac­ing path re­pair bill

Res­i­dents re­spon­si­ble for ‘dan­ger’ walk­way

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Half­way res­i­dents have been told to pay up if they want a path they con­sider haz­ardous to be re­paired.

House­hold­ers in Co­nan Court have been told it is them who are partly re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing the Mill Road Es­tate path net­work af­ter hit­ting out at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil for fail­ing to carry out re­pairs.

Res­i­dents say the back path at Co­nan Court, which leads to the res­i­dents car park, is filled with holes and could cause some­one to fall and se­ri­ously in­jure them­selves.

The coun­cil have re­spon­si­bil­ity for some of the foot­paths but the ma­jor­ity fall un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

And they re­vealed this week that home own­ers on the es­tate were pre­vent­ing work.

Dave An­der­son, di­rec­tor of the hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion, said his or­gan­i­sa­tion had at­tempted to re­pair the path on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, but was blocked by res­i­dents re­fus­ing to pay their share of the cost.

Ex­plain­ing his or­gan­i­sa­tion owns only 48 of the 408 houses within the Mill Road es­tate, Mr An­der­son said: “The re­spon­si­bil­ity for the main­te­nance and up­grad­ing of the in­ter­nal foot­paths lies with all the own­ers in the es­tate as per their ti­tle deeds. Dis­cus­sions with Half­way Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion and lo­cal coun­cil­lors have been on­go­ing re­gard­ing this mat­ter for some years but to date there has been no clear com­mit­ment from res­i­dents to ac­knowl­edge re­spon­si­bil­ity and to pay for the foot­paths to be up­graded and re­paired.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion can­not ar­range for the foot­paths to be re­paired with­out the prior con­sent of the own­ers. The as­so­ci­a­tion would be happy to pay its share of the costs but we can­not use our rental in­come from ten­ants to sub­sidise other own­ers. The last cost es­ti­mates we is­sued to own­ers was £209,000 but we would en­vis­age that this will have in­creased since that time.

“There have been some strate­gic foot­paths within the es­tate that have pre­vi­ously been up­graded and adopted by the coun­cil af­ter fund­ing had been re­ceived from out­side sources through the in­volve­ment of the lo­cal coun­cil­lors but at present there is no fund­ing avail­able for the in­ter­nal foot­paths.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion is con­tin­u­ing to dis­cuss the mat­ter with the lo­cal res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion and the lo­cal coun­cil­lor with a view to iden­ti­fy­ing fur­ther fund­ing sources.”

Co­nan Court res­i­dent Agnes Mor­ri­son, 83, said the path should have been a strate­gic route adopted by SLC given it is the only path that leads to the car park.

She said: “I’m not sure they would get ev­ery­one in the area to pay that, mean­while we’re left with a thor­ough­fare that’s ab­so­lutely dan­ger­ous. Quite a few peo­ple have had falls on that path. What hap­pens if some­one has a bad fall? Who is ac­count­able for that. It’s a dan­ger to ev­ery­one here.”

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