Daily grid­lock in city is get­ting worse

Stirling Observer - - REMEMBRANCE DAY -

Dear Ed­i­tor

May I re­spect­fully sug­gest it is high time the Ob­server sent re­porters out into the streets of Stir­ling to re­port on the in­creas­ing chaos on Stir­ling’s roads.

This, in my view, is due to the peren­nial in­ept­ness of Stir­ling Coun­cil’s roads depart­ment in plan­ning road works – es­pe­cially un­nec­es­sary and ir­rel­e­vant road works – lead­ing year after year to daily grid­lock.

I have just had a re­port that all traffic in River­side is at a stand­still, and has been for some con­sid­er­able time, with no prospect of un­rav­el­ling the mess un­less our non-ex­is­tent po­lice turn up and take charge.

There are three sets of traffic lights there, which are chang­ing so fre­quently, I am told, that noth­ing is mov­ing. I was in a Park-and-Ride bus the other day, which sat and watched five changes of lights be­fore it could move at all.

Is it any won­der that Stir­ling peren­ni­ally has the rep­u­ta­tion of hav­ing the worst roads depart­ment in Scot­land. Where do they train the staff, if at all? If I had man­aged like that in Bri­tish in­dus­try, I would have been sacked.

As you must be aware, there have re­cently been reg­u­lar mile-long tail­backs in Causewayhead due to road­works at the Stir­ling Bridge junc­tion, fol­low­ing al­most as long tail­backs at the Sains­bury traffic lights. There was no co-or­di­na­tion, and the ad­di­tional haz­ard of the rugby ground en­trance in the worst pos­si­ble place just added to the chaos. This in­evitably sent peo­ple in droves to seek al­ter­na­tive routes, lead­ing to more chaos!

Next year there will in­evitably be the worst traffic chaos in the city’s his­tory due to the clo­sure of Kerse Road for no less than six months, ap­proved by Stir­ling Coun­cil. The coun­cil could have stopped this, but they won’t be­cause they are like rab­bits caught in the glare of head­lights. Who let these id­iots out of their cages?

As for the overall plan­ning of Stir­ling’s roads in­fra­struc­ture over many years, words fail me.

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Dear Ed­i­tor Keith Brown MSP quite rightly be­rates Stephen Kerr MP for not stand­ing up in the House of Com­mons and mak­ing a stance on the im­pact Uni­ver­sal Credit will have on our com­mu­nity.

Un­for­tu­nately, Keith him­self is guilty of keep­ing quiet, re­fus­ing to stand up and take a stance in our own Holy­rood re­gard­ing the Park of Keir de­vel­op­ment.

These pro­pos­als will have a detri­men­tal eco­nomic im­pact on our com­mu­nity’s sport and leisure fa­cil­i­ties, es­pe­cially so at Stir­ling Univer­sity, as well as on lo­cal hote­liers once the four-star 150 bed­room ho­tel is built. As the con­gested routes around the Keir round­about worsen fur­ther still as con­struc­tion of the houses, ho­tel and sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties be­gins, the ad­di­tional jour­ney time will im­pact not just on the lo­cal econ­omy but all busi­ness traffic rout­ing through the area. Paul Shaw Ar­gyle Way, Dun­blane

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