Work on street gets un­der­way

Claims orig­i­nal work was a waste of cash

Wishaw Press - - ROADWORKS - Ross Thom­son

A busy street in Wishaw town cen­tre will be par­tially closed for the next two weeks for ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment works.

The one way sec­tion at Ke­nil­worth Av­enue will be closed for 10 work­ing days from this Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8, to al­low for the road to be widened as well as re­pairs to the road sur­face, foot­path and kerbs at this junc­tion.

Re­pairs will also be made to the foot­path at the car park at the Houldsworth Cen­tre.

Cen­tral Wishaw Com­mu­nity Coun­cil sec­re­tary Alan Love said: “It’s ridicu­lous that money was spent to im­prove the town cen­tre through the Streetscape project and now we are look­ing at spend­ing more money only a few years down the line.

“We are re-mod­el­ling a road which should have been done with the orig­i­nal work.

“They spent mil­lions dur­ing the Streetscape programme and we are back to where we started. It’s ridicu­lous.”

North La­nark­shire Coun­cil has con­tacted busi­nesses in the area to in­form them of the work.

Steven Mcghee runs Kello Jew­ellers based in the for­mer Colt­ness Gate­house.

He said: “It’s a prob­lem that def­i­nitely needs ad­dressed.

“Buses just can’t get round that right hand turn.

“It was a mis­take mak­ing that corner so nar­row but at least the coun­cil are do­ing some­thing about it.

“The bol­lards keep get­ting hit. I’ve even seen a po­lice car put an­other car into one.

“It’s too early to say whether this will have an im­pact on our busi­ness.

“Ideally this could have been done in the sum­mer months but we will see how it goes.”

The two-way sec­tion of the street, be­tween the Houldsworth Cen­tre and the round­about, will re­main open and traf­fic man­age­ment will be in place.

Strath­clyde Part­ner­ship for Trans­port (SPT) will pro­vide a tem­po­rary bus stop on Kitch­ener Street.

“The junc­tion at Main Street and Ke­nil­worth Av­enue was de­signed and tested to ac­com­mo­date buses, how­ever dam­age has been caused as a re­sult of ve­hi­cles reg­u­larly en­croach­ing on the foot­path,” said Shirley Lin­ton, the coun­cil’s head of En­ter­prise and Place.

“To im­prove road safety for pedes­tri­ans, we are widen­ing the road and car­ry­ing out re­pairs to the bro­ken foot­paths and kerbs at this lo­ca­tion.”

Busi­ness af­fected from Kello Jew­ellers Steven Mcghee

Road clo­sure Ke­nil­worth Av­enue

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