Road safety pe­ti­tion is turned down

Traf­fic calm­ing re­jected

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Court Casebook - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Hun­dreds of Glen­boig res­i­dents who signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures in their vil­lage have seen their re­quest turned down.

A to­tal of 386 peo­ple signed a “slow down” call, en­ti­tled “mak­ing roads safer” and ask­ing North La­nark­shire Coun­cil and Po­lice Scot­land for ac­tion to be taken on speed in Glen­boig and Ramoan.

Last Christ­mas we re­ported how Glen­boig cou­ple Jim and He­len Hughes im­plored the lo­cal au­thor­ity to act after a bus crashed through their gar­den wall – the third time in four years such an in­ci­dent had oc­curred.

The pe­ti­tion re­cent l y went be­fore the au­thor­ity’s in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee, but a ma­jor­ity of coun­cil­lors agreed with of­fi­cials’ rec­om­men­da­tion not to im­ple­ment any new mea­sures.

The re­port for coun­cil­lors noted: “The speed limit on roads through both com­mu­ni­ties is 30mph along its en­tire length; al­though not ex­plic­itly re­quested, the pe­ti­tion header sug­gests that res­i­dents wish the limit to be re­duced to 25mph.

“Roads through Glen­boig are part of the prin­ci­pal pub­lic net­work serv­ing North La­nark­shire and have fea­tures that in­hibit speed in­clud­ing round­abouts and traf­fic sig­nals.

“On-street park­ing at some lo­ca­tions will also in­hibit the speed of pass­ing traf­fic.

“Po­lice records in­di­cate that for the three years to May 30 2018, there were two slight in­jury ac­ci­dents, with the con­trib­u­tory fac­tors re­lat­ing to poor turn­ing ma­noeu­vres and other non­speed re­lated fac­tors.”

It added that a pri­or­ity list of sites had been de­ter­mined in 2011, on the ba­sis of there be­ing more than five in­jury ac­ci­dents over a three-year pe­riod, which is the “ba­sis for tack­ling as­so­ci­ated road ac­ci­dents within North La­nark­shire Coun­cil”.

Coun­cil­lors have clashed over the de­ci­sion, after Coat­bridge North SNP rep­re­sen­ta­tive Al­lan Stubbs pro­posed that the re­quested traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures should be in­stalled as re­quested, only for the sug­ges­tion to be out­voted.

Par ty col­league Greg Len­non, who rep­re­sents the Glen­boig ward, crit­i­cised the de­ci­sion of the in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee – chaired by fel­low ward rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michael McPake, who he be­lieves is “in a unique po­si­tion to do some­thing to deal with the is­sues peo­ple are fac­ing”.

Coun­cil­lor Len­non said: “Nearly 400 sig­na­tures is a huge num­ber for a small vil­lage and it shows the strength of feel­ing of the peo­ple of Glen­boig and Ramoan that traf­fic calm­ing should be in­tro­duced.

“We can only hope that no-one is se­ri­ously in­jured, or worse, as a re­sult of the de­ci­sion to do noth­ing to slow down traf­fic on these roads which were not de­signed to han­dle the vol­umes and types of traf­fic trav­el­ling on them ev­ery day.”

Labour rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil­lor McPake re­sponded: “Per­haps if Coun­cil­lor Len­non had spo­ken to me or coun­cil of­fi­cers about this, he would know that the main roads in Glen­boig and Ramoan do not cur­rently meet the cri­te­ria for traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures, as no ac­ci­dents have oc­curred there due to ex­ces­sive speed.

“He would also know that the sit­u­a­tion is be­ing mon­i­tored to re­spond to any fu­ture changes in that re­gard. The de­ci­sion [ was] made by a com­mit­tee of demo­crat­i­cally- elected mem­bers.

“I will con­tinue to work with all my con­stituents to lis­ten to their con­cerns about this and any other is­sues they may have.”

Lucky es­cape Jim and He­len Hughes

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