Half mil­lion cy­cle project in chaos

Po­lice have warned new de­sign is un­safe

Ayrshire Post - - Maybole And North Carrick - Pippa Smith

A £ 500,000 cy­cle cross­ing could be ditched over safety con­cerns.

South Ayr­shire coun­cil­lors - who were handed ex­ter­nal fund­ing for the scheme - have given back the cash amid fears the project is “too dan­ger­ous”.

Now lead­ing mem­bers of the coun­cil’s own ad­min­is­tra­tion are bid­ding to have the project scrapped.

The Tou­can cross­ing, so- called be­cause it al­lows pedes­tri­ans and bikes to cross to­gether, is pro­posed at Ayr’s Al­loway to Bur­ton Un­der­pass.

But fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion will now take place with com­mu­nity coun­cils and busi­nesses.

It fol­lows po­lice ad­vice that the new de­sign for the ex­ist­ing cross­ing point on the A719 Dunure Road is “un­safe”.

And they la­belled a plan to ex­tend the 30mph speed limit be­yond the ex­ist­ing cross­ing into ru­ral land as “in­ap­pro­pri­ate”.

Now SNP coun­cil­lors Siob­hian Brown, Craig Mackay, and Laura Bren­nan- White­field have joined with Labour’s Ian Ca­vana to de­mand a sec­ond look at the project.

Cllr Brown said: “I feel it is ir­re­spon­si­ble for elected mem­bers to dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional ad­vice to im­prove and se­cure pub­lic safety from Po­lice Scot­land and Ayr­shire Roads Al­liance.”

Af­ter hand­ing back the out­side fund­ing, the coun­cil may now be li­able for large parts of the project should they press ahead.

A source close to the coun­cil said: “They’ve gone from hav­ing full fund­ing to open a bridge to now do­ing some­thing that is dan­ger­ous - and they don’t have any money to do it.

“They might need to reap­ply for the money but the coun­cil will prob­a­bly end up be­ing li­able for half of that.

“They can’t jus­tify spend­ing money on that be­cause they al­ready had that money and they gave it back.

“The bot­tom line is they had full fund­ing for it and that money is now gone.”

A spokesman for the Ayr­shire Roads Al­liance said: “The pa­per has been called in and no de­ci­sion has there­fore been made.

“It would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate for the Ayr­shire Roads Al­liance to pro­vide com­ment at this time.”

The Au­dit and Gover­nance Panel will meet to­mor­row ( Thurs­day) to fur­ther dis­cuss the plan.

Siob­hian Brown

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