Driv­ers skip­ping road works dam­age scenic road

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

A fed-up Gar­tocharn res­i­dent says care­less driv­ers have caused “ir­repara­ble dam­age” to a scenic road while us­ing it to avoid road­works.

Harry Evans, who lives at Navy Mill Farm, in Dun­cryne Road, was hor­ri­fied at the con­di­tion of the road lead­ing to his house fol­low­ing two week­ends of road­works.

The fum­ing 84-year-old, who has lived on his farm for over 30 years, has crit­i­cised bosses at West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil and the na­tional park for al­low­ing the road to be used, and says the heavy traf­fic has caused se­ri­ous dam­age to the ru­ral road which is part of the John Muir Way.

Re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer Harry said: “All the coun­cil and the na­tional park do is go on about how im­por­tant it is to pre­serve ru­ral ar­eas of Loch Lomond and they have let th­ese cars just de­stroy the road and the ground right along it. It looks an ab­so­lute dis­grace.

“They should never have been al­lowed to use this road to drive through - it was just far too busy.

“We had lor­ries and cars tow­ing car­a­vans mount­ing the grass as noone could get past.”

Harry says he and his wife June, 78, even gave up try­ing to leave the house dur­ing the work as the vol­ume of traf­fic on the small road was so bad it took him two hours to travel less than two miles.

He con­tin­ued: “It was ab­so­lute car­nage.

“There seems to have been no thought into the fact that heavy traf­fic is just not suit­able for th­ese roads.

“The dam­age is just ridicu­lous and it’s the cars com­ing through which have caused this.

“The vol­ume of traf­fic was also an is­sue. It took me over an hour and a half to travel less than two miles to get my pa­per.

“I just never both­ered leav­ing the house af­ter that.”

Driv­ers were forced to use the smaller roads on the week­ends of October 6 and 13 in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate the road­works by the coun­cil on the A811 at Stir­ling Road, Bal­loch to Gar­tocharn.

Be­cause of resur­fac­ing, the road was closed from the from the A813 Car­rochan Road to Stir­ling Coun­cil Bound­ary from 7pm un­til 6pm each day.

A West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil spokesman said: “We are sorry the res­i­dent was in­con­ve­nienced by th­ese vi­tal road­works.

“Dun­cryne Road was not used as a sign­posted di­ver­sion route for th­ese works, how­ever, it may have been used by more driv­ers than nor­mal.

“De­fects on any of our roads will be re­paired.”

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