Concern mounts over junction safety Residents say complaints have so far fallen on deaf ears
Vocal protesters have demanded council road bosses carry out work to make a busy Linwood junction safer.
The group, led by councillor Alison Dowling, claim the Dents Corner site is in desperate need of upgrades after raising safety concerns.
More than 20 frustrated residents loudly chanted for action at the corner, which is close to a Mosswood Care Home and Clippens Primary School.
The elected member for Houston, Crosslee and Linwood insists her attempts to have the site transformed have so far fallen on deaf ears at Renfrewshire Council.
She told the Paisley Daily Express: “The traffic works at Dents Corner have still not been completed, although the road has been dug up numerous times for what looks like underground works, as there have been no changes to the surface.
“This work needs to be carried out as soon as possible as there has been yet another accident at this corner, and pedestrians are being forced to walk on the road to avoid works on the pavement.”
Councillor Dowling explained local residents are becoming increasingly concerned about the situation.
She added: “The level of concern that has been highlighted to me by residents and via Linwood Community Council regarding the safety of the road layout, was unfortunately vindicated by a crash at the area.
“Residents’ concerns focus on the increased traffic caused by drivers using the road as a rat run to avoid the congestion in the morning, the increased traffic to the new school, confusing road markings and lack of traffic management.
“Our fear is that they will combine to trigger a tragedy if something is not done. Even in the middle of the day, the lack of clear road markings at that corner constitute a hazard, and the extremely poor postindustrial condition of the pavements at that corner are an added concern.”
A spokeswoma n for Renfrewshire Council said: “The Council contacted Scottish Gas Networks who were carrying out emergency work at Dents Corner to make the location safe after the footpath was temporarily obstructed. This has since been done and we will continue to monitor the situation.
“The priorities at the junction are clearly marked and in January this year, advance signing was erected on all four main approaches. Cats eyes in between the two white lines will also be installed and these are on order.”