Con­cern mounts over junc­tion safety Res­i­dents say com­plaints have so far fallen on deaf ears

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Al­i­son Ren­nie

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.”

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