Work set to last un­til end of Jan­uary

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Cam­bus­bar­ron res­i­dents said this week that work cur­rently un­der­way to in­stall full fi­bre broad­band in­fra­struc­ture has thrown the vil­lage into chaos.

They pointed to poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion from project leader Ci­tyFi­bre, road di­ver­sions and clo­sures, lack of ac­cess to shops and cur­tailed bus ser­vices.

Work from Touch Road down Main Street at its junc­tion with Mur­ray Place, in­volv­ing di­ver­sions and traf­fic lights, started in mid Novem­ber. It con­tin­ued with work on Main Street to­wards its junc­tion with Birkhill Road and down Birkhill Road in De­cem­ber.

How­ever, road clo­sures on Main Street be­gan this week from the junc­tion at Mill Hill to the junc­tion of Mur­ray Place. And Main Street road clo­sures - from Mur­ray Place to the Birkhill Road junc­tion – are set to con­tinue from Jan­uary 21 to 30.

Mem­bers of Cam­bus­bar­ron Com­mu­nity Coun­cil last week met with Ci­tyFi­bre to urge them to mod­ify this month’s pro­gramme of works fol­low­ing Novem­ber and De­cem­ber’s dis­rup­tion.

Cam­bus­bar­ron Com­mu­nity Coun­cil chair­per­son Mar­ion MacAl­lis­ter said this week: “There has been a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lack of re­spect. Not ev­ery­one re­ceived a leaflet through their door in Novem­ber telling them about the work gen­er­ally.

“House­holds were sup­posed to get a knock on the door from a Ci­tyFi­bre rep­re­sen­ta­tive. That didn’t hap­pen in many in­stances. And no road clo­sures were men­tioned at that point. We knew the pave­ment was be­ing cut up and there would be in­con­ve­nience, but we didn’t know about road clo­sures.

“When the di­ver­sion work started it caused a lot of dif­fi­culty for peo­ple go­ing about their busi­ness, both re­tail­ers and res­i­dents, many of them el­derly. But the work set for Jan­uary – over 20 days– is too much for the vil­lage to cope with.

“There’s a great depth of feel­ing in the vil­lage about it.”

Mrs MacAl­lis­ter added that no­ti­fi­ca­tion of Jan­uary 8 to 17 road clo­sures came in an email from Ci­tyFi­bre dated De­cem­ber 10 when work was well un­der­way – and she first heard of the sec­ond round of road clo­sures from Jan­uary 21 to 30 “ac­ci­den­tally” in an email dated De­cem­ber 28 from a Stir­ling Coun­cil of­fi­cial about bus di­ver­sions. News of more Main Street road clo­sures, she said, came as “a con­sid­er­able shock.”

She added: “We have been told all about the ad­van­tages of the broad­band in­fra­struc­ture, but what Ci­tyFi­bre fail to see is that the as­so­ci­ated works are hav­ing a huge im­pact on a small com­mu­nity.”

At last Fri­day’s meet­ing Ci­tyFi­bre rep­re­sen­ta­tives were urged to look at the clo­sures set to take place from Jan­uary 21 again af­ter the com­mu­nity coun­cil put for­ward al­ter­na­tives.

Mrs MacAl­lis­ter added: “Ci­tyFi­bre have made prom­ises. They have said they will try to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion and will look at things again, as well as com­pen­sa­tion for re­tail­ers se­ri­ously af­fected by the work.”

Ci­tyFi­bre’s city de­vel­op­ment man­ager for Stir­ling Elaine Doherty said this week: “We are work­ing closely with com­mu­nity lead­ers, do­ing every­thing pos­si­ble to min­imise dis­rup­tion to local res­i­dents and apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused to those af­fected by road clo­sures.

“As we roll out the new net­work, we will con­tinue to abide by all coun­cil pro­cesses and keep res­i­dents up­dated on planned works.”

Stir­ling Coun­cil leader and Stir­ling west coun­cil­lor Scott Farmer said this week: “I ap­pre­ci­ate the com­mu­nity’s con­cerns here and share their frus­tra­tions on how these works will im­pact daily life. Thank­fully the di­ver­sions are only tem­po­rary and our pub­lic trans­port team have been out speak­ing to res­i­dents who use the af­fected ser­vices to help spread the mes­sage.

“There will be more in­for­ma­tion in the com­ing weeks and months and we are work­ing with Ci­tyFi­bre to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tions and en­gage­ment with our com­mu­ni­ties as Fi­bre to the Home con­struc­tion con­tin­ues through­out Stir­ling.”

The work set for Jan­uary - over 20 days - is too much for the vil­lage to cope with

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