‘Post­pone dou­ble yel­low lines’ call

Stirling Observer - - DEAN LOCKHART -

Dear Edi­tor I re­fer to the ar­ti­cle Stir­ling Ob­server head­lined ‘Works spark busi­ness fury’ (De­cem­ber 21, 2018).

This re­port was writ­ten as a re­sult of Kil­learn Com­mu­nity Coun­cil’s in­sis­tence on the in­stal­la­tion of a pedes­trian cross­ing and dou­ble yel­low lines ini­tially on Sta­tion Road and lat­terly, at the eleventh hour, on Bal­fron Road at this junc­tion. This ad­di­tional dou­ble yel­low line in­stal­la­tion on Bal­fron Road was sanc­tioned by KCC with nei­ther prior con­sul­ta­tion nor dis­cus­sion with those busi­nesses and ser­vices most af­fected by this pro­posed park­ing re­stric­tion, which will re­sult in a re­duc­tion of the ex­ist­ing lim­ited park­ing in this lo­ca­tion.

The com­mu­nity coun­cil chair­man’s state­ment in the Ob­server’ that these ad­di­tional dou­ble yel­low lines on Bal­fron Road re­ceived ‘no com­ment’ is in­deed ‘sig­nif­i­cant’. That is be­cause nei­ther the com­mu­nity coun­cil dis­cussed this at their meet­ings nor did Stir­ling Coun­cil road’s depart­ment ap­proach those busi­nesses and ser­vices likely to be most af­fected, prior to their pro­posed im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Bal­fron Road dou­ble yel­low lines, un­til one day be­fore work be­gan at the junc­tion.

With­out con­sul­ta­tion, to have your area’s com­mu­nity coun­cil agree­ing to in­stalling dou­ble yel­low lines in front of these Bal­fron Road busi­nesses with­out con­sid­er­a­tion of the neg­a­tive ef­fect this would have on trade is rep­re­hen­si­ble.

Adding in­sult to in­jury, KCC agreed for the pedes­trian cross­ing work to be car­ried out two weeks be­fore Christ­mas, the busiest trad­ing time of the year.

May I sug­gest that un­til the pro­posed sur­vey by the coun­cil’s roads depart­ment on park­ing gen­er­ally in Kil­learn vil­lage is car­ried out this year, it would be pru­dent for the com­mu­nity coun­cil to re­quest that the in­tro­duc­tion of these dou­ble lines in Bal­fron Road be post­poned un­til the re­sult of this of­fi­cial re­port is made known.

An­nika Tul­loch Town and Coun­try De­signs di­rec­tor and Kil­learn res­i­dent

Blue view Deb­o­rah O Hara, of Cal­lan­der, took this pic­ture ear­lier this week dur­ing a cy­cle at Loch Ve­nachar. IF you have pic­tures of our area you think will in­ter­est read­ers email them to john.row­[email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com, or send them to the Ob­server at 34 Up­per Craigs, Stir­ling, FK82DW.

Hit­ting out An­nika Tul­loch (right) with Mag­gie Jack­son, Jack­son Vets, Kil­learn

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