Safety bar­rier plea as ve­hi­cle hits flat

Stu­dent prop­erty di­rec­tor warns of po­ten­tial catas­tro­phe

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAKE KEITH

Calls for safety bar­ri­ers at the site of a po­ten­tially “cat­a­strophic” Dundee city cen­tre ac­ci­dent site have been re­newed.

A car smashed into a stu­dent flat at the junc­tion of Horse­wa­ter Wynd and Guthrie Street, off Hawkhill, at the week­end. No one was hurt when the car hit the build­ing but the oc­cu­pants of the flat have been moved to tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Lee Chad­wick, di­rec­tor of West One Prop­er­ties which man­ages neigh­bour­ing flats, said a year of de­mands for safety bar­ri­ers had gone un­heeded.

He said: “If the ac­ci­dent had hap­pened at Hawkhill/Horse­wa­ter Wynd some­one would be dead if a car or lorry went into the ground floor bed­room that we man­age.

“The im­pact could be cat­a­strophic.”

He said the coun­cil told him the streetscape would “not pro­vide enough space” for a bar­rier.

An ac­ci­dent which saw a car veer off the road into a Dundee stu­dent’s kitchen win­dow has led to fears a pedes­trian could be killed un­less safety is im­proved.

The early morn­ing crash hap­pened at the junc­tion of Horse­wa­ter Wynd and Guthrie Street.

The stu­dents liv­ing in the Keiller Court flat, man­aged by Ard­muir, were not at home when the car crashed into the kitchen, smash­ing the lower win­dow, which sits above the sink.

Stonework sur­round­ing the win­dow was also dam­aged, leav­ing parts of the car’s bumper wedged in it.

There were no in­juries but West One Prop­er­ties, which man­ages neigh­bour­ing flats, say they have been call­ing for the coun­cil to in­stall pedes­trian bar­ri­ers in the area for al­most a year to pre­vent such an ac­ci­dent.

Di­rec­tor Lee Chad­wick first raised con­cerns some­one could be knocked down in Jan­uary but was told by the coun­cil the streetscape would “not pro­vide enough space” for a bar­rier.

Mr Chad­wick said: “I have been ask­ing for a ve­hi­cle bar­rier for the last 12 months, to no avail.

“The fact there hasn’t been an ac­ci­dent in five years is a mir­a­cle.

“If the ac­ci­dent had hap­pened at Hawkhill/Horse­wa­ter Wynd some­one would be dead if a car or lorry went into the ground floor bed­room that we man­age. The im­pact could be cat­a­strophic.”

The res­i­dents have been moved to tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion while the dam­age is sur­veyed and re­paired.

Coun­cil­lor Fraser Macpherson, who has called for a pedes­trian safety re­view of the busy area for a num­ber of years, said: “I agree with Lee.

“Some bar­ri­ers placed along the pave­ment would make a lot of sense. It’s a frus­tra­tion it has taken an ac­ci­dent for this to be taken se­ri­ously but we are where we are.

“Thank­fully there has been no in­juries.

“It re­in­forces the need for a re­view. The safety of pedes­tri­ans is para­mount.”

He added: “The is­sue ex­tends from Horse­wa­ter Wynd all the way along the north side of Hawkhill to the West Port round­about.

“The area is busy at all times of the day and night, par­tic­u­larly with stu­dents who live in flats around the area.”

A spokesper­son for the po­lice said the ac­ci­dent was re­ported shortly be­fore 2am on Satur­day.

“A car had left the road and struck a build­ing, how­ever the driver of the car was not in­jured,” they said.

“The driver pro­vided a pos­i­tive breath test and was ar­rested and charged with drink-driving.

“He was re­leased on an un­der­tak­ing to ap­pear at Dundee Sher­iff Court at a later date.”

A Dundee City Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “The coun­cil mon­i­tors safety on roads across Dundee.”

The scene of the in­ci­dent at the junc­tion of Horse­wa­ter Wynd and Guthrie Street in Dundee.

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