Calls for speed cuts

Coun­cil­lor’s warn­ing that some­one could be killed on roads

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

A coun­cil­lor has called for more action to be taken on “out- of- con­trol” speed­ing mo­torists.

In­de­pen­dent For­tis­sat mem­ber Tommy Cochrane has writ­ten to the coun­cil’s roads depart­ment in a bid to tackle the prob­lem in a num­ber of streets within Shotts.

Coun­cil­lor Cochrane said: It was high­lighted at the last com­mu­nity coun­cil meet­ing that speed­ing in the town of Shotts is get­ting out of con­trol.

“I un­der­stand that the po­lice are do­ing all they can to catch these peo­ple. How­ever in Shotts when the po­lice ar­rive, it is all over so­cial me­dia and the po­lice have to be highly vis­i­ble when us­ing a speed gun. When they go away, the speed­ing starts all over again.

“We there­fore need to look at more ac­tive mea­sures.

“I un­der­stand the bud­gets are tight, but how do we mea­sure safety?

“If af­ter high­light­ing this some­one is killed, where does the blame lie?

“Pub­lic safety comes first. If mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are com­ing to me high­light­ing prob­lems then we have to take it fur­ther.”

Coun­cil­lor Cochrane listed a num­ber of streets within the town which have had prob­lems with speed­ing in­clud­ing Dyfrig Street, Bon Ac­cord Cres­cent and Tul­loch Road.

He also listed Springhill Road, Ven­nacher Street and Tor­bothie Road.

Coun­cil­lor Cochrane added: “My ini­tial thoughts are that Dyfrig Street and Bon Ac­cord Cres­cent should be closed to traf­fic and school traf­fic must come from Sta­tion Road.

“This would stop the rat run which is that bad we get speed­ing traf­fic even in early morn­ings.

“Sec­ondly, surely this would im­prove the safety of school chil­dren en­ter­ing and leav­ing the high school.”

A spokesman for Nor th La­nark­shire Coun­cil said: “We have re­ceived a re­quest for traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures to be placed along var­i­ous streets in Shotts and we will re­spond to this re­quest in due course.”

Con­cerns For­tis­sat coun­cil­lor Tommy Cochrane

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