Crazy parkers putting lives at risk

Westerhill Road roundabout in Bishopbriggs. Workers have been parking in blocked-off access points on the roundabout and are reversing into traffic when they leave at night 6.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Westerhill Road roundabout in Bishopbriggs. Workers have been parking in blocked-off access points on the roundabout and are reversing into traffic when they leave at night 6.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

DOZY drivers are reversing into traffic on a busy roundabout in Bishopbriggs, it has been claimed.

East Dunbartonshire Council painted yellow lines on Westerhill Road in Bishopbriggs earlier this year after residents raised concerns about nearby workers parking on the street.

However, residents say the dangerous situation is continuing as workers are now parking in blocked-off access points on a roundabout in the street – and reversing into on-coming traffic when they leave at the end of the day.

A spokesperson for Bishopbriggs Community Council said: “These drivers are putting lives at risk.

“Instead of parking in their place of work’s car park they are parking in these access points so they don’t have to wait in a queue to leave at 5pm when they go home.

“This road is getting busier all the time and it is used by a lot of learners and heavy goods training vehicles, as well as schoolchildren.

“The last thing you expect when driving on a roundabout is a car reversing onto it.

“It is bad now, but at least there’s daylight, what will happen in the winter when it’s dark?”

Inspector John O’Neill of Bishopbriggs police station said: “There have been various concerns raised by motorists regarding inconsiderate parking of vehicles in Westerhill Road.

“This often stems from workers who refuse to use the staff car park, favouring being able to park as close to their work’s premises as possible.

“The company have been helpful in sending round e-mails asking staff to park in the car park provided, but these are being ignored.

“My own officers will continue to monitor the area and take action against motorists as and when appropriate.

“If anyone has any specific information regarding vehicles causing an obstruction or carrying out dangerous manoeuvres then we will be happy to investigate.”

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The roads service has recently introduced waiting and loading restrictions along a section of Westerhill Road.

“There are two accesses adjacent to the road where some drivers presently park their vehicles.

“Whilst the roads service works very closely with Strathclyde Police, it is them who are responsible for the enforcement of the parking restrictions.”