Kirkintilloch residents demand clean-up of multi-million-pound link road

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A road which was built at a cost of £30million to attract businesses and visitors is in danger of becoming a “litter-choked embarrassment”.

That’s the concern of Kirkintilloch residents who say that the 4km Initiative Road, which opened in December 2010 to link the town with the motorway network, is not being properly maintained.

The road has still to be formally adopted by East Dunbartonshire Council and currently its maintenance is the responsibility of Kirkintilloch Link Road Management Board – made up of representatives from a number of organisations including the council, NHS and the consortium of builders from the nearby Woodilee Village housing development.

But those who use the road regularly say that NO regular maintenance is being carried out, leaving the grass verges overgrown and litter to build up at the side of the road.

Kirkintilloch resident Phil Webb said: “The complete section of road right up to the bypass is a disgrace because of the continuing build-up of litter.

“I have contacted East Dunbartonshire Council about this on two occasions, but it would appear to have fallen on deaf ears.”

Another resident, who lives near the major artery, said that the state of the road could have serious implications for the image of the town.

He warned: “This will be the first part of Kirkintilloch many first-time visitors to the town will see.

“There are advertisements encouraging businesses to move to Kirkintilloch and yet it’s a pretty mixed message when you see the sort of state it’s been allowed to get into.

“Why would anybody want to move to a place where the main road is a litter-choked embarrassment?”

Thomas Glen, the council’s director of development and regeneration, said recently: “Responsibility for maintenance of Initiative Road lies with the Kirkintilloch Link Road Management Board and at a meeting this morning, the board committed to clear up the road, roundabout and verges within the next four weeks.”

One reader on Facebook said: “It’s good the council is cleaning up the litter, but it wouldn’t be necessary in the first place if louts didn’t hurl rubbish from their cars. I saw one bampot the other day throw fast food debris out of their window and drive away. Disgraceful.”

Keep Scotland Beautiful leads a volunteer-based National Spring Clean and is encouraging people to get involved. Visit www.cleanupscotland.com

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