Rat-run in Bishopbriggs needs closed off for good say fed-up families

PHOTO. Jamie Forbes 26.8.13 BISHOPBRIGGS. Mentieth Avenue. Local residents enjoyed the road being closed.
PHOTO. Jamie Forbes 26.8.13 BISHOPBRIGGS. Mentieth Avenue. Local residents enjoyed the road being closed.

Fed-up families are hoping a ‘rat run’ in Bishopbriggs which was closed to through-traffic for two months might be shut off for good.

Menteith Avenue was blocked off between its junctions with Woodhill Road and Hazel Dene from June until August.

Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) was carrying out a £100,000 upgrade of 370m of the gas network.

Local residents welcomed the move, as did Woodhill Residents’ Association.

Charlie Griffiths, who lives in Menteith Avenue, said: “Our family thought the road closure was great.

“It was amazing how quiet the street was – particularly in the evenings – and our three small children thoroughly enjoyed scooters and football.

“Now I’m afraid we are back to impatient speeding drivers.

“We would definitely be up for the road being closed on a permanent basis and I think our neighbours would too.

“We’ve long been concerned about traffic speeds and although we’ve had some new signs we need something more effective to slow the cars and have been asking the council for action for some time.”

He expressed sympathy for the dad-of-three who called for traffic calming measures on Brackenbrae Road in last week’s Bishopbriggs Herald.

He said: “We have exactly the same problem. It seems we need to wait for an accident before something is done.”

East Dunbartonshire Council’s director of neighbourhood services, Grace Irvine, said: “Residents are welcome to petition the council or to speak to their local councillor to put forward their proposal.

“The proposal would then go through a formal process whereby its validity would be assessed before being taken to a wider public consultation.

“To find out more about the consultation process and details on local councillors visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk”

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