Report into accident blackspot is finished

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An independent investigation into an accident blackspot which has been the scene of two major crashes in recent months is now complete.

East Dunbartonshire Council is currently considering the recommendations of the report on Waterside Road and Bankhead Road, Kirkintilloch.

The findings are likely to be released to the public within the next week and hopes are high that a solution is now imminent.

It is also hoped a meeting can be organised imminently between the council, local politicians, police and residents. Last October, Stephen Wright and his family cheated death when a car smashed into their house on the junction of Waterside Road and Bankhead Road, in Kirkintilloch.

A few weeks ago, they were shocked when a motorbike crashed at the same spot, with a pillion passenger left lying in their front garden.

The Herald has been campaigning for action to be taken and traffic claming measures to be installed along with the family, residents, councillors Jack Young and John Jamieson and Kirkintilloch East MP Stuart McDonald.

The council bowed to public pressure and after insisting it would await the formal police incident report before taking further action, then decided to commission the independent assessment “to examine the best solution to inhibit speeding.”

Grace Irvine, Director of Neighbourhood Services said this week: “We have just received the report and will now be considering the recommendations it contains. Findings will be shared with our elected members before going public.”

Councillor Young told the Herald he had informed Mr Wright about the latest news and added: “The council has said it will get back to local members within a week 
regarding the best solution to the problem.”

The council have also agreed to meet with local 
police and Mr McDonald to discuss the issue. The MP said this week he had spoken to the two local councillors and would be writing to East Dunbartonshire Council regarding the report.

He added: “I have not seen the report yet myself.

“Myself and Councillors Young and Jamieson agree now is the right time to put in a 
request for a meeting with the council, residents and police.

“This will give residents the chance to put forward their questions and concerns directly to the council. It will also enable the council to explain to residents what the report says and what it is going to do as the basis of the report.

He added he would 
continue to work with colleagues to push things forward “in support of local people and the Kirky Herald campaign.”