Resident fears he’s getting nowhere on ‘forgotten’ road

Photograph Jamie Forbes 24.7.13  Fly-tipping on Lumloch Road, near Wallace Well Monument.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 24.7.13 Fly-tipping on Lumloch Road, near Wallace Well Monument.

A pothole-riven road – which is regularly targeted by fly-tippers – has been ignored for years claims a disgusted local resident.

Lumloch Road – between Auchinloch and Robroyston – straddles three different council areas – Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire.

A local resident told the Herald: “I’ve been complaining about the huge potholes on this road for two or three years, perhaps 21 times in total.”

He said he had been in contact with all three councils, but claimed no-one wanted to take responsibility.

“Nothing is being done and no-one seems interested,” he said.

“I contacted a local councillor, Frances McGlinchey, who was very helpful, but even her efforts have been ignored by Glasgow City Council.

“Have a look at the road yourselves – potholes, rubbish and a builder’s sack of rubble. If a motorbike hits it in the dark there could be a fatality.

“The road is rutted, pitted and worn out along its length from the brow of the hill and heading north west towards Bishopbriggs.

“The worst of the potholes are on the brow of the hill, adjacent to an opening into the farmer’s field. There is an exposed water toby there too.”

Grace Irvine, director of neighbourhood services, said: “East Dunbartonshire Council own a small section of Lumloch Road at the junction of Auchinairn Road. Due to boundary changes several years ago the rest of the section of the road is owned by neighbouring councils. If anyone does spot a problem with the section of road belonging to us then they can report it on 0300 1234510.”

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: “Only part of the road is under our control. We have had it inspected and repair works will be scheduled.”

Dave Smart, business manager for roads operations at North Lanarkshire Council, said: “Following a change by the Boundary Commission, Glasgow City Council now has responsibility for one side of Lumloch Road while North Lanarkshire Council is responsible for the other half.

“We monitor the condition of the road as part of our inspection programme and any repair work is carried out as required. We would also act on any complaints from the public about problems with the road surface.”

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