Road works are driving customers away!

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A CHIP shop owner has slammed East Dunbartonshire Council after seeing his business crippled by a road closure.

Eastside, in Kirkintilloch, is currently closed to traffic approaching from the town centre while Eastside Bridge undergoes a £200,000 revamp.

Franco Dinardo, who owns DiNardo’s Chip Shop, says that the diversion put in place has meant that passing traffic, and custom, has virtually dried up.

And his problems worsened when the council carried out road resurfacing work directly outside his shop from Monday to Wednesday last week.

He told the Herald: “My takings are down by about 70 per cent because of the bridge closure.

“There are no buses or taxis going by and there was a sign saying the footbridge was closed, which wasn’t the case, but it stopped people walking down the road.

“It’s a disaster. The work is due to go on until the end of April.

“The final insult was the roadworks. They completely blocked the front of my shop.

“last Wednesday I was working from 10am-2pm and I only had one sale.”

ROAD LAYOUT

Mr DiNardo says the council should have looked at the surrounding road layout before carrying out the work.

He claims that changing the direction of one-way traffic on nearby Ledgate could have solved many of the problems.

He said: “The one-way system around here worked 27 years ago before all the new roads were built, but now it needs to be looked at again. Changing the direction of traffic on Ledgate would make traffic flow better, even after the bridge has been completed.”

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshie Council, said: “The council is carrying out essential works to improve and strengthen Eastside Bridge, which inevitably will cause some disruption to the area.

“The road resurfacing was carried out to coincide with the work on the bridge therefore removing the need for additional disruptions when the bridge reopens.

SAFETY

“Council officers did investigate reversing the one-way system on Ledgate, however, this presented safety concerns for the nursery on Ledgate, and issues for residents including accommodating the existing parking.

“There would have also been a need for temporary four way traffiic lights at the junction of Ledgate and Glasgow Road, which would have exacerbated the delays on the diversion route. “

The council official added: “For these reasons the proposal was not taken forward.”