Roadworks spark fury in Kirkintilloch

Shell garage, Kirkintilloch.  Garage owner Joe McEnaney complaining road works having major affect on business 5.8.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Shell garage, Kirkintilloch. Garage owner Joe McEnaney complaining road works having major affect on business 5.8.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

MAJOR traffic disruption has hit part of Kirkintilloch – with a road dug up for a second time.

Businessman Joe McEnaney thought that work on Glasgow Road, in Kirkintillloch, by ScottishPower was finished after four weeks of disruption.

But the boss of the Shell garage at Westermains says the road has been dug up again, because the power company forgot to run in a low voltage cable while connecting two sub-stations.

Mr McEnaney said: “This is absolutely scandalous.

“If they forgot to put a cable in then that is their mistake and they should be made to pay compensation.

“I’ve lost thousands of pounds in business because of this.

“Drivers who are having to wait at the temporary traffic lights won’t want to come into my garage, because they don’t know when they’ll get back out onto the road.”

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said, “Unfortunately, following the recent roadworks on Glasgow Road, ScottishPower has advised that they require to lay a low voltage power cable for five days, commencing on Monday, August 8.

“Temporary traffic lights will be in operation between Beaufort Drive and Hayston Road.

“I realise that this is further inconvenience to local businesses, residents and commuters who have been patient throughout the initial roadworks, but we have been assured by Scottish Power that these works are necessary and that they will carry them out as quickly as possible.”

A spokesperson for ScottishPower said: “We will be carrying out work in the Hayston area to reinforce the local electricity network. There are a number of pumps in the area to help prevent flooding. When in operation they can put a strain on the local network, which we are seeking to address.

“The majority of this work will be carried out to coincide with local authority plans to resurface roads and pavements in and around Hayston, with approximately 50 metres of work on Glasgow Road as well.

“This is separate to previous work undertaken, and has been planned to coincide with the resurfacing work.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we expect the job to last for a maximum of a week.”