Walkers forced to dodge 60mph vehicles

Cllrs Anne McNair and David Ritchie on path between Lennoxtown and Torrance.  17.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Cllrs Anne McNair and David Ritchie on path between Lennoxtown and Torrance. 17.11.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

OVERGROWN trees and bushes are forcing people to walk out onto a busy 60mph road, it has been claimed.

Councillors David Ritchie and Anne McNair say obstructions, including traffic cones, overhanging trees and bushes, are causing a hazard.

The councillors are calling for the path, that runs along the main road from Lennoxtown to Torrance, to be cleared so it can be used safely by walkers.

Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor David Ritchie said: “This path should be made safe. It is full of obstructions and people should be able to walk on it without going onto the road.

“The path is there and it’s the duty of the council to make it accessible.

“We know there are limited funds but the council should clear any blockages so pedestrians can use it safely.”

Bishopbriggs North and Torrance councillor Anne McNair said: “Our main concern is getting the obstacles cleared to make sure people don’t have to walk on the road. It’s a dangerous road with lots of traffic and if someone steps out, there could be a serious accident.”

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services in East Dunbartonshire, said: “Officially there’s no footway alongside this road, only a well trodden unmade roadside verge. Concerning overhanging bushes/branches the roads service will approach the landowner to ask them to cut these back. Following an inspection an uprooted tree stump was observed and this will be removed and the verge reinstated.”