You’ve slipped up already, claim fed-up locals over attempts to combat snow and ice

7.12.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. Kirkintilloch. Monklands Avenue. 77 year old Morris McCabe scraping the ice off his path and the pavement.
7.12.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. Kirkintilloch. Monklands Avenue. 77 year old Morris McCabe scraping the ice off his path and the pavement.

TIME to show true grit – that’s the message from residents unhappy with council efforts to tackle snow and ice in East Dunbartonshire.

Locals have rounded on the council for not doing enough to tackle the first sustained bout of winter weather – claiming roads and pavements were treacherous.

The Herald asked readers on our website and Facebook what they thought and received a blizzard of comments.

There was a consesus that the main roads were cleared, but side roads and pavements were left untouched for days – with some not thawing out.

Worst affected areas included:

* The Greens in Kirkintilloch

* Pavements in Harestanes

* Communities such as Waterside and Twechar

* The school playground at Gartconner Primary, described as being “like an ice rink”

* Pavements covered with sheet ice on Gallowhill Avenue, Lenzie

* Treacherous walkways on streets near Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre and also at Woodhead Park

* Side streets in Milton of Campsie

* Southbank Marina bridge and the canal path – causing concern at the back gate of St Ninian’s High

Tommy Cairney, who lives in The Greens area of Kirkintilloch, said: “Old people couldn’t get out for days. It was like a skating rink.

“The gritters never came near. I think the only bit that was done was from the top of Parkburn down to the school, where the pavement was cleared a bit. It’s a disgrace. Every year it’s the same.”

John Murray, who also lives in The Greens, said: “This area is a bus route. I know they have to do major roads first, but we are getting left out.”

David Devine, head of roads and services at the council, defended its response.

He said: “The council’s winter maintenance service is one of the most extensive in Scotland, with more than 60 per cent of our road network included in our list of primary gritting routes. A copy of our Winter Service Plan is available on the council’s website.

“There is no current shortage of salt supplies at this point in time this winter, although the situation continues to be monitored.

“For local weather conditions and the council’s planned responses, there are daily updates on the council website.”

The council’s website address is: www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk

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