Cash sunk into Kirkintilloch’s main street

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KIRKINTILLOCH town centre has been given a much-needed boost thanks to £60,000 worth of resurfacing work.

Cowgate has long been the cause of complaints from residents and shoppers, with pedestrians risking a soaking from big puddles gathering after heavy rain.

A burst water hydrant delayed the work, which was originally meant to be completed by Thursday, but the finishing touches were added last Friday afternoon.

It meant that the new smooth surface was finished in time for the Kirkintilloch Canal Festival.

Dr Lynn Thrower, roads and neighbourhood operations manager, said: “In line with our roads maintenance programme and in response to customer feedback, the council has carried out resurfacing works on Cowgate and West High Street.

“The team pulled out all the stops to get this work completed before the weekend’s canal festival activities began and I’m delighted that this was achieved.

“We would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience whilst the work has been underway.

“I’m sure that we are all pleased that this is now complete.”

The work is the latest to be carried out in a series of major resurfacing projects done over the summer - leading to inevitable tailbacks and road closures around East Dunbartonshire during the school holidays.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “I must apologise for any disruption caused to residents, shoppers and businesses, but it was something that really needed done and we have tried to manage resurfacing works over the summer as best we can.

“We have tried as much as possible to carry out as much of the work over the school holidays when the roads are quieter.”