Council slammed for showing a lack of grit

Icy streets and pavements caused problems.
Icy streets and pavements caused problems.

Angry pedestrians and motorists have hit out at council chiefs after roads and pavements were left covered with ice for over a week.

As a combination of snow and arctic temperatures hit Scotland the Herald office was inundated with complaints about dangerously slippy surfaces.

And days after the worst of the weather hit, the complaints continued to roll in.

Elizabeth Moore told the Herald: “I would like to know what this council is doing with our grit.

“They certainly haven’t been gritting where I am.

“They usually grit Monkland Avenue but this hasn’t been done.

“It is now four days since the snow came and nothing has been done - will they wait till there is an accident before anything is done?”

Other roads causing problems are Garngaber Avenue in Lenzie, Mill Crescent in Torrance, Glorat Avenue in Lennoxtown, Birdston Road in Milton of Campsie and Waterside Road and Cowgate in Kirkintilloch.

Meanwhile on Facebook Sandy Frances was concerned about the older members of the community, saying: “Our elderly feel vulnerable enough out and about in our society, now they have the added fear of falling and breaking bones.

“It’s ridiculous.”

And there were worries about pupil safety after pavements outside primary schools were left like ice rinks.

Yazmene Doherty said: “The pavements outside Holy Family Primary at The Greens entrance is terrible.

“I can hardly push my pram through the ice, not to mention how dangerous it is having to walk on the road.

“It’s a sad day when the road is safer to walk on than the path.”

Tracey Brannan added: “The pavement leading up to Holy Family Primary is so bad we are having to walk on road.”

But Grace Irvine, the council’s director of neighbourhood services, insisted that gritters had been out in force.

She said: “Since Friday (January 16), there have been eight gritters on the roads of East Dunbartonshire on an almost 24 hour basis.

“These have been treating our primary routes, although our secondary routes were also gritted twice.

“Priority pavements have been treated every day since Friday and our teams have also been keeping more than 400 grit bins stocked.

“All roads highlighted are on our primary routes and have been treated every day since the cold snap began and sometimes several times each day.”