Council to clear safety risk in Bishopbriggs

Vegetation blocking sightlines in Bishopbriggs
Vegetation blocking sightlines in Bishopbriggs

An angry motorist has accused council chiefs of placing drivers at risk by failing to prune back untended roadside vegetation.

Last week, the Herald received a complaint regarding an overgrown shrub obscuring the view of road users heading out of Angus Avenue, in Bishopbriggs.

Resident John Myatt said 
the protruding shrub posed a safety hazard to drivers turning onto Wester Cleddens Road, adding there was ‘no way’ to see oncoming traffic.

Mr Myatt said he had already brought the matter to the council’s attention but had received no reply.

But when approached by the Herald, officials later agreed to carry out the necessary maintenance.

However, Mr Myatt remains highly-critical of the council for failing to manage the shrub in the first place.

He said: “It is a disgrace, whoever is making these decisions should take a long hard look at themselves.

“The council are putting people at risk just so they can save a little bit of money.

“I don’t know what they are thinking - safety should always come first.”

He added: “I know the area and this has always been a dangerous junction to begin with.

“Drivers have always had to creep forward a little bit as they were coming out of Angus Avenue, but that shrub made it even worse.

“There was no way you could see the traffic coming, and very little chance of being able to stop in time if you had.”

On Thursday, council officials contacted Mr Myatt
 to inform him that the shrub is to be trimmed back by 
maintenance crews in the near future.

Grace Irvine, director of neighbourhood services said: “We would like to thank the resident for bringing this matter to our attention.

“We can confirm that this shrub is maintained by East Dunbartonshire Council and we will carry out any necessary works.”