Drive for action

DEMAND: Kirkintilloch East MP Stuart McDonald
DEMAND: Kirkintilloch East MP Stuart McDonald

Support is building for the Herald’s campaign for urgent road safety measures at an accident blackspot.

Kirkintilloch East MP Stuart McDonald is demanding East Dunbartonshire Council take action now after two horror smashes at Waterside Road at its junction with Bankhead Road.

Over the past eight months, two out-of-control drivers have crashed into the home of Stephen Wright and his family.

Mr McDonald told the Herald: “I go up and down that road a lot. The council needs to take action now to get driver behaviour under control. Public concern is so significant something must be done.”

He joins the Herald, Kirkintilloch councillors Jack Young and John Jamieson, local residents and members of Waterside Community Council in a call for traffic calming measures to be installed.

The MP wants a meeting of police, council officials, local councillors and residents to discuss the best way forward.

He said: “The police have expressed a willingness to sit down with the council and local representatives to discuss all options.

“People need to be able to feel safe in their homes.”

Councillor Young, who has been at the forefront of the campaign, wants a crash barrier installed.

He said: “It is shocking people’s homes are being invaded in this way. It must not be 
allowed to happen again.

“The council is fortunate there has not been a fatality at this junction.”

As the Herald went to press, Grace Irvine, director of neighbourhood services said: “The council takes road safety concerns extremely seriously and it has been actively engaged with police since the first incident last year to discuss options to reduce any risk to residents and other road 
users from speeding drivers.

“While we would normally await the formal police incident report before taking further action, the council took the decision following last month’s second incident to immediately commission an independent assessment to examine the best solution to inhibit speeding.”

She said results of the survey were due “shortly” and added the council would attend a meeting requested by Mr McDonald.