Drivers and residents have their say on road closure plans

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There have been mixed views over plans to close a residential road for up to 18 months.

Householders living in Loch Road, Kirkintilloch, have complained for years about drivers using their street as a short cut between Waterside Road and the M80.

Following extensive consultation with residents on a range of potential solutions, the council gave the go-ahead to an ‘experimental’ road closure. The road would be closed between Bothlyn Avenue and Woodilee Road.

Street notices are now in place inviting objectors to contact the council by July 5 stating the reason for their objections. These will be considered before any decision is made.

The Herald’s Facebook site has been inundated with comments about the closure, with many people against it.

Des Hughes said: “Ridiculous idea. Yet another ill thought out traffic management scheme. All it’ll do is cause even more congestion on the new road at the Townhead roundabout. What happens in an emergency when an ambulance or fire vehicle needs access?

However, some are in favour of the move. Elaine Mckean said: “I voted for it to be closed. We have had years of busy traffic going up and down. You can’t let your kids out to play.

Grace Irvine, the council’s director of neighbourhood services, said: “If during the experimental closure, we find it is causing significant problems for residents and or road users, we can take the decision to stop the trial early.”

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