Massive pothole claims two victims outside miners club

Pot holes in Kirkintiiloch Health Centre Car Park.
Pot holes in Kirkintiiloch Health Centre Car Park.

TWO people were rushed to hospital after falling in a crater-filled car park – including one woman who broke her arm in a number of places.

The female was leaving a function in Kirkintilloch Miners Welfare Club around a fortnight ago.

Florence Cairney, secretary of the club, said the victim broke her arm after tripping on one of the large holes which litter the tarmac outside the venue, in Kirkintilloch’s Townhead area.

It’s understood that she was taken to hospital where she needed to have an operation on the shattered limb.

Just a week earlier a pensioner who helps out at the club also fell and had to be rushed to hospital by ambulance suffering from muscle damage to his leg.

But there is confusion over who owns the car park - which lies between the miners’ club and Kirkintilloch Health and Care Centre.

Florence told the Herald: “The woman who fell told me she called the council and was told that we owned the car park but that’s just not true. The council eventually confirmed that but say they don’t know who owns it.

“If something isn’t done about these holes there will be more injuries. They are getting worse.

“If the council want to give the car park to us we’ll happily maintain it.”

She added: “We’ve been trying to find out who is responsible for the car park for ages but we seem to get nowhere. It really is very frustrating.

“It’s not just the potholes - during the winter it’s never cleared of ice and snow but nobody takes responsibility.”

Grace Irvine, the council’s head of assets and property services, said: “Due to changes in ownership over the years, it is unclear exactly who has ownership of the car park at Kirkintilloch Miners Club. This has been brought to our attention and we are looking into this as a matter of urgency.”

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