Residents hit out over Games road closure

Residents are up in arms at being refused access to their own village for an entire day.

It’s all because of road closures on account of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cycling Time Trial on July 31.

Residents in Auchinloch will be unable to get to and from their homes between the hours of 7am and 7pm.

One Auchinloch woman said: “We will be held hostage in our own homes. People are being asked to make special childcare arrangements and use precious annual leave - and the council will do nothing to compensate.

“They have not considered childcare issues and support needs.”

Councillor Frances McGlinchey has received a number of complaints from local residents.

“People have been taken completely by surprise”, said the Strathkelvin councillor.

“The Games are great for the country, but they will be a huge inconvenience to a lot of people in the village.

“The council needs to be willing to compromise when it comes to opening up specific times when people can get in and out .

“It is only one day and it will be a great experience for many, but the council has to accept many in the area aren’t making big bucks.

“Lots are on zero hour contracts, and if they miss a day of work, as the council advises, that could be out of pocket.”

A North Lanarkshire council spokesperson said:“Life will not be business as usual during the Games, so it’s important that we explain to residents what necessary road closures will mean for them.

“We are grateful to residents for their understanding. We are working closely with other agencies like NHS Lanarkshire to minimise the disruption to local services.”

After 7am on July 31, only emergency vehicles will be allowed on the route.