Sleepless night for resident as car park is resurfaced

The Regent Centre car park
The Regent Centre car park

A resident living near a shopping centre car park has hit out after resurfacing work sounding like a ‘Chieftain tank’ kept him awake until 3am.

Donald Ferguson says management at the Regent Centre, in Kirkintilloch, should never have allowed resurfacing work to be carried out through the night on Saturday (January 25).

He has accused the centre of treating its neighbours with contempt.

Mr Ferguson, who lives in Regent Street, told the Herald: “The works did not stop until nearly 3am. The contractors had a road surface stripping machine, which sounded like a Chieftain tank driving around the car park, a tar machine and two large rollers.”

He said he and his neighbours should have been given the opportunity to object.

He added: “But better to upset dozens if not hundreds of people than have to close half a car park and possibly lose some trade.”

Mr Ferguson e-mailed a letter of complaint to the Regent Centre as he lay awake at 1am.

Centre manager Angela McLaren wrote back to apologise and posted him a £30 gift voucher as a goodwill gesture. She told the Herald she was investigating the issue which was a “one-off.”

She said: “It was not our usual contractor who carried out the work, it was sub-contracted. I warned them it was a residential area and they were not allowed to work past a certain time. It’s being investigated.”