Traffic, Co-op and signs – Letters to the Editor – October 2, 2013

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Mentieth Avenue

I am afraid that, in his desire to see Menteith Avenue closed to through traffic, Donald Macdonald in his latest letter to you has really “gone over the top” with some of his assertions which cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.

He says that “there have been cars recorded travelling in excess of 50mph” on Menteith Avenue and Springfield Road. The only people who can accurately record the speed of cars are the police and I have yet to see any reports of them doing so and charging the drivers who have broken the speed limit.

In any event it is very difficult to exceed the speed limit on these roads due to the number of parked cars.

He also asks how families are expected to allow their children to access Etive and Woodhill parks. The answer is very simple – all the children need to do is walk along the pavement and use the pedestrian-controlled traffic lights situated at the start of the parks.

Donald feels that the problems associated with his

alternative route via Wester Cleddens Road and South Crosshill Road will be resolved when the Bishopbriggs Relief Road is completed.

However, he knows full well that there is no completion date in sight for this and there is not likely to be one in the foreseeable future.

In fact as the section presently under construction will terminate at Wester Cleddens Road this is likely to exacerbate the traffic problems on his alternative route and that’s before any account is taken of the additional traffic generated on South Crosshill Road by the construction of the new Morrisons store.

Finally, his categorisation of the many people who access the various facilities to which Menteith Avenue is the main route as “a selfish minority denying residents the enjoyment of walking by making them fear for their safety” is quite objectionable and frankly takes hyperbole to a new level.

Alex Macintyre,

Thrums Avenue,


Historic building

Lennoxtown Friendly Victualling Society, established in 1812, was one of the earliest co-operative societies in the world. As far as I know this fact is not in dispute. Indeed, for many years (after the demise of one or two earlier societies) it was agreed as the oldest co-operative society in the world at the time. This was recognised and publicised by the SCWS and other arms of the co-operative movement.

In 2012 the 200th anniversary of the society was celebrated by the people of Lennoxtown in a well-attended and much-appreciated series of events. During the same year application was made by the community to have the central premises of the Victualling Society ‘listed’ as a building of historic interest.

Sadly the application was rejected, on the grounds that the building was not occupied by the society at its outset in 1812 and that it did not become a Victualling Society building until 1888.

This seems to miss the point. The building was recognised as the focal point of this historically-important society for many years.

It featured prominently in the society’s centenary history, published in 1912. Even more significantly, it is one of the few remaining examples of the original build of the ‘new town’ of Lennoxtown, established form 1786 onwards.

Lennoxtown does not have rows of crow-stepped and red-pantiled cottages like many other towns and villages in Scotland, but in a historical sense this building is more important to its community than most of the listed ‘little houses’ elsewhere.

Its importance can be summarised as follows:

n It is one of the last surviving examples of the original Lennoxtown ‘new town’ build; probably the best example.

n Although not an original LFVS building it functioned as its central premises for many years. As one of the oldest co-operative societies in the world, the LFVS was an organisation of considerable historic importance.

n The traditions of the LFVS are acknowledged and fondly cherished by many people in Lennoxtown. Anyone who doubts this fact should pay careful attention to the excellent recent community history of the Victualling Society, prepared in 2012 by Marion Donnachie and Rena Shirreffs of the Campsie Local History Group.

I understand that demolition of this historically-important building is imminent.

Surely something can be done, even at his late stage, to prevent this crass act of historical vandalism.

Don Martin,

Hon Secretary,

Kirkintilloch and District Society of Antiquaries.

Sign of the times?

The front page of this week’s Herald (September 25) reminded me of the abandoned diversion at the very busy junction of Washington, Bellfield Road and Union Street.

Originally positioned back in August for the canal festival, it seems to have been abandoned by our local authority.(who made a big thing of banning A-boards in the Cowgate).

The kids are having a great time moving it about or knocking it over. The motorists are getting a bit confused to say the least.

I have spoken to some of my neighbours who have contacted the council for it to be removed – alas no action as yet has been taken, an accident waiting to happen!

I would have thought with the shortage of funds every sign would be precious. By the way it has a mate across from the Parochial Hall.

Edward Z. Smith,

(via e-mail).

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