14th July 2018
Rutherglen South Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brownsaid this week he was hugely concerned about the problem of access by emergency vehicles to Drumilaw Way, Blairbeth reported in last week’s Rutherglen Reformer. He said the issue was now a pressing one, affecting many streets across Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
He has called on the Council to carry out a survey of the worst access “hotspots” across South Lanarkshire.
Robert Brown said:
“This is a problem which has been getting steadily worse over the last 5 or 10 years as levels of car ownership increase in areas which were never designed for this. It is not just access by emergency vehicles, it is also routine use of pavements by elderly people, parents with prams and young children and disabled people who all have to risk their lives by stepping on the road because selfish parking has blocked the pavement,
There are proposals in the new Transport Bill lodged before the Scottish Parliament on June 8thto ban pavement parking and double parking and ensure pavements and roads are more generally accessible. Whilst this is welcome, it will be a number of months before it passes into law and, after that, there will probably be a need for detailed guidance as to how it would work in practice.
It will be up to Councils to look at their areas and produce solutions that tackle the problem whilst still allowing people to park their cars in their local areas.
There is no easy answer but I think the Council should start the process by looking at the worst hotspots and identifying what action is needed so they can be ready both to make sure the Transport Act does what it should, and that effective action can be taken across the board as soon as possible. Of course not everything has to await the new Act and any action that can be taken now should be considered.
There are many areas across Rutherglen and Cambuslang that have the same congestion problems experienced by Louise Spring in Drumilaw Way. Blairbeth and Spittal have particularly narrow streets, Fernhill Road has cars parked on both sides making through access more difficult, parts of Cathkin, Springhall and Burnside have similar problems.