Action demanded on danger crossing

PROPOSALS put forward to make a dangerous zebra crossing in Strathblane safer were unanimously rejected at the village’s community council meeting earlier this week.

Parents of children at Strathblane Primary School were so concerned about their children’s safety on the crossing that they asked people to record incidents where drivers have failed to stop for them - and presented this as evidence at the meeting.

Dozens of complaints have been made to police about drivers ignoring the A81 crossing.

However a request to install a traffic light-controlled crossing was rejected by Stirling Council who instead put forward proposals to improve the visibility of the crossing with added lighting and to cut down overgrown trees and bushes.

Strathblane Community Council and Strathblane Primary School’s Parent Council have rejected this, insisting that the only solution to the problem is a traffic light-controlled crossing.

The problem of motorists speeding through the village was highlighted last week when a 15-year-old girl was knocked down while she was on the pavement on Glasgow Road at the junction with Station Road.

She was lucky to sustain only minor injuries as the car mounted the pavement and she was thrown into a garden.

The 60-year-old female driver has been reported to the procurator fiscal.

Margaret Vass, chair of Strathblane Community Council, said: “We want the crossing to be safe for everyone which includes slowing the traffic for the whole village.

“Speeding by inconsiderate drivers needs to be stopped. We are not prepared to wait until there is a fatality.

“We will not take no for an answer and will work together to achieve a safer community.”