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Hillfoot traders vent their anger

Romy's fish and chip shop, Bearsden. Owner Ralph Colaluca complaining of roadworks outside his shop.
Photo by Emma Mitchell
17/1/14

Romy's fish and chip shop, Bearsden. Owner Ralph Colaluca complaining of roadworks outside his shop. Photo by Emma Mitchell 17/1/14

Traders at Hillfoot in Bearsden hit out again at the council for failing to provide adequate parking while roadworks are being done.

Business owners asked for an urgent meeting with East Dunbartonshire Council’s roads department recently but were annoyed none of the points raised have been addressed.

Ralph Colaluca (47), owner of Romy’s chippie, said all the businesses were suffering because customers could not park outside the shops.

He said: “The disappointing thing about the meeting we had was that nothing had been done about the points we raised.

“Obviously the parking was a big issue. We want temporary parking restrictions across the road limiting cars to two hours.”

Currently there is no limit on how long cars can be left, with many being left all day by Glasgow commuters.

Another concern shopkeepers had was the time it would take to complete the work. After six weeks the work is only half finished.

Thomas Glen, the council’s director of development and regeneration, said the work was scheduled to finish at the end of March, adding: “The parking bay is closed off to allow the resurfacing works to be carried out in as safe a way as possible.

“The council agreed at the meeting that the workers will continue to assist in any way they can.

“A second squad of workers has been drafted in and weekend working is also helping them make good progress.

“This is helpful, particularly on a Sunday, when the shops are closed.

“We would also like to thank local people for their patience during this work and assure them the result will be worth it.”

 

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