Major water works starting in four weeks

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Scottish Water workers are set to start a major £350,000 environmental improvement project in Bearsden next month.

The scheme aims to help protect and enhance the natural environment of the Manse Burn, which runs through the centre of Bearsden, and the Allander Water, by improving the way waste water is dealt with.

At the moment, an overflow discharges sewage into the Manse Burn in storm conditions. A screen will now be installed to ensure that solids remain in the sewer network.

The work will lead to a series of roadworks and inevitable delays for motorists, including the temporary closure to through traffic of a short section of Drymen Road (A809) at Thorn Drive and sections of Thorn Drive and the use of local diversions.

Access will be available for local residents, deliveries and emergency services within the closed sections of roads, but there will be diversions in place for through traffic.

The main diversion route will be from Canniesburn Toll, along Milngavie Road (A81) into Milngavie, along Craigdhu Road (B8050), through the Baljaffray roundabout and onto Stockiemuir Road (A809) and Duntocher Road (A810) and the same in reverse.

In order to minimise disruption, the project will be carried out in two phases and has been timed to coincide with local school holidays.

The first phase will begin on April 7 and continue for two weeks until April 19.

The second phase will start on June 29 and continue for six weeks until August 11.

Mark Maclaren, Scottish Water’s regional communities team manager, said: “This important project will significantly improve the environment on the Manse Burn.

“Scottish Water has liaised with East Dunbartonshire Council’s roads department about the road traffic management and is consulting with all relevant stakeholders, including local businesses and bus companies, to ensure that everything possible is done to minimise any inconvenience caused during the project.

“We would like to reassure all affected businesses that we will assist with signage, posters and letter drops about our project and the road traffic management. We will consult with affected businesses to discuss arrangements for issues such as access for deliveries.”

Grace Irvine, director of neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “We understand the need for this work being carried out by Scottish Water as it will enhance the natural environment of the Manse Burn, through Bearsden.

“To minimise disruption to road users the works have been planned to coincide with the school Easter and summer holidays.

“I would ask residents and businesses to bear with Scottish Water as they carry out these environmental improvements.”

Scottish Water is holding an information event to enable customers and other stakeholders to meet the project team, find out more about the project and ask any questions. It’s at Bearsden Hall, 69 Drymen Road, Bearsden on Thursday, March 12, from 12.30pm to 4pm for businesses and from 4pm to 7pm for others.