Road closure causes chaos in Bearsden Cross

BEARSDEN Cross, pic of traders furious that road was dug up with no warning. Wendy and Julie Ross-Capri, Roseanne Stewart-Mcgowans,Jen Boyle-cafe Creme, Philip shaw-Butcher,Ann Kesson-Vanity Fair and Parent Alison Smith and Martha Smith age 3'Photo by Emma Mitchell'10/5/13

BEARSDEN Cross, pic of traders furious that road was dug up with no warning. Wendy and Julie Ross-Capri, Roseanne Stewart-Mcgowans,Jen Boyle-cafe Creme, Philip shaw-Butcher,Ann Kesson-Vanity Fair and Parent Alison Smith and Martha Smith age 3'Photo by Emma Mitchell'10/5/13

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Angry traders at Bearsden Cross have hit out after shock roadworks closed a car park and caused chaos – with no advance warning.

ScottishPower began carrying out emergency repairs on Kirk Place in Bearsden last Friday morning – aiming to restore power after cuts had affected some businesses in the town centre.

However, shop owners – including Paul Smith from Paul Smith Menswear on New Kirk Road – are livid that they were not warned about the work, which resulted in the well-used Glebe car park at the bottom of Kirk Road being inaccessible to cars.

Mr Smith said: “There was no consultation with us and no pre-warning.

“This is the latest in a litany of extraordinary decisions the council has made about Bearsden Cross.

“They have leased out the town hall car park twice in the past two years in the weeks leading up to Christmas – one of our busiest trading times.

“This meant that shoppers were unable to find a parking space to allow them to come to our shops.

“The council has no concern for traders at Bearsden Cross.

“We have all lost vital business over the weekend at a time when we are struggling due to the economic climate.

“The road closure also caused an enormous danger as people were reversing the wrong way down part of Kirk Road in an attempt to get to Glebe car park.

“The council should have put in a temporary two-way road system along Kirk Road.”

The council’s director of neighbourhood services, Grace Irvine, said: “In emergency situations, utilities companies carrying out works will advise local businesses and homeowners of any disruptions arising.”

The road was re-opened to the public by lunchtime last Saturday. ScottishPower apologised for any inconvenience, which it said had been caused by emergency work to repair underground cabling.