Stockiemuir Road safety fears raised

29.8.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. Cllr Duncan Cumming near Bearsden Academy. Poor Road sufrace caused by Miller Homes.

29.8.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. Cllr Duncan Cumming near Bearsden Academy. Poor Road sufrace caused by Miller Homes.

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A CONCERNED councillor has slammed developers for the poor condition of the road surface on Stockiemuir Road, Bearsden, after they dug it up.

Bearsden North councillor Duncan Cumming says the tarmac is in a ‘poor state’.

The road, near Bearsden Academy, was closed from June 28 until Monday, August 27, to allow Miller Homes to carry out work on sewers for new houses they are building on St Andrews Brae.

It was due to re-open on Sunday, August 19, before pupils returned to school, but the work was delayed.

Councillor Cumming said: “The surface is bad, it’s already starting to break up and is uneven.

“It was very good before, but now I have real concerns for its longevity.

“The last thing we need is for our roads to be dug up and reinstated badly, they are already in a poor condition.

“It’s a busy road and it took so much longer than expected to carry out the work.

“It caused a huge amount of inconvenience for everyone.”

Councillor Cumming wants the road reinstated it to its former condition.

A spokesperson for Miller Homes said: “There is a temporary surface on Stockiemuir Road after the roadworks, in agreement with East Dunbartonshire Council’s roads department.

“We are planning further work during the next closure of Bearsden Academy in the October holiday.

“Signage is being put in place to advise drivers that this is a temporary road surface.”

A spokesman for Scottish Water said: “A tie-in to connect the new mains to our existing network was due to take place on August 13, but was postponed at the developer’s request.

“It was completed on August 24, following some additional work by the developer and we carried out analysis of a new set of water samples.”

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the council’s development and infrastructure committee, said: “The work carried out by Miller Homes on Stockiemuir Road involved a deep excavation.

“Because they may require to re-open the road at a later stage in the near future we have allowed a temporary reinstatement to be made by them at this stage.

“We will, however, continue to monitor the road surface to make sure it remains safe until Miller Homes can install a permanent reinstatement which will also be inspected and monitored.”