Traders call for urgent repair to damaged road

Outside Lingerie shop in Minlgavie, pavement buckled.'Photo Emma Mitchell'29/7/13
Outside Lingerie shop in Minlgavie, pavement buckled.'Photo Emma Mitchell'29/7/13

Concerned traders have called for urgent repairs to be carried out on a road that ‘buckled’ following a flood caused by a burst water main.

Worried business owners say the damaged road in Stewart Street, Milngavie, could cause a serious accident.

Sections of the road are now sticking up above the pavement and it’s feared pedestrians could trip over it.

Louise Marr , owner of Lingerie Boutique, said: “It looks like there has been a mini earthquake.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before.

“Maybe it’s been caused by the extreme heat recently, which was followed by the flood of water.

“The council has put cones down, but it needs to be fixed properly. I hope they do the repair soon.

“I would hate my customers to trip over it and injure themselves.

“Someone could end up making an injury claim against the council.”

The burst main left around 30 properties and businesses in the area without a water supply from about 9am to noon.

Owner of Cyan restaurant in Stewart Street, David Cowan, said: “This water mains has burst three times in the three and a half years we’ve been here, so it’s a bit of a historic problem.

“I suspect that the pipes are old. It would be good to get a permanent solution to this problem.

“Scottish Water acted quickly and luckily I didn’t have to close the restaurant so I didn’t lose any business.”

A Scottish Water spokesman said: “A Scottish Water team was quickly sent to the location to carry out repairs and restore supplies as quickly as possible.

“The repair was carried out within around two hours. We are grateful to customers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Grace Irvine, director of East Dunbartonshire Council’s neighbourhood services said: “Our engineers have been on site and inspected the road - which has been damaged due to a burst water main.

“It is the responsibility of Scottish Water to ensure that both the burst main, the road and pavement are repaired. We will be liaising with Scottish Water to ensure that this happens.”