Hillfoot trader hits out at long-running roadworks

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A concerned trader has hit out over long-running roadworks at Hillfoot following a three car smash in the area earlier this month.

The roadworks began in January and traders say customers have been staying away ever since, because of parking problems - with one shop even putting up a notice saying it was closed because of the work.

Alexis Allan, owner of boutique clothes shop Vanilla, said the car crash two weeks ago was an accident waiting to happen.

Mrs Allan from Strathblane, who has run her shop for the past 10 years, said: “It is so frustrating. This work has taken so long to complete and caused a great deal of disruption, as well as being dangerous to drivers.

“There have been a couple of near misses, so it came as no surprise to hear of this accident. These roadworks need to be finished so we can all get back to some degree of normality.”

Commenting on Facebook, Stan Paliwoda said: “I believe the council have created an accident spot at Hillfoot.

And Graham Docherty said: “This doesn’t surprise me, East Dunbartonshire Council are making the Hillfoot area worse than it was before with repaving the road outside Hillfoot Auto Garage.”

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration said he wished to thank traders and other road users for their patience, adding: “The council is investing in this area as part of a wider scheme to bring improvements for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and people using public transport.

“The works include a new road layout, new parking bays and improved pavements and are being delivered with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

“Phased work began on site during the week ending January 17. The final works are scheduled to be completed by Friday, May 30.

“Decriminalised parking enforcement will be commencing in this location after works are finished - which will boost safety, access and turn-over of traffic. No other traffic-calming measures are planned.”