Icy blast for EDC over the state of the pavements

MEMBERS of the public have slammed East Dunbartonshire Council for failing to grit side roads and pavements during the recent icy weather.

One Bearsden resident, Sheila Paton, said: “For the second time this winter and in a repeat of last winter the side roads and pavements of Bearsden have become treacherous after snowfall.

“East Dunbartonshire’s health and safety regulations can be seen to be excessive and burdensome but in their gritting policy they do not seem to be an issue.

“These roads and pavements make it almost impossible for older people to live normal independent lives in safety.”

Train users claim the bridge over the Forth and Clyde canal leading to Westerton train station from Knightswood was hazardous because the surface had frozen solid and its was very slippery.

Jade Sturrock (17), a sixth year pupil at Bearsden Academy, slipped and fell while she was trying to cross over the bridge.

She said: “Luckily I didn’t hurt myself but an older person or small child could have been injured.

“Everyone was forced to hold on to the railing to get up or down but your feet kept slipping backwards.

“I couldn’t see one bit of grit there. It was so dangerous.”

Head of East Dunbartonshire roads and neighbourhood services, David Devine, said: “The bridge was treated, however, we have taken note of the concerns raised and have brought this to the attention of the winter maintenance team on the ground.”

Milngavie Precinct also appeared to be untreated in places with some people turning back and not even attempting to get up the slight slope on Douglas Street towards Station Road and others saying they had seen some men fall over there.

Car parks were also bad, including the Stewart Street one in Milngavie.

A customer in nearby Reflections hair salon, Margaret Smith from Glassford Street in Milngavie, said: “It’s like an ice rink out there.

“I nearly fell and I saw lots of other people struggling.”

Mr Devine added: “The council has a winter maintenance programme and this outlines priority areas for gritting treatment.

“Several winter maintenance treatments were carried out in the area outlined between Friday and Tuesday, December 16 to 20.

“Following treatment, the routes were considered to be in acceptable condition.

“East Dunbartonshire Council currently treats around 70 per cent of its road network and this is above the national average as most local authorities treat around 46 per cent of theirs.”