Petition for crossing on busy Strathblane Road

RESIDENTS campaigning for a pedestrian crossing on a busy road in Milngavie delivered a petition containing 200 signatures to the council last week.

Mum of two Dr Gillian McIver and mum of three Leonie Bell, both from Lynn Drive, Milngavie, are leading the fight for traffic lights as they are concerned about the speed of cars at the top of Strathblane Road.

They have had overwhelming support from people in Lynn Drive, Strathblane Road, Roselea Drive, Blane Drive and Marchfield.

Dr McIver said: “We have asked East Dunbartonshire Council to install a pelican crossing across Strathblane Road, near Lynn Drive.

“We are all worried about elderly and young children’s safety. This is an extremely fast section of road and many families cross the road to walk around Milngavie waterworks via Roselea Drive.

“Children also cross the road to catch the school bus to Douglas Academy.

“The population demographics of the area have changed in the past few years with many young families moving to the area and also with the new Cala housing development at Marchfield.”

A crossing would also help parents with children going to Milngavie Primary.

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson, and Councillors Eric Gotts and Jim Gibbons are supporting the campaign.

Ms Swinson said: “With the new houses at Marchfield there is even more need for a pedestrian crossing.

“Traffic is heavy on this wide stretch of road and much of it comes from the country roads so it’s not always travelling at an appropriate speed.

“There is overwhelming support for a crossing and I hope the council will listen and put a safe crossing in place as soon as possible.”

Councillor Gotts, of Milngavie ward, said: “I met with some of the parents who signed the petition on site last Saturday.

“I was very impressed by their argument and I have written to the chief executive requesting that this item be placed on the agenda of the next available development and infrastructure committee.

“My understanding is that money has been set aside from the roads budget in the new financial year for such an eventuality, provided it meets the council’s criteria.

“I shall be giving this community request my full backing.”

Councillor Gibbons said: “I am supporting these residents in their bid to have a pedestrian crossing installed. The roads department will have to report back to the development and infrastrucure committee of the council as to the precise location and type of crossing required.”