Residents ask: What’s the hold-up?

DISGRUNTLED residents are up in arms at an ‘eyesore’ development they say should have been finished more than a year ago.

Colquhoun Park’s playing fields in Bearsden have been out of action since May 2009, after Souters Sports Ltd were employed by East Dunbartonshire Council to revamp and improve drainage at the site.

The saga dates back to a residents’ meeting in Colquhoun Park Primary School on March 24, 2009, when people living nearby were led to believe the work would start in April that year and be finished by August.

In the event, work did not start until early summer 2009.

A Conon Avenue resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I was given the distinct impression the work on the park would start in April and finish in August.

“As it happened the work did not start until May, so I reckoned it would be completed by at least October.”

The 38-year-old voluntary sector manager added: “We are now in 2011 and the fencing is still there.

“There have been long periods when nothing has been done.

“It must be costing a fortune, as the fencing is always being knocked down by the wind.

“What I want to know is, when will it be finished? But the council doesn’t seem to know.”

Another resident, Tim Hind from Station Road, said: “For two years we have not had access to the park.

“When are we going to be allowed back on there?

“I believe the price of hiring and maintaining the fence is around £95,000 to date.”

In a statement from the council, a spokesperson would only say that the pitches at Colquhoun Park are under construction and drainage work is ongoing.

She added that the fencing is in place to protect the pitches while this work is being completed.

The Herald contacted Souters, but they refused to say when the work would be completed, redirecting all enquiries to the council.

They said: “We are only working as instructed by the council.”