Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire met with Dr. Gillian MacIver, Leonie Bell and others concerned that the top end of Strathblane Road in Milngavie is too busy and fast for vulnerable pedestrians such as young people and the elderly. The residents would like to see the creation of a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights.
Community support has been overwhelming and last week a petition was delivered to the Council that had been signed by more than 200 local people.
Commenting Jo said:
“A safe crossing on this part of Strathblane Road would help parents with children going to Milngavie Primary, and those walking to enjoy the countryside at Milngavie reservoir. 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 coming in from the country roads not always travelling at an appropriate speed. The work done by these local campaigners in canvassing the views of nearby residents has shown overwhelming support for a crossing. I do hope the Council will listen and put in place a safe crossing as soon as possible.”
Commenting Councillor Eric Gotts, Milngavie Ward, said:
“I was very impressed by their argument for a pedestrian crossing at this location and have written to the Chief Executive requesting that this item be placed on the Agenda of the next available Development & 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 for pedestrian crossings.
I shall be giving this community request my full backing.”