Cambuslang school's parent council calls for road safety measures
Feb 27 2013
by Kenny Smith, Rutherglen Reformer
West Coats Primary School’s parent council has set up an online petition calling on South Lanarkshire Council to take action on road safety in the area.
In recent years, the Reformer has regularly reported on the concerns of residents living near Brownside Road, who have been worried about the speed of traffic passing through the area.
Last week, a deputation from the parent council attended the monthly meeting of Cambuslang Community Council, revealing that they have now set up an online petition urging the local authority to take action sooner rather than later.
The petition is to: “South Lanarkshire Council, Roads and Transport Department: Take action on road safety provision for pupils attending West Coats Primary.
“As of November 2012, in the past three years there have been 27 recorded accidents resulting in 12 injuries near the school.
“South Lanarkshire Council have advised that under their points system we do not qualify for a speed camera unless there is a fatality. We refuse to sit and wait for a child to die before action is taken.
“We seek reassurance that the road safety provision meets a recognised standard.”
A spokesman for the parent council told the Reformer: “What we are looking for from South Lanarkshire Council is that they have reviewed our concerns, and delivered some improvement on the provision of road safety.
“We want a reassurance that they have done the best they can, given the constraints in the design and location of the school.
“In particular, they have to look at the crossing for the patrols at Douglas Drive, which has been the location for an increase in road accidents in the last year - we feel that hasn’t had the same attention as the crossing at the other end at West Coats Road and Brownside Road.
“We want some kind of action to be taken.”
Using a Freedom of Information request, the parent council asked Strathclyde Police for a record of all road accidents from December 2011 until December 2012 around Brownside Road, West Coats Road, Greenlees Road and Stewarton Drive.
A total of 50 accidents were recorded during that time, with four of them series, 13 slight, and 28 were non-injury incidents.
These have been plotted on a map, with huge clusters around West Coats Road and Douglas Drive’s intersections with Brownside Road.
A spokesman for South Lanarkshire Council said: “Representatives from the council met with the school’s parent council, Strathclyde Police and the head teacher in January.
“A number of issues were discussed which included the provision of safety cameras and the classification of Brownside Road.
“Cameras are provided through the Safety Camera Partnership, not the council, and it was explained that justification is based on a threshold being reached relating to a number of accidents in which speed was a primary cause.
“This location does not meet the criteria.
“The meeting was also informed that Brownside Road already forms part of the classified road network as it is the B716 and there are no proposals to alter this.
“It was agreed that the council will undertake a further review of various matters and this will be reported to the parent council in due course.”
The petition can be found at http://tinyurl.com/WestCoatsPCepetition