Feb 29 2012 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Wednesday
FED-UP residents and users of a Dunblane road are preparing to make their case before councillors for urgent repair work to cracks and potholes.
Stirling Council’s petitions panel meets tomorrow(Thursday) to consider a 25-signature petition over the state of Ochiltree.
Locals say the roadway is in a “very poor state” and hope to persuade councillors to find funding to rectify the problems.
In the submission to the council, principal petitioner Galen Milne has told the council: “In light of the fact that Stirling Council has no designated timetable to resurface Ochiltree, we the undersigned residents and other regular users of this road wish to petition the council regarding the very poor state of repair along the full length of Ochiltree.
“We now call on the council to find the resources within its current financial year to bring the road surface up to an acceptable standard as it has a high level of daily traffic from residents, those who use Ochiltree as the approach road from Newton Primary School, and the local bus services.”
The petitioners have also lodged more than 80 photographs of potholes and cracked surfaces as part of their case.
Mr Milne is expected to address the panel at tomorrow’s meeting.
Council officials have already told Mr Milne last September: “All our works are prioritised and planned well in advance. The prioritised list of works are revised each year, but at present our planned works for next financial year does not include the resurfacing of Ochiltree.”
The Petitions Panel is also expected to consider a petition by residents near Forthside Public Transport Route, who want original restrictions on use of the road to be reinstated.
The locals say noise from the road – which was allowed to become a main thoroughfare following concerns from local businesses over their lack of passing trade – has become intolerable.
Representatives of the businesses, however, are also expected to state their case to councillors at the hearing in a bid to persuade them not to return the road to public transport use only.