Saturday, May 12, 2012

Good news on footway improvements across the West End


I have welcomed news that, as part of the Unadopted Footways Upgrade Programme, a number of streets in the West End area will be brought up to good standard and adopted by the City Council over the next year.

These include Oxford Street (west side), Harrow Street, Cambridge Street, Kelso Place, Marchfield Terrace, Hillside Road, Terrace, Place and Drive, the cul de sacs in Invergowrie Drive, Hyndford Street north of Blackness Avenue and Kelso Place.

These improvements are to be welcomed and will see more of the very poor pavements in the West End finally brought up to standard.   Back in 2007, I asked the council to improve funding to tackle this problem of really poor unadopted pavements and this was agreed – an increase from £200 000 per annum to £500 000 per annum.   This has made a huge difference in terms of tackling the issue.

However, there are a number of important omissions in the West End in the 2012/13 list and I have queried this with the City Engineer.

Menzieshill Road north side was due to be upgraded last year and had to be delayed due to work required on some adjacent boundary walls before the pavement work could progress.   I have obtained an assurance from the City Council that the upgrade to the pavement here will be undertaken by October of this year.