Safety fears veto races

280912 Temporary road repairs on the high street, south queensferry.
280912 Temporary road repairs on the high street, south queensferry.

Queensferry’s historic Ferry Fair Festival is having to ditch some traditional events this year over health and safety concerns.

The popular Burgh races and the wheelbarrow race have been scrapped over safety
worries surrounding the uneven surface of the town’s High Street.

Ferry Fair committee member David Steel said: ‘‘We are disappointed but we have been forced to cancel some traditional events because of the dangerous condition of part of the High Street.”

In the past year, the city council has repaired damage to the setts by spreading asphalt patches over them. This has led to an uneven surface.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, the council’s tranport convener, said: “The High Street in Queensferry is well used by locals and visitors and I agree with the concerns being raised that the road is in need of investment. I will be asking for an update from officers regarding work we need to carry out to reinstate the setts.”

“I want to ensure all of our temporary road repairs are reinstated on a permanent basis as quickly as possible. This has not always happened in the past and we have put extra inspectors in to help to ensure that this also applies to utility companies when they are carrying out works on our roads.”