Speak up say bridge group

310112  KIRKLISTON. site photography for forth replacement crossing.
310112 KIRKLISTON. site photography for forth replacement crossing.
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QUEENSFERRY residents have been urged to attend a public meeting next week if they have any concerns about the new Forth Crossing project.

Construction work on the south side of the Forth remains relatively low key at the moment but this is set to change as the bridge construction and the roads network begin to take shape.

This has led Doug Tait, chairman of Bridge Replacement Interest Group (BRIGS), a volunteer body set up to monitor the works on the south side of the Forth, calling on local residents to attend their next meeting.

Mr Tait said: “My major concern for the community in Queensferry is that it has seen construction work start in a very slow manner and they may well believe that the adverse impact experienced over the past few months has been limited to an average speed limit restriction and heavier traffic on the A904 and the B800 with more HGVs on the local roads network.”

He added: “This may be so, but things are set to change.

‘‘In Kirkliston, already there have been many community complaints in relation to noise and vibration from works involved in the continuing building of the new M9 Junction 1a.

‘‘Some residents have even been offered to be tempo- rarily rehoused!”

In nearby Newton, Evelyn Woollen, secretary of Newton Community Council and a BRIGS member added: “We believe we’re already feeling some effects with regard to increased HGV traffic coming to and from the west through the village, to service the M90 work in Fife.”

There has also been concern voiced that Transport Scotland, which is delivering the bridge project on behalf of the Scottish Government, is, at best, reactive when things are not going well and instead expect members of the community to do the ‘‘policing’’ for them, ie like take registrations and log bad events before they will take action.

This is despite it having a responsibility to carry out “independent monitoring” according to the Code of Construction Practice.

Mr Tait added: “Our concern is that in most communities it’s human nature for impacted residents to complain to volunteer community councils or residents’ groups when things go wrong and impact upon them and, as long as someone else is dealing with it, then they can sit back and get on with their life as normal.

“We believe Transport Scotland is just waiting for local community resistance to subside and it will then march all over them as it pleases and far worse than has been done so far.

“Please don’t allow this to happen!”

BRIGS annual general meeting will be held at 7pm on Monday, April 16, in Queensferry Parish Church.