Wish list to ease town’s winter woes

COMMUNITY leaders have compiled a wish list to ensure that Queensferry does not grind to a halt if it suffers another severe weather crisis.

Following the snowfalls in November and December 2010 which brought about widespread disruption, Queensferry and District Community Council has put together a report aimed at highlighting areas where contingency plans could be made to ensure that Queensferry will not come to a standstill in future years.

While no-one can dictate what the weather will be, the community council does believe that certain measures can be introduced to assist with public transport and the clearing of roads within the town.

It was found that a number of roads within the town have a higher priority rating than others which are deemed more important. Roads designated category two, routes which are treated after principal roads and bus routes, include streets such as Carmelite Road, Arrol Place and Hope Street, while Echline Avenue, which is a bus route and has links to 12 estates, is deemed less important (category three).

Grant Sangster, convenor of the community council’s transport sub committee said: “The community council believe the priority list has not been updated since the 1960s hence the reason streets to the west of the Forth Road Bridge have been omitted.”

The community council now wants to see Chapel Gate Road, one of the town’s eastern access roads, Echline Avenue, the whole of the High Street, Rosebery Avenue, Springfield Avenue and Moubray Grove designated as Category 1 (high priority).

With regard to treating pavements, the community council acknowledges priority should be given to buildings such as schools, day centres and care homes but are also aware of issues over ownership and responsibility of some paths around the town.

Mr Sangster added: “This is an issue which has been ongoing in Queensferry for a number of years. The severe weather has brought a sense of urgency to have maintenance and ownership responsibilities resolved once and for all.”

Public transport was impacted too with the 43 bus service having to be re-routed on a number of occasions due to inconsiderate parking by motorists. The community council is now calling for yellow lines to be installed at the bus turning circle on Scotstoun Avenue and at key junctions in Queensferry, with bus parking bays also being introduced. They would also welcome ‘snow go zones’ which would prohibit parking on category one roads during times of snowfall.

Almond councillor Norman Work added: “I fully support the recommendations as some of what is in the report I identified and pushed for as well during the severe weather.”

The community council will get the opportunity to meet with the city council later this month to put forward their views.