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Anger as council plans road layout shake-up

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Anger as council plans road layout shake-up

AN OUTCRY has greeted plans to introduce a cycle lane and double yellow lines along a busy main road into Dumfries.

Dalbeattie Road residents say plans appear to have been passed under the radar as part of a roads revamp serving the new £212 million hospital at Garroch Loaning.

Keith Gristwood lives on the street, and said: “There’s an awful lot of residents that are unhappy with the proposals.”

Mr Gristwood says the changes were quietly included introduced at committee last month as part of amended plans for streets including Dalbeattie Road, Park Road, and New Abbey Road.

They call for double yellow lines on both sides of Dalbeattie Road from Hermitage Drive heading west to Cargenbridge.

An ‘advisory’ cycle lane will be introduced, and central road markings removed.

But Mr Gristwood said: “Because the road’s not that wide, if there’s two cars coming down towards each other one of them is going to have to go into the cycle lane itself — assuming that there’s nothing there.

“But I think the biggest concern is the double yellow lines, because there are many houses that are occupied by older people and if there’s no possibility of parking in their driveway then any home carers visiting these people or tradespeople, guests or visitors stopping by then they’re not going to be able to park outside the houses.

“So there might be tradesmen having to walk 300 or 400 metres.”

No North West Dumfries ward councillor sits on the committee which passed the plans.

And Councillor Graham Bell said: “I was never consulted on these plans, and they were certainly not presented at the so-called public engagement at Troqueer Primary for residents to comment.”

Claiming street parking helps slow traffic at junctions, and that more than 20 residents have so far objected, Councillor Bell said: “There has been once again disregard for members of the public about these plans and lack of community consultation.”

A Dumfries and Galloway Council spokesman notes there will be a formal opportunity for objections, but said: “We will continue to engage with the public throughout this project.

“Comments and concerns raised by Dalbeattie Road residents with the council will be considered as the proposals are developed.”

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