Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 125, 8 December 2022

Beacons and Buddies…

A few consultations in Paisley and Renfrewshire in this issue. Glasgow consult about sustainability and North Lanarkshire about building a new trunk road. A lightshow launches the latest landmark on the Forth & Clyde canal. 

Featured image: Rosser1954, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

1: Current Consultations

  1. #YouDecide Renfrewshire
  2. Erskine junction safety
  3. Sustainable Procurement Strategy 2023 – 2027: Phase 2
  4. East Airdrie Link Road – Stage 2

2: Consultation Feedback

  1. Stockingfield Bridge official opening

3: Proposed Traffic Calming/Traffic Regulation Orders

  1. East Dunbartonhire TROs
  2. Glasgow City Traffic Calming/TROs
  3. North Lanarkshire TROs
  4. Renfrewshire Traffic Calming

1: Current Consultations
(in date order for responses)

1.1: #YouDecide Renfrewshire

Council: Renfrewshire.
Subject: Giving local people some say over how the Council should spend its budget. Renfrewshire have allocated £1.2million for local infrastructure projects – with up to £50,000 available for each idea put forward by residents. Over 2,800 suggestions were submitted, including improvements to roads, footpaths, lighting, road safety. A shortlist of 115 feasible projects is being put to the vote; by area. You have to enter a PA postcode to see the ideas in that area, and then choose projects in order of preference. There are more cosmetic than radical suggestions but it’s still an opportunity for local people.
Deadline: 11 December 2022.

1.2: Erskine junction safety

Council: Renfrewshire.
Area: Main roads junctions in south and east Erskine.
Subject: Three junctions on Old Greenock Rd (at Linburn Rd, Craigends Drive and Barhill Rd). Also, the junction of Kilpatrick Drive and the A726. None of the junctions look cycling friendly. All the more reason to ask for protected bike lanes as part of any redesign.
Website links: Erskine junctions surveys.
Deadline: 18 December 2022.

1.3: Sustainable Procurement Strategy 2023 – 2027: Phase 2

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: Strategy about how GCC will buy goods and services – not strictly cycling-related but could have an impact on future infrastructure projects. Most of the survey asks if you agree/disagree with their goals but there’s a space for general comments on page 12.
Website links: Sustainable Procurement Strategy survey.
Deadline: 6 January 2023.

1.4: East Airdrie Link Road – Stage 2

Council: North Lanarkshire.
Subject: Further consultation on Stage 2 of this proposed trunk road (previously the Airdrie Bypass). It’s a City Deal project as part of the Pan-Lanarkshire Orbital Transport Corridor (joining the M80, M8 and M74 via Ravenscraig/Motherwell). The council have chosen a route option for EALR and are showing their working. You get to comment on it but many of the decisions have already been taken. That includes the active travel provision – a shared pavement. The road is linked to the replacement Monklands Hospital, due to be built at Wester Moffat (but a recent funding delay will push back opening until at least 2031).
Featured: Digest 88, Item 1.6.
Website links: Stage 2 options.
Deadline: 23 January 2023.

2: Consultation Feedback

2.1: Stockingfield Bridge official opening

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: North Glasgow – Maryhill, Gilsochill and Ruchill.
Subject: Not strictly linked to a consultation but the bridge and its opening event have had a lot of positive feedback. It spans a t-junction in the Forth & Clyde canal to save going down through the narrow road tunnel on Lochburn Rd. The towpath closed in Spring 2021 until Autumn 2022. The new bridge has been in use for a few months (including on a recent GoBike ride). However, the official opening took place on Saturday 3 December with a light show and a great turnout by locals.

Praise from Cycling Scotland for the work by Scottish Canals (and Sustrans)

3: Proposed Traffic Regulation Orders

3.1: East Dunbartonhire TROs

East Dunbartonshire Council logo

Areas: Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch, Lennoxtown, Lenzie, Milngavie, Milton of Campsie, Torrance and Twechar.
Subject: Orders about parking restrictions on Main St, Kirkintilloch and Electric Vehicle charging spaces in various towns and villages.
Website links: East Dunbartonshire TROs (at foot of Roadworks page).

3.2: Glasgow City Traffic Calming/TROs

Glasgow City Council logo

Areas: City-wide.
Subject: TROs:
Royston Road – another Spaces for People route, which links Royston and Blackhill (including the proposed new prison site). Deadline: 14 December 2022.
London Rd – East City Way phases 6 & 7, past the velodrome (as seen in Digest 113, Item 1.4). Hopefully in time for the UCI Cycling World Championships in August 2023. Deadline: 16 December 2022.
Traffic Calming: Linkwood Dr, Drumchapel; Wardie Rd, Easterhouse. 
Website links: Glasgow City Proposed TROsGlasgow City Proposed Traffic Calming Schemes.

3.3: North Lanarkshire TROs

North Lanarkshire Council logo

Areas: Throughout North Lanarkshire.
Subject: Order to introduce timed or total parking restrictions on streets in over a dozen towns and villages.
Deadline: 14 December 2022.
Website links: North Lanarkshire Live Consultations (also links to Boundary Commission Scotland review of UK Parliament constituencies).

3.4: Renfrewshire Traffic Calming

Renfrewshire Council logo

Areas: Kilbarchan, Houston, Howwood and Kilbarchan Road, Bridge of Weir.
Subject: “We are looking for feedback on the potential traffic calming measures prior to a final report being prepared.” Also, there is a consultation on guardrails at a junction in Howwood.
Website links: Renfrewshire village traffic calming proposals and Bowfield Road/Midton Road junction, Howwood.