SNP JOINS CALLS FOR ROUNDABOUT REVIEW

24th January 2019

MP AND CLLR WRITE TO COUNCIL LEADER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO HEED LOCALS’ CONCERNS

This week, Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, and Motherwell Southeast and Ravenscraig Councillor, Agnes Magowan, have co-signed a letter to North Lanarkshire Council leader, Cllr Jim Logue, and the Council Chief Executive, Des Murray, to call for a safety review of the Heathery Road roundabout.

Local residents raised their concerns with Mrs Fellows after starting a petition outlining their issues and calling for the council to take action to reduce traffic and improve the safety of drivers and pedestrians.

The roundabout connects nine roads and is located near a bus stop and University Hospital Wishaw leading to high levels of traffic.

SNP Councillor for Wishaw, Fiona Fotheringham, previously succeeded in having the safe walk to school routes reassessed which resulted in the roundabout being deemed unsafe.

Mrs Fellows, who is backing residents’ petition, said:

“The Heathery Road roundabout has been causing concern amongst the community for a long time. NLC needs to look seriously at how safety can be improved.

“With nine roads leading onto it and a bus stop and hospital nearby, it’s an extremely busy junction for motorists and pedestrians.

“People have said they have seen a number of near misses and believe it’s only a matter of time until a serious incident happens.

“It would be especially catastrophic if an ambulance, already on the way to an urgent call, was involved in a crash.

“NLC needs to investigate. I’ve invited council officers to a site visit with me, Cllr Magowan and local residents so we can finally make the junction safer.”

Cllr Agnes Magowan added:

“I have been concerned about this roundabout for a number of years. The management of traffic and the safety of pedestrians’ needs serious consideration by the council before a serious incident occurs.

“I ask Council officers to carry out a full traffic survey at this roundabout and recommend possible solutions immediately to improve the wellbeing of my constituents.”