Extra Letters (November 29 edition)

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Regarding flooding (After the Deluge, November 22) I moved into my house on Treeburn Avenue in 2007, and have witnessed flooding at least a dozen times since then.

My sister stays in Spain and one time we swapped houses —- I think it was August 2008 — and she and her husband couldn’t get back into my house. Instead, they went to Silverburn to wait for the fire brigade coming to help clear it. The flooding was reported on the local news then.

I have a letter from another lady on the street, who says the problem has been ogoing for around 20 years. She has asked that every time it happens, everyone report it to Scottish Water, who say problems are prioritised due to the volume of complaints.

I have a letter sent from Scottish Water on October 24, 2009 saying they know about it and the problem is due to “hydraulic incapacity of the sewer network in Orchard Park Avenue”.

I believe the houses on Robslee Drive have actually suffered flooding to their properties and they are on the flood register.

East Renfrewshire Council also know about this.

Marie Ferguson, Giffnock.

The Extra requested a response from Scottish Water and East Renfrewshire council to the letter above.

l A Scottish Water spokesman said: “We have identified the causes of flooding in the Orchard Park Avenue and Robslee Drive area of Giffnock and we have met with East Renfrewshire council and Glasgow city council to investigate a joint resolution to the flooding.

“We are discussing solution options with our regulators, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Water Industry Commission for Scotland, and our owner, the Scottish Government, to consider any investment proposals.

“The potential solutions identified are of a significant scale and technical complexity and the mechanism for funding and delivering any such investment solution is an important consideration that requires wider engagement.

“In the meantime, we remain committed to reducing flooding in this area and will continue to respond to any flooding events that occur and provide a clean-up service to those customers affected”.

An ERC spokeswoman added: “The council has disconnected as much of our road drainage from the sewer as possible and installed new carrier pipes in Ravenscliffe Drive, all to minimise the inflow to the sewer. We will also respond to any calls in relation to the flooding incidences”.

Cross point

In its heyday the Cross was the central point of Shawlands and the island at the apex of that junction had on it the tram inspectors’ gazebo, an underground public toilet and, on the lamp post at the tip of the island, there was a large two-sided public clock.

What might be put in place of the first two is a matter for debate but replacing the clock would be an important first step in redefining Shawlands Cross.

It is also a convenient check on the time for pedestrians on all three main roads which converge there, as well as for any resident of the tenements along those roads who takes a look out the window!

Ken Nicholson, Newlands.

You said it...

CLARKSTON Toll should be assessed for safety — according to your ongoing messages.

Last week’s front page (The road ahead) featured a number of residents voicing concerns about the safety of both crossings and lane layout on Clarkston’s main street.

Since publication, more Facebook followers have been in touch to share their opinions – and the overwhelming response is that East Renfrewshire council should address the problem.

Liz Coyle commented: “The council think it’s safe for school children to cross at Clarkston Toll: they stopped the school bus for a number of local children a couple of years ago, saying it was a safe route – even though I (and I’m sure others) thought it wasn’t a safe route”.

Brendan Devlin added: “The council are not interested in the traffic problems at Clarkston. They tell you to phone the police but they don’t see this as a 
priority — how many more serious incidents before anything is done?

“Make it a pedestrian precinct between Mearns Road and the railway station, with access for permit holders, buses and taxis”.

Another, more positive story which prompted plenty of response this week was that of four-year-old Beth Crawford, who won the chance to 
design for a Scottish government calendar.

And on The Extra’s Facebook page, Langside, Battlefield and Camphill community council issued a plea for more members — the group are currently on the lookout for a secretary, and anyone interested can find contact details on Facebook.

We’re also on Twitter and welcome comments or story ideas through social media, or here on our website.