Eaglesham residents in a bit of a hole over street maintenance

Residents say the road and pavement are full of holes and cracks due to a lack of maintenance, and now pose a serious safety risk.
Residents say the road and pavement are full of holes and cracks due to a lack of maintenance, and now pose a serious safety risk.

Residents in an Eaglesham street have called on a housebuilding firm to do something about the appalling state of their road and pavement.

People living in Alexander Avenue say they are forced to negiotiate large potholes in the road and that the pavement isn’t safe to walk on.

They’ve called on McTaggart & Mickel, who built homes in the street, to fix the problems.

But the housebuilder has stressed it doesn’t own the road – and all standards were met at the time the properties were built.

One resident said: “You can’t drive or park on the road. There must be about eight potholes which are huge and more like ditches.They also don’t maintain the pavement.

“It is more like a service area road with gravel.

“It’s quite difficult if you have a pram or buggy to push, and there are elderly residents who struggle to walk on the pavement because the surface is so uneven.

“It wouldn’t be such an issue if the road and pavement were maintained maybe every ten years or so. But they have just been left to ruin.”

The residents say they are now being forced to pay to have the damage repaired themselves.

However, Mactaggart & Mickel pointed out that adoption of local roads and footpaths was a matter for the local council.

A spokesperson added, “The roads and pavements leading to the homes in Alexander Avenue were built in the 1960s and met all required standards at that time.

“The roads are privately owned by the residents who live there and not by Mactaggart & Mickel.

“While we have no responsibility for ongoing maintenance, we would be happy to assist residents with any further queries they may have.”