Unclear road home for Hampden households

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Confusion continues on the roads of Mount Florida as residents complain about a lack of communication from Glasgow 2014.

As reported in last week’s Extra, the community council has resorted to publishing a traffic guide of its own.

Following the Sainsburys Athletics Grand Prix held at Hampden last weekend, chair Chris Carus wrote to The Extra (p24): “The Grand Prix was trailed as test event for the Games. Sadly, the test result given by the residents of Mount Florida is

“The main problems include almost no advance communication of road closures, parking and traffic restrictions, inconsistent and ineffective enforcement and unbearable noise levels due to low-hovering helicopters.

“Let us hope that Glasgow 2014 turns the situation around so that the Games are something we can all be proud of.”

Mount Florida resident Keith Stoddart — a Glasgow 2014 volunteer — told The Extra: “People are glad the Games are here. There’s a buzz about the city and there have been great improvements to the roads and the environment.

“But I don’t think Glasgow 2014 has been very good at engaging with the community and people — especially elderly people, and carers or those delivering their meals — are anxious.”

Mr Stoddart was able to drive back to his street on Friday during the athletics event — but just an hour later, his wife was refused entry by police.

He added: “The worst thing was the helicopter flying overhead — we couldn’t sit in the garden because of the noise above.”

A Glasgow 2014 spokeswoman responded: “The Get Ready Glasgow team has been engaging with residents regularly regarding temporary changes required, letters have been delivered to affected addresses with details and we’ve hosted community meetings.”

She added that plans are in place for nearer Games time for the nearby Queen’s Park Rec Grounds to provide “displaced parking...with a shuttle bus in operation for permit holders”.