East Renfrewshire Conservative Group has upped their pressure on East Renfrewshire Council to ditch the areas ‘unsightly and dangerous’ bollards.

Group leader Cllr Gordon Wallace and Cllr Jim McLean in discussion with Scottish Conservative council candidates Andrew Morrison, Paul Smith and Paul Edlin have been directly affected by the A77 bollard installation through Newton Mearns and Giffnock.

The group has raised concerns about the East Renfrewshire Council “knee-jerk” misuse of public money after the bollards started to appear in August.

As part of their policy manifesto, local Conservatives are presently exploring financial options that could help fund an East Renfrewshire based project along the lines of Glasgow’s South City Way bollard-free model as a safe, efficient and environmentally appealing alternative.

Residents in Ayr Road claim the bollards have an impact on the value of their homes. ‘Action Against East Renfrewshire Bollards’ Facebook group has also been set up and so far, to date, 2,300 people have signed their anti-bollard petition.

Group Leader Cllr Gordon Wallace said: “The introduction of the bollards was designed as a temporary response to the COVID-19 pandemic to create space for physical distancing.

“The poor quality of the segregation used is starting to tell, and the current setup is clearly not a long term solution for the future. Support for active travel can be part of the legacy of the situation we have faced over the past 22 months, but this will require more permanent infrastructure which tackles the shortcomings of the present situation.
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Cllr Wallace added: “The Scottish Conservative team have a solution which will build on UK Government and Scottish Government support for active travel and remove the unsightly – and dangerous – bollards, maintain traffic flow, increase on-street parking available for residents, whilst enhancing safety and attractiveness for active travel road users with proper segregation.”

The proposal follows the announcement of an additional £34.5m of funding by the Scottish Government for active travel, bringing the total to £150m for the 2022/23 year.