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Madness In Wishaw Main Street
A fed-up resident has claimed it is taking almost as long to complete the £8m revamp of Wishaw Main Street as it to build a new crossing over the Forth.
The angry woman has called on council bosses to attend a public meeting in Wishaw to explain to people in the town why it has taken so long and caused so much disruption and misery.
Everyone have been up in arms for almost three years over the time taken to complete the £8m Streetscape project and have branded it a waste of council tax payers’ money.
But North Lanarkshrie Council insist the project is making improvements to the town centre.
An elderly resident raised her concerns about the Main Street. She said: “I looked at the internet and the work on the Forth Road Bridge began in September 2011. It is almost three years they have been working on the Main Street. The Forth Road bridge is a much bigger project and they are having to build under and over water. The Main Street is Wishaw is about half mile long.”
And the woman is calling on someone to be responsible for the project and wants them to attend a public meeting to justify the time taken to complete the scheme.
“No-one seems to be accountable for this,” she added. “Do the council know what impact this has had on the people of Wishaw. I was in the Main Street two days before Christmas and it was like a ghost town. “They have spent £8m on the town centre. I would like to know how much that is per metre.”
And the woman warned that Main Street at its junction with Dryburgh Road is an accident waiting to happen. “It is a disaster there,” she stated.
“The road outside the health centre is congested. The parking in Kirk Road is also a nightmare. There is going to be a major accident or a fatality. “
A council spokesman said: “We fully understand people’s frustrations as we continue with our streetscape improvement works, but these works are essential to the long-term future of Wishaw town centre.
“Once completed, the project will see major improvements including wider pavements for shoppers, improved road levels and pavements, new parking bays, better street lighting and resurfaced roads.
“We want to help create a vibrant, modern town centre for shoppers, visitors, retailers and drivers. To achieve this involves a huge amount of work and planning.
“We ask people to be patient as we aim to make Wishaw town centre a better place to work, shop and visit.”