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Traffic Calming Called For


08/07/15
























A shocked mum says it is a miracle no one was killed in a crash at her home.

A driver ploughed into her parked car and sent it through a fence to end up only feet from her house.

Margot Pearson of Bellside Road, Cleland, and her family were watching television on Saturday evening when they heard loud bangs and screeching.

When she ran to the window Margot saw the rear end of her car sitting in her garden.

“My wee girl Cara was screaming, she got such a fright,” said the civil servant.


Margot claimed that a car clipped a pole, smashed into her parked Fiat Punto, trashed a fence, destroyed her wrought iron gate and demolished a neighbour’s wall.

“It’s a good thing that it hit my car first,” she said, “because I’m convinced that stopped it from ending up through the wall of my house.

“It doesn’t bear thinking about. It’s a wonder no one was killed.”


Margot said she has complained for years to the council and police about speeding drivers on Bellside Road but her comments always fall on deaf ears.

She said: “The council say they can’t put in any traffic-calming measures because heavy lorries use the road to avoid the low bridge on the A73.

“But there are a lot of children round here. Does someone need to be killed before something will be done about it?

“I’ve been warning for years that something like this would happen – and, ironically, it goes and happens to me.”

Margot’s car has already been declared a write-off by her insurance company.


Ward councillor Robert McKendrick said he is aware of the dangerous situation in Bellside Road. “We have been working closely with the community council and the local authority about several of the roads in Cleland, mainly trying to cut down on speeding,” he said.

“Trying to find ways to make the roads safer is a priority for us.

“I think more could be done by the council. The signage could be improved, for example, and more safety measures could be introduced.

“I will be having further discussion with the council and doing my best to help people in Bellside Road.”


A council spokesman said: “We monitor all injury accidents and prioritise road safety measures based on the greatest need, specifically where there have been five or more injury accidents over a three-year period.

“This approach has successfully reduced accident rates across North Lanarkshire.”

The spokesman pointed out that Bellside Road does not meet the five or more injury accidents criteria.

Police said that following an incident in Bellside Road on Saturday evening a 20-year-old Motherwell man has been reported to the procurator fiscal for dangerous driving.