“The poor fencing at this part of the pavement needs replaced”, said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest) commenting on damaged fencing alongside a section of pavement on Inchinnan Road, which has a significant drop onto waste ground.
Councillor MacLaren contacted council officials to make them aware of the issue and the potential safety hazard that could result in pedestrians falling off the pavement due to the poor fencing. Council officers investigated the site and have contacted the owners of the site requesting that they carry out immediate repairs to the fencing. However, the company in question – J W Filshill Ltd of 24 Macdowall St., Paisley – have not responded. Therefore, under Section 93 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, ‘Protection of road users from dangers near a road’, the roads authority can take steps to obviate anything it considers to be a danger on land beside a road and recover the expenses reasonably incurred in so doing from the owner of the land.
This means that Renfrewshire Council will make repairs to the fence and seek recompense from J W Filshill Ltd.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:
“It is disappointing that local landowners don’t look after their sites and that the council has to step in and carry out the work.
“There is a significant drop from the pavement to the waste ground below, which is covered by rocks and anyone unfortunate enough to fall would likely suffer quite serious injury.
“I am pleased that the council is acting quickly to make this area safe but there is a concern that the owner of this site appears unconcerned with public safety.”