Dalmarnock residents: Games barricades need to go!

RESIDENTS living with heightened Commonwealth Games security are ­calling on bosses to end restrictions.

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Community members whose homes border the Athlete's Village in Dalmarnock have lived behind an eight foot high fence and suffered parking restrictions.

Now the Games are finished, they want barricades taken down so "life can get back to normal".

Allan Lack, a supermarket worker, said locals are fed up.

The 33-year-old said: "It's been a real pain during the Games. Travelling to work in the morning has taken me an extra 45 minutes to get into town.

"We've heard it's going to be September 20 before the fences come down. They really should be down by now."

People worst-hit by the restrictions around the Athlete's Village - around Springfield Road and Baltic Street - faced road closures that stopped them parking their cars.

Bus stops were removed from the street and locals had to use a shuttle bus service to get in and out.

Before the Games, local councillors were receiving around 15 calls of complaint a day.

Residents now say they are glad the event is over but want Games bosses to take down the fence.

One man, who did not want to be named, said: "We are prisoners. Look at these ­fences - just look at them.

"The last two weeks have been rubbish. You can't even get your car in or out. We are trapped in. They should be gone now."

Adele Duncan, 79, whose house looks onto the fence, said: "It was a bit of a hassle, I have to say.

"To be quite honest, it was a real hassle. I think the Games were good for the city and it was good to have them in Glasgow but for us it was very difficult.

"It was quite over the top, all of this. There were two Australians walking past one day and they actually stopped and asked what all this was for - it seemed a bit extreme to them too. I'm glad it's over with now."

Gary Graham, 19, said: "I don't live quite so near the fence so it wasn't too bad for me - just like a normal day most of the time, except the roads were shut.

"I watched the Games on TV and it was exciting to have them here. I know some people found it really hard but it wasn't that bad.

"The Games are good for the area and it only added an extra five to 10 minutes on to my journey so I can't complain."

David Stewart, 21, who runs a youth group in the community, said: "Beforehand there was a lot feeling of neglect, people here felt taken for granted.

"Everyone was given tickets for the Games and, although some people weren't happy with what they had been given, people did use them and went to events.

"It maybe wasn't as bad as we thought it would be but people are just looking for the fences to come down now."

A Glasgow 2014 spokeswoman said: "The Athletes' Village officially closed on Wednesday and we are committed to returning full access to Dalmarnock as soon and as safely as possible.

"All Games Time Event Day parking restrictions are now lifted and the Games Route Network no longer applies.

"Road closures that were implemented around all our venues, along with associated perimeter fencing, will be removed in phases when it is deemed safe to do so.

"The majority will be completed by the end of August to early September.

"We are endeavouring where possible to complete these ahead of schedule."

catriona.stewart@eveningtimes.co,uk

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