Action call over streets hit by Games security

GLASGOW MSP John Mason has written to Commonwealth Games bosses demanding action for residents affected by tough security measures.

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John Mason has called for action to help the "fenced-in" residents
John Mason has called for action to help the "fenced-in" residents

Mr Mason recently spent time in Dalmarnock talking to local people about their views on fences put in place to protect athletes.

He has now written to Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg with moves he believes may compensate for the disruption.

On Wednesday, the Evening Times revealed residents are unhappy that huge fences have been built near their front doors, stopping access to their properties.

Mr Mason said people want to know if there will be compensation for areas, which are being severely affected by the sporting event.

His letter says: "This is an area where there could be a bit of flexibility on the part of Glasgow 2014 and Glasgow City Council and at least some effort would reassure residents they are being cared about.

"It is particularly striking on Springfield Road that the fence has been erected right in front of residents' homes and at a reasonable distance from the village itself.

"It sends out a signal the residents are not to be trusted and there is an element of stigmatization in this and their quality of life is affected."

Mr Mason suggests residents should be offered free tickets for Games events, compensation, a street party or have internal streets resurfaced.

He said: "Free tickets is perhaps the simplest and most obvious gesture which could be made as it would not really cost anything to the organisers and would be a token of goodwill.

"A street party was not something I had thought of but it was an extremely good idea as it would not cost a huge amount of money but would send out a signal residents are appreciated."

Mr Mason says resurfacing local roads which are in a poor state of repair would also be a sign local people matter.

A council spokesman said: "A number of roads across the city and throughout the east end have been resurfaced this year. And a number of streets in the immediate area are scheduled to be resurfaced after the Games with more to follow in the works programme next year."

vivienne.nicoll@eveningtimes.co.uk

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