Anger over road closure organisation

A community councillor for Pinmore and Pinwherry has revealed his frustration over the lack of organisation when road closures take place in the area.

Mike Chamberlain who is the treasurer of the two ‘Pins’ community council is angered at the lack of communication from the roads department at South Ayrshire Council.

Road repair works were undertaken this week on the A714 but there seemed to be confusion about road closure notices being taken down at the correct time.

In an e-mail seen by the Gazette Mr Chamberlain says that all road closure signs should have been removed at 3.30pm.

However, this was not the case as Mr Chamberlain was directly affected on the evening of Tuesday 17 September when he wished to catch a bus service from Pinmore to Girvan at 6.21pm. He informed us that the bus did not turn up due to ‘road ahead closed’ and ‘diversion’ notices still being in place at this time. This has since been confirmed by the bus company Stagecoach who said that the bus turned back at Colmonell to return to the A77 as the signs had not been removed.

Mr Chamberlain later drove along the A714 from Pinwherry to Girvan road which was open but found that there was still a flashing electronic ‘road closed’ sign after Pinwherry as well as the road ahead closed signs still being in place at the entrance to the Shallochpark roundabout.

Mr Chamberlain was also in Girvan on the evening of Wednesday 18 September and signs were still in place long after they should have been.

And there are unconfirmed reports that school kids were unable to get to Girvan Academy on Wednesday morning from Pinmore due to the lack of organisation.

Mr Chamberlain is angry that this lack of organisation has happened again after a similar incident in August.

On that occasion roadworks took place from Asselfoot to Holmhead along a stretch of road on the notorious A714.

Mr Chamberlain contacted South Ayrshire Council last month when the repairs were ongoing to inform them that at the roundabout at the south end of Girvan there were cones across the A714 as well as a road closed sign.

However, there were also cones at Tormitchell Road in Pinmore and another road closure sign which meant that nobody knew where the road closure actually was.

If drivers had followed the diversion signs they would have ended back on the A714 at Pinwherry and upon arriving at Holmhead they would have to retrace their whole journey once again.

Mr Chamberlain also pointed out that there didn’t seem to be any problems with road closures in Girvan when the Ayrshire Alps cycling event took place in August.

He said that road closed and diversion notices were in place as well as information and local access notices.

Council bosses have apologised for the confusion despite knowing about the works in advance.

Mike Newall, South Ayrshire Council’s Head of Neighbourhood Services said: “We were disappointed to learn of complaints from the local community about an incorrectly placed road sign and we apologise sincerely for the inconvenience this has caused.

“We have spoken directly to our contractor about the need for the correct signage to be in the correct places - and at the right times - and we hope there will be no repeat of this situation.”