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Larbert road is a bumpy ride for residents

Local residents say their homes and cars are being affected by the speed cushions in Foundry Loan, Larbert. Picture: John Devlin (140312)

Local residents say their homes and cars are being affected by the speed cushions in Foundry Loan, Larbert. Picture: John Devlin (140312)

 

Residents claim their homes and cars are being damaged by heavy vehicles going over speed cushions.

The traffic calming measures were put in place when the housing development at Foundry Loan opened.

Eric Appelbe, chairman of Larbert, Stenhousemuir and Torwood Community Council said they had received repeated complaints and the speed bumps are not fit for purpose.

“This has been a long running issue, but it seems to be getting worse as many of the cushions are damaged and broken. Basically, they are too high and not wide enough.

“It means lorries can dodge going over them and still travel at speed, while cars are being damaged because of their height. These cushions are not fit for purpose.”

The community council has written to Falkirk Council requesting a full review of the traffic calming.

The local authority carried out a vibrations tests on the road last summer after complaints that homes were shaking and walls cracking as a result of heavy goods vehicles going over the bumps.

Joiner David Kerr (51), who lives in Henryson Crescent, off Foundry Loan, said: “My house rattles every time a truck goes by, the whole house vibrates and I’ve been complaining about it to the council for four years, but they are not interested.

“The bumps basically act as a ramp because of their size and because they don’t force the trucks and lorries to slow down. The council said they would measure the problem with a seismometer but they only did it at houses that weren’t really affected, as far as I could see.”

A council spokeswoman said: “We have carried out vibration monitoring at a property in Foundry Loan which revealed no issues. However, we have agreed to carry out further readings at a different location within the area in the near future.”

 

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