In late January a resident called 999 to report a house fire. Two fire engines were promptly dispatched, but neither arrived. They both became trapped in the narrow streets of Strathbungo, due to poorly or illegally parked cars.
Fortunately the fire burnt itself out on this occasion, with no major harm done, but it could have been much worse. And this is not the first time this has happened.
Sometimes we pay too little attention to where we leave our cars, and the consequences it has for others, be it pedestrians and young children in the street, or those trapped in a burning building.
We ask all residents to give more consideration to the needs of others when parking in Strathbungo. Parking on double yellow lines at the road and lane junctions, is a particular issue, as it restricts the turning of emergency vehicles, as well as putting other road users in danger due to poor sight lines.
The Strathbungo Society is in contact with Scottish Fire and Rescue as well as the Council to see how we can collectively keep Strathbungo safe. The issue was raised at the Pollokshields Area Partnership meeting this month, and it turns out this problem is not unique to Strathbungo; read about it in the Evening Times.
This is a topic we shall be exploring more in the coming weeks, but meanwhile would value your comments.