Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:22 BST on Thursday, 3rd August 2012.
 
Wilderness Brae Appeal calls upon political support

Picture shows the accident scene, with floral tributes laid before the road. Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and is used on his courtesy.
There has been such attention around the ‘Wilderness Brae Appeal’ Facebook campaign that now many of Cumbernauld’s elected officials have spoken out on the issue.


The campaign’s organiser, Nicole McAllister has told Cumbernauld Media that support from the media and the public has been “outstanding”, and since launching less than three days ago, the campaign’s Facebook page has gathered over 4,000 fans.

Nicole has confirmed that she will be meeting with Cumbernauld North independent Councillor, Councillor Alan O’Brien, with other local politicians stepping up political pressure and showing their support for new safety measure implementation.

Speaking to the media, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth’s SNP MSP Jamie Hepburn said: “This is tragic news and I want to express my condolences the families of the victims at what I can only imagine must be a harrowing time for them all.

“Unfortunately this is not the first time that there has been a serious accident on this stretch of road; indeed, these are not the first fatalities.

“While we must wait for further details to emerge, I will be writing to North Lanarkshire Council - not for the first time - about this stretch of road to request that they look at what further safety measures they can put in place at this location.”

Adding his comments into the mix, Abronhill, Kildrum and The Village’s Labour Councillor, Stephen Grant posted on the campaign group’s Facebook page, saying: “I understand completely your concerns and the concerns of everyone who has post on this page” adding “…as a local Councillor I would be more than happy to meet with you to discuss those concerns.”

Councillor Grant added: “The Council is already reviewing its safety measures and we are we are working closely with the police to make sure we have all the facts in relation to this tragedy.”

Shortly after the public announcement of the accident, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East MP Gregg McClymont tweeted: “Thoughts are with families of those affected by fatal multiple car crash in Cumbernauld and with emergency services attending. Awful.”