A ZEBRA crossing is to be installed at a Johnstone retail development after residents raised safety concerns.

The action is being taken at Paton’s Mill retail park, in response to fears that a lack of a footpath on one side of the entrance is “an accident waiting to happen.”

Earlier this year, The Gazette told how shoppers heading into the development from Johnstone town centre have to cross the busy entrance to reach the safety of a path on the other side.

Renfrewshire Council and developers 4th Consulting have now come to an agreement that a zebra crossing should be put in place. 

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However, Johnstone pensioner Ronald Wylie, who first raised the safety concerns, is not convinced this is the answer.

Mr Wylie, of Thomson Avenue, said: “There really needs to be a footpath. A crossing is just going to stop traffic and I think that will cause a real build-up.

“I think there needs to be a footpath and then there needs to be a crossing further into the park. 

“I am pleased they are addressing the issue but I do not think this is the answer.”

Council chiefs have said a footpath is something which could still be discussed with developers.

The multi-million pound retail park, on the site of the former Paton’s Mill, is home to discount retailers Aldi and Home Bargains, as well as a drive-thru outlet for coffee giants Starbucks.

The three stores, which have created around 75 jobs, replaced a former shoelace factory, which became an eyesore after being repeatedly vandalised once production stopped 15 years ago.

A council spokesperson said: “The safety of road users and pedestrians in Renfrewshire is paramount and we regularly review all roads to ensure their efficiency.

“We have worked closely with the developer of Paton’s Mill to ensure traffic congestion at the site is minimised and it has been agreed they will install a zebra crossing to control the speed of traffic entering the site.

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“We will continue to work with the developer to discuss any issues which arise, including a need for an additional footpath, and assist with these where appropriate.”

A spokesman for 4th Consulting added: “We have approved plans from the roads department and will be in a position to progress the works once the final costs have been submitted.”

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