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Residents demand removal of Games barricades

RESIDENTS living with heightened Commonwealth Games security are calling for Glasgow authorities to end all remaining restrictions.

People whose homes border the Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock have lived behind an 8ft fence and suffered parking restrictions.

Now the Games are finished, they want barricades taken down so "life can get back to normal".

Allan Lack, a supermarket worker, said locals are fed up.

The 33-year-old said: "It's been a real pain during the Games. Travelling to work in the morning has taken me an extra 45 minutes to get into town.

"We have heard it is going to be September 20 before the fences come down. They should be down by now."

People worst-hit by the restrictions around the Village - around Springfield Road and Baltic Street - faced road closures that stopped them parking their cars.

Bus stops were removed from the street and people had to use a shuttle bus service to get in and out.

A Glasgow 2014 spokeswoman said: "The Athletes' Village officially closed last Wednesday and we are committed to returning full access to Dalmarnock as soon and as safely as possible.

"All Games event parking restrictions are now lifted and the Games Route Network no longer applies.

"Road closures around all our venues, along with associated perimeter fencing, will be removed in phases when it is deemed safe to do so.

"The majority will be completed by the end of August to early September."

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