Green mother sees red

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunt­ing

Rose­mar y McGowan, co- con­vener of the North La­nark­shire branch of the Green party, re­mains de­ter­mined to see Chapel­hall’s traf­fic is­sues and air pol­lu­tion prob­lem fixed – but hit out at “poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion” with res­i­dents and flawed pro­pos­als.

Ms McGowan, who lives in the vil­lage, spoke as a lo­cal mum in shar­ing her re­ac­tion to the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to can­cel road­works plans with the Ad­ver­tiser.

She said: “The main thing I took out of the pub­lic meet­ing was the to­tal lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the coun­cil’s roads and en­vi­ron­men­tal health de­part­ments and the com­mu­nity; no- one knew any­thing about these plans.

“I emailed the coun­cil to ask what was hap­pen­ing be­cause, as a par­ent, I was dis­mayed that they were plan­ning to close the road for that length of time – and when the schools were just start­ing back.

“I would hap­pily see any ac­tion to tackle the vil­lage’s air qual­ity is­sue, but ques­tion what the ben­e­fit of these road­works would’ve been.

“The coun­cil has to lis­ten to the com­mu­nity and they seemed to do so at the pub­lic meet­ing – but we will have to wait and see.

“The big­gest prob­lem is the HGVs com­ing through the vil­lage and the changes to the M8 chan­nelling traf­fic into Lau­chope Street.

“This is not just about tak­ing ac­tion, but tak­ing ef­fec­tive ac­tion. These con­cerns are noth­ing new and there needs to be bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion com­ing from the coun­cil go­ing for­ward.”

Green Rose­mary McGowan

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