Green mother sees red
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