Mixed views on re­lief road

Res­i­dents give their opin­ions on pro­posal

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

There was a mixed re­sponse to the Cathkin Re­lief Road plans at the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion last week.

Many peo­ple said they were op­posed out­right to the plan, but some said they couldn’t make their mind up, while oth­ers thought it would ben­e­fit parts of the area.

Pa­trick Shields ( 62) from Hazel­wood Gar­dens de­scribed it as a “van­ity project,” say­ing: “Peo­ple will use this road, there is no ques­tion of that, but I want to know who is ben­e­fit­ing from it. It will be those liv­ing on Blair­beth Road

“It’s an­noy­ing they have found this £21m for a van­ity project.

“My prop­erty is go­ing to fall in value be­cause some­one wants cars away from Blair­beth Road and their prop­erty prices will rise.”

How­ever, Dou­glas Eas­ton from Craw­furd Road felt Blair­beth Road needs a break: “The main prob­lem is on Blair­beth Road dur­ing the peak traf­fic hours, par­tic­u­larly with the school there.

“It would cer­tainly take pres­sure off Blair­beth Road.”

Also in favour of the plan was 85- year- old John Dunn from High­field Av­enue.

He said: “When I was buy­ing my house 52-years-ago the sales man­ager said to me ‘it’s only fair I tell you there will be an ex­ten­sion to the by-pass run­ning all along that streets and it should be built in two years. That was 52 years ago.

“I’m quite happy to see it go ahead.”

Michael Mooney (77) of Manor way, couldn’t de­cide: “I think it will come to be.

“Some peo­ple will not like it be­cause it is af­fect­ing them, but you’ve got to build a road some­where. It’s dread­ful down on Blair­beth Road. “I’m not in favour or against.” How­ever, many peo­ple were angry at the plan and felt their fears had not been ad­dressed at the event. Liz McIn­tosh from Up­per Bourtree Drive said: “There are a lot of con­cerns.

“I use that path as a short cut to get back from work at night but now I’ll have to walk all the way around, into Blair­beth.”

The loss of greenspace con­cerned Dawn Devlin (46) of Larch­field Drive: “The majority of our street is op­pos­ing this.

“It’s not even just the im­pact of the traf­fic I’m wor­ried about, there is an abun­dance of wildlife in there.

“There are no green spa­ces left and you’ll never al­le­vi­ate prob­lems with traf­fic.

“I am an out­door type per­son and use that area to walk my dogs. When I bought the house 14 years ago I wasn’t told about this road, it was my neigh­bour who men­tioned it to me.

“There sim­ply isn’t enough space, es­pe­cially for the kids in Fern­hill.”

Brian Heaney ( 77) of Ceder Gar­dens added: “It’s a night­mare.

“It will cause noise pol­lu­tion. They are also talk­ing about putting bar­ri­ers up at the junc­tion with Fern­hill Road like on the M74, but they will be a tar­get for graf­fiti.

“It’s also tak­ing away green belt, there are many as­pects that are go­ing to be af­fected.

“When I moved in to Ceder the lady who sold us the house said there was go­ing to be a road. That was 40 years ago. My hope is this is not go­ing to go through.”

Vis­i­tors look at the dis­play which was held in Fern­hill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre last week, and (top) the pro­posed route of the new by­pass

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