Coun­cil move to al­lay safety fears at re­lief road site

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have moved to as­sure res­i­dents liv­ing near the pro­posed route of the Cathkin Re­lief Road that any works will be car­ried out safely.

The coun­cil was re­spond­ing to crit­i­cism after one lo­cal spot­ted work­ers car­ry­ing out dig­ging work with­out sig­nage.

It was also al­leged they were not pay­ing at­ten­tion to pedes­tri­ans just yards away on a pub­lic path.

George Rae, a res­i­dent of Dalveen Way, re­ported the work­ers to the coun­cil and raised the is­sue with the Re­former.

He said: “If the dig­ger had swung round it could have had se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions for some­one walk­ing past.

“There was no signs up or any­thing, and when I chal­lenged the guy he said they didn’t seem nec­es­sary, but it’s not up to him.

“It’s the law to pro­tect the pub­lic, there should have been bar­ri­ers up. They just don’t ap­pear to be tak­ing this se­ri­ously, they think they can do what­ever they want.”

The £21mil­lion road has al­ready caused con­tro­versy, with hun­dreds of lo­cals sign­ing a pe­ti­tion call­ing on the plan to be scrapped.

How­ever, the route forms part of South La­nark­shire’s trans­port strat­egy and has ac­tu­ally been in the pipe­line for over five decades.

Gor­don Mackay, head of roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices, said: “We can con­firm that we com­mis­sioned site in­ves­ti­ga­tion works which are as­so­ci­ated with the pro­posed Cathkin Re­lief Road.

“Fol­low­ing the con­cerns raised, we con­tacted the con­trac­tor to make sure all ap­pro­pri­ate safety pre­cau­tions were be­ing taken.

“Our staff also vis­ited the site reg­u­larly and were sat­is­fied with the safety ar­range­ments in place.

“After dis­cus­sions with Mr Rae and the con­trac­tor, ad­di­tional fence sup­ports and sig­nage was in­stalled to pro­vide an added layer of safety.

“The works have now been sub­stan­tially com­pleted.”

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