Lo­cal fury as Cathkin road plan goes in

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have sub­mit­ted plans for the con­tro­ver­sial Cathkin Re­lief Road.

A pro­posal was handed to the coun­cil’s own plan­ning depart­ment last Fri­day (May 8).

Res­i­dents living near the pro­posed route, be­tween Fern­hill and High Burn­side/ Blair­beth, will now be able to have their say on whether the road should go ahead.

The ap­pli­ca­tion has not been of­fi­cially reg­is­tered yet, but when it is res­i­dents will have at least 21 days to make a rep­re­sen­ta­tion, although the coun­cil usu­ally al­low com­ments up un­til a com­mit­tee date is set.

The £21mil­lion road will link Cathkin By­pass with Fern­hill Road, near the junc­tions with Croft­foot Road.

It has been in the pipe­line for over 50 years, and makes up part of the coun­cil’s lo­cal trans­port strat­egy.

But res­i­dents living nearby had re­acted with fury at the pro­posal, say­ing it will ruin green space, re­sult in noise and air pol­lu­tion, and af­fect the value of their homes.

As well as the 7.6m-wide road that will run for 1.6 kilo­me­tres, the plans also in­clude pro­vi­sion for light­ing, foot­ways, cy­cle­ways and drainage

Ruther­glen South coun­cil­lor, Ger­ard Killen, re­vealed to the Re­former this week that he would hold three spe­cial surg­eries on the is­sue for res­i­dents to make their rep­re­sen­ta­tions heard.

They will take place on Wed­nes­day, May 20 at 7pm in Cathkin Pri­mary; Thurs­day, May 21 at 7pm in Fern­hill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre; Satur­day, May 30 at 11am in Fern­hill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Coun­cil­lor Killen said:“I don’t want, at the end of this, for peo­ple to say they never had the op­por­tu­nity to say what they wanted to say. They can come to me and give their views on the road.

“At the end of the day, I will get all the com­ments to­gether and make a rep­re­sen­ta­tion on their be­half to the plan­ning com­mit­tee.

“Peo­ple are free to make their own rep­re­sen­ta­tions and I would en­cour­age them to do that.”

When asked if he sup­ported the road, Coun­cil­lor Killen said:“Hon­estly, I don’t know. It’s not some­thing I en­vis­age my­self ever us­ing and I don’t live near it.

“I am con­cerned on how peo­ple feel about it lo­cally.”

Op­po­nents to the road have started their own web­site - www.cathkin-re­liefroad.org.uk - de­tail­ing their ob­jec­tions.

The op­po­si­tion group will hold an­other

Anger Many res­i­dents are op­posed to the Cathkin Re­lief Road meet­ing tonight (Wed­nes­day) and have vowed to host a public meet­ing in the com­ing weeks.

Alan McLennan, who is part of the op­po­si­tion steer­ing group, said:“I think a lot of peo­ple were un­der the im­pres­sion there would be a sec­ond con­sul­ta­tion event so they have been left won­der­ing what’s been hap­pen­ing.There is a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in and it’s full steam ahead.

“We want to get this road stopped, but no-one seems to be lis­ten­ing. It’s a waste of £21m and it seems they’re just spend­ing it be­cause they have it.”

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