Local fury as Cathkin road plan goes in
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.”