Protest mounts over relief road
Residents opposed to the £ 21million Cathkin Relief Road are planning a protest march against the project.
The opposition group set up against the plan have organised the event, which will take place on Saturday June 20, at 11am.
It will consist of a walk through the park area where the road is set to pass through – from Cathkin and Fernhill Church all the way to Blairbeth.
Opponents hope the walk will raise awareness of their fight and comes amid claims the new road will see the destruction of iconic hedges on Cathkin bypass, although this has been dismissed by the council.
The group plan to set up a stall at the Burnside in Bloom Gala event on May 30 while an online petition has attracted more than 1200 signature.
Alan McLennan, of the group, told the Reformer: “This will be a peaceful protest march by concerned local residents and the idea is to publicise the general opposition to this proposed road.
“Sadly many residents in the area still do not know about the road proposal and we are trying to raise awareness.
“Some residents have only found out today that the proposals include removing the historic beech hedges along both sides of the existing Cathkin bypass and replacing them with 1.5m high sound barriers.
“We are hoping for a large turnout of support.
“Objections to the planning application are beginning to appear on the planning portal and information on how to access it can be found on our website www. cathkin-relief-road.org.uk which I am updating on a daily basis.”
The group have recently gained political support from Glasgow MSP Bob Doris, who this week tweeted: “My concerns are longstanding and I will be putting in a formal objection.”
Councillor Gerard Killen will hold three special surgeries so he can make representation on behalf of constituents.
Michael McGlynn, head of planning and Building Standards, said only a tiny portion of the Cathkin bypass hedges would be affected.
He said: “The planning application has now been formally registered. There is now a statutory [consecutive] 21- day period during which representations can be made.
“However, the council routinely accepts representations until the committee report is finalised.
“In association with the planning application for the road, it is proposed to introduce a sound barrier along the full length of the existing by-pass on both sides of the road at the rear of the existing footway.
“If approved, the existing hedge along the length of the bypass will be retained, with the exception of two very short sections at the Burnside Road junction.”
The planning application for the Cathkin Relief Road was submitted by South Lanarkshire Council earlier this month.
If it gets the go- ahead the road, which has been mooted for over five decades, will link Cathkin Bypass with Fernhill Road, near the junctions with Croftfoot Road.
The road has formed part of the council’s transport plan for the past 16 years, but funding only became available last summer when the council signed up to the City Deal between seven local authorities and the UK and Scottish governments.