Anger after community council ‘sits on the fence’
No objection over new relief road
A group set up to oppose the Cathkin Relief Road have slammed Burnside Community Council after they confirmed they wouldn’t object to the £21million project.
The Cathkin Relief Road Opposition group is made up of residents from High Burnside, Blairbeth, Cathkin, Fernhilll and Springhall who oppose the construction of the road.
The road will link Cathkin Bypass with Fernhill Road, near the junction with Croftfoot Road.
It has been in the pipeline for over 50 years, and makes up part of the council’s local transport strategy.
We reported that South Lanarkshire Council, who are behind the proposal, submitted a planning application for the road on Friday, May 8.
However the plans have been met with fury from many local residents. Concerns include the loss of local green space, noise and air pollution and as well as the value of homes near to the road being adversely affected.
The agenda at the January meeting of Burnside Community Council was dominated by the issue, with the overwhelming majority of the meeting opposed to the road.
Alan McLennan, a member of the opposition group, said he was disappointed with the community council’s decision to “sit on the fence” over the issue.
He also felt that the group’s online petition , which has over 1250 signatures against the road, proves that the majority of people in Burnside are against the proposal.
He said:“I don’t know why they’re not objecting. At the meeting in January we did a show of hands. There was well over 30 against the road and only one for. “There’s a feeling that the community council only really care about a certain part of Burnside, and not about the wider Burnside area.” Chair of the community council Jim Neil confirmed that, although they would not be objecting to the road, would convey the objections raised at the January meeting to the council:“I will be responding on behalf of Burnside Community Council to the request for comments from SLC on the recently lodged planning proposals regarding the Cathkin Relief Road. “The objections raised at the meeting will be communicated to the planning officers and the committee who will have to make the difficult decision on this matter. “The minute of the meeting confirms that opposition to the road is not unanimous and this is reflected in our response.” The news comes as the opposition group announced plans for a peaceful protest march to take place next month. It will take place on Saturday, June 20 at 11am at the Burnside Road entrance to the park where the relief road is proposed. Mr McLennan called on anyone against the road to show their opposition. He added:“If you don’t object then don’t moan. We are only asking for half an hour out of your day.”
Objectors Some of the protestors against the proposed £21million Cathkin Relief Road