Anger af­ter com­mu­nity coun­cil ‘sits on the fence’

No ob­jec­tion over new re­lief road

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Will Hen­shaw

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

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