The group opposing the £ 21million Cathkin Relief Road handed a petition of more than 1200 names against the proposal to Rutherglen MP Margaret Ferrier.
The Opposition to Cathkin Relief Road group had set up an online petition asking any one who was against the road to put their names down. The group, made up of residents from Burnside, Blairbeth, Cathkin, Fernhilll and Springhall, chose the entrance to the greenspace opposite the end of Cathkin Bypass for the handover.
The space, which is well used t h roughout the commu n i t y , would be lost if the road is built. Last Friday ( May 29) they presented the petition to MP Margaret Ferrier and Glasgow list SNP Bob Doris to raise awareness of the amount of people against the project. 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. Member of the group Alan McLennan said the petition sent a clear message to the council: “It says that the people in the community don’t want this road.
“There are also people who live outwith the area who have signed the petition as they use this greenspace and don’t want it lost.
“Everyone we’ve spoken to is against the road, we haven’t spoken to anyone who’s in favour of it yet.
“We’re hoping to stop it, but obviously it’s a council decision. We can only put our case across as best as possible.”
SNP MP Margaret said she “pledged her support” for the group and didn’t think their had been “proper consultation” over the road: “The group have a done a fantastic job in gathering support and this space is obviously very important to them.
“The council has to go away and revisit why they are putting the road in now after so many years. The level of support for the locals are suggesting it would be a mistake and that it wouldn’t add any value to the area.
Glasgow MSP Bob Doris added: “I’ve looked at the proposals for the relief road and don’t believe they stack up. Around 50 people turned out to show their opposition to the road.
Joanne Sheils (36), from Monteith Place, works as a childminder and says the loss of the greenspace would be of detriment to children: “I walk through this green space with my five-year-old daughter to school, I don’t really want to be walking her along side a busy main road.”
In response to Margaret Ferrier, head of South Lanarkshire Council’s roads and transportation services, Gordon Mackay, said they had carried out ”extensive consultation” with regards the Cathkin Relief Road over a number of years.
He pointed to the recent public exhibition at Fernhill Community Centre, with 450 people attending and 150 completing comment forms, as proof: “It is something that has been proposed since before the days of South Lanarkshire Council and is presently included in the current local plan and will continue to be included in the soon to be adopted local development plan. The scheme has also been included in similar development plans for many years prior to this.
“In addition, the scheme is supported within the council’s local transport strategy, first published in 2001, and more recently in December 2013
“Both the local plan and local transport strategy involve extensive consultation including with community groups such as residents associations and community councils. Councillors and other politicians and other public bodies including Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and neighbouring councils.
“Also, the current planning application allows people the opportunity to make their views known on the proposal.”