Teenagers plead for re­think on re­lief road

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Two teenagers living near the pro­posed route of the £21mil­lion Cathkin Re­lief Road have called on South La­nark­shire Coun­cil not to de­stroy a part of their child­hood.

Julie Gar­roway and Ross Gowran ( both 13), are among the youngest ob­jec­tors to the project.

Both have sub­mit­ted let­ters of ob­jec­tion to the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, which is cur­rently lodged with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

The plans are for a 1.6kilo­me­tre road be­tween Cathkin by­pass and Fern­hill Road near the junc­tion with Croft­foot Road.

Julie, who stays on Beech Av­enue, said she was con­cerned about noise, pol­lu­tion and the loss of wildlife.

She also said: “The area is the only green area close by to me that al­lows my friends and I to go out on our bikes, or take a walk to­gether and ap­pre­ci­ate na­ture.

“We have spent lots of time there, and we love to go sledg­ing there in the win­ter.

“We also like to go there on Novem­ber 5, and look out onto the city and watch the spec­tac­u­lar fire­work dis­plays.

“I would hate to see a place which holds so many mem­o­ries dis­ap­pear.”

She also said the money could be bet­ter spent al­le­vi­at­ing poverty in the area.

Her dad, John Gar­roway, said he was proud of his daugh­ter for tak­ing a stand, adding: “It (the road) seems like a com­plete waste of money.

“We would lose a valu­able amenity in the area. There is no other place for the chil­dren.

“When Julie was wee, she learned to ride her bike there, it’s a ter­rific fa­cil­ity for the peo­ple to walk their dogs and we’ve done the sledg­ing there.

“I per­son­ally can­not see the point in it.”

Ross’s mum, Gill, has been a vo­cal op­po­nent of the project and her son, also a pupil at Stonelaw, has also out­lined his con­cerns to the coun­cil.

In his sub­mis­sion he wrote: “I have grown up en­joy­ing play­ing in this park.

“I’ve learned to ride my bike here. I learned to go my scooter one day fall­ing off, break­ing my front tooth and hurt­ing my face!

“I go for walks with my fam­ily here. When we look af­ter my cousin’s dog, I take it for walks here. When I am up­set, I climb my ‘think­ing tree’ across from my house and stand on a branch till I feel ready to go back to my house. If you build a road, I won’t be able to do any of th­ese things.”

Ross also de­tails con­cerns about his friends cross­ing the road to get to school as well as wildlife in the park and noise pol­lu­tion keep­ing peo­ple awake at night.

The con­tro­ver­sial road has been mooted for over 50 years and formed part of the coun­cil’s trans­port plan.

It is un­der­stood no de­ci­sion on the road will be taken un­til af­ter the coun­cil’s sum­mer re­cess.

He a d o f R o a d s and Trans­porta­tion, Gor­don Mackay, said: “Any writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion the coun­cil re­ceive with re­gards the pro­posed Cathkin Re­lief Road will be con­sid­ered as part of the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion process.”

Mr Mackay also con­firmed this week the coun­cil would be re­spon­si­ble for 14 per cent of the cost: “The City Deal project es­ti­mate is £21.628m, with a City Deal grant rate of 86 per cent.

“The coun­cil would be left to fund 14 per cent which amounts to just over £3m.

“The ex­act level of coun­cil con­tri­bu­tion will only be known when the project is com­plete and fi­nal costs are known.”

No road

Anger Ross Gowran is up­set at the prospect of the Cathkin Re­lief Road

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