1400 back Cathkin road protest

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Over 1400 peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for the Cathkin Re­lief Road pro­ject to be scrapped.

But the Re­former can re­veal not a sin­gle ob­jec­tion to the pro­ject was re­ceived when it was made part of the re­gion’s Lo­cal Trans­port Strat­egy.

The £21mil­lion Road is set to be built on land be­tween Fern­hill and High Burn­side, link­ing Cathkin by­pass with Fern­hill Road.

It is be­ing taken for­ward as part of the City Deal, a joint part­ner­ship with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and the UK Gov­ern­ment.

Cam­paign­ers are set to hold a protest event on the wood­land park where the pro­posed route will go this Satur­day.

This week, head of roads and trans­porta­tion, Gor­don Mackay, told the Re­former: “We did not re­ceive any ob­jec­tions to the Cathkin Re­lief Road as part of ei­ther the Lo­cal Trans­port Strat­egy con­sul­ta­tion or the pre­vi­ous Lo­cal De­vel­op­ment Plan con­sul­ta­tion.”

But pro­tes­tors say the sit­u­a­tion has changed with the open­ing of the M74 and called for a re­think.

Alan McLen­nan, of the Cathkin Re­lief Road Op­po­si­tion Group, said: “The prob­lem with trans­port and de­vel­op­ment plans is that most peo­ple are not aware of them and/or don’t un­der­stand their role in the plan­ning process.

“When they are ad­ver­tised in the press they are gen­er­ally ig­nored due to a lack of pub­lic­ity and un­der­stand­ing. How­ever, when ac­tual pro­pos­als are well pub­li­cised and prop­erly pre­sented to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, that is when peo­ple re­alise the im­pli­ca­tions of what is on of­fer and act ac­cord­ingly. “

Alan claimed traf­fic has de­creased on routes such as Fern­hill Road and Blair­beth Road since a 2007 re­port, adding: “The sta­tis­tics con­tained in that re­port can­not now be re­lied upon as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to spend £21.6 mil­lion of public money on a road to nowhere.”

It is be­lieved around 450 in­di­vid­ual ob­jec­tions have also been sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil since the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion was lodged last month.

Roads chief Mr Mackay said: “Any writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion the coun­cil re­ceives with re­gards the pro­posed Cathkin Re­lief Road will be con­sid­ered as part of the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion process.

“His­tor­i­cal traf­fic mod­el­ing has re­cently been up­dated as part of the scheme de­vel­op­ment.

“This work re­flects the ex­is­tence of the new sec­tion of the M74 and cur­rent traf­fic pat­terns and is in­cluded in the plan­ning sub­mis­sion.

“The pro­posed road is part of the £ 1.13bn Glas­gow and Clyde Val­ley City Deal, an agree­ment be­tween the UK gov­ern­ment, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and eight lo­cal author­i­ties.”

Cam­paign Res­i­dents who are op­pos­ing a new road that could be built in the area with Ruther­glen MP Mar­garet Ferrier and Glas­gow MSP Bob Doris

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