There’s no need for pro­posed road

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

I read with in­ter­est the let­ter from Ron­nie Cot­ter­ill re­gard­ing his sup­port for the Cathkin Re­lief Road and note that he was un­aware that the pro­posed road was the cen­tre of a row.

To date over 1350 peo­ple have signed an online pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the road and over 475 for­mal writ­ten ob­jec­tions to the road have been sub­mit­ted to the plan­ning depart­ment.

The traf­fic lights at East Kil­bride Road and Western Road are de­signed to speed up the traf­fic flow, by the in­tro­duc­tion of an ad­di­tional lane on Western Road to­gether with fil­ter lanes. The re­lief road pro­pos­als con­tain a sim­i­lar pro­posal for the junction of Fern­hill Road/Croft­foot Road/ Blair­beth Road and Mill Street and this would im­prove that par­tic­u­lar junction and should be sup­ported.

The re­main­der of the Re­lief Road, how­ever is not welcome. It will pass through a park, not waste ground over­rid­den by weeds, over­grown shrubs, long grass and bushes as Mr Cot­ter­ill sug­gests. The so-called “green space” is ac­tu­ally a park, cre­ated by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil in 2001. He should look at the Op­po­si­tion Group’s web­site and he will see a copy of the 2000 SLC plan for the park. He will also see a se­ries of pho­to­graphs taken at peak times of lo­cal roads show­ing a dis­tinct lack of con­ges­tion. It is ob­vi­ous from his com­ments about drink­ing dens and be­ing un­safe for chil­dren that Mr Cot­ter­ill has not seen the park in re­cent years. He should take a walk along the paths and talk to some of the many lo­cals who regularly use and en­joy the park.

Chil­dren do play there regularly and safely, sum­mer and win­ter and it is used fre­quently by lo­cal res­i­dents with chil­dren, lo­cal nurs­eries and lo­cal pri­mary schools for na­ture walks, fresh air and ex­er­cise.

The new road will hardly take mo­torists away from built up ar­eas, when it will pass within 10 me­tres of ex­ist­ing houses. Chil­dren in Fern­hill would have to cross two main roads to get to St Marks and Burn­side Pri­mary Schools, that will hardly make their lives safer.

Fi­nally it is un­think­able that in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial cli­mate, £21.6 mil­lion of public money could be spent on a road that is not re­quired. J. Alan McLen­nan, Beech Av­enue, High Burn­side.

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