Set­ting the facts straight over re­lief road plan

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

I wish to com­ment on Ron­nie Cot­ter­ill’s let­ter in the Re­former (June 17).

Whilst I am grate­ful we live in a democ­racy and re­spect our right to have dif­fer­ent opin­ions, I feel the need to high­light to Mr Cot­ter­ill some er­rors in what he has said.

The area is in fact a nat­u­ral park not “waste ground”as he sug­gests and was gifted to the com­mu­nity as a park by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil in 2001.

There is nat­u­ral habi­tat for wildlife and a net­work of paths for walk­ing, jog­ging and cy­cling. If he ac­tu­ally came to the park he would know it was a place chil­dren can and do play.

As for him be­liev­ing the screens will be a bonus, I don’t think he would ap­pre­ci­ate look­ing out at the screens like the ones on the M74.

My chil­dren also at­tended Burn­side Pri­mary and the coun­cil did not con­sider it busy enough to main­tain a cross­ing pa­trol in 2014. I would ask him to con­sider the chil­dren who at­tend school and nurs­ery at Cathkin and St Mark’s Pri­mary Schools. Do they not have the right to a safe walk to school and nurs­ery?

As for be­liev­ing the road will not be in a residential area I think those of us liv­ing along­side the pro­posed road would dis­agree.

I don’t be­lieve we are be­ing self­ish, as he says, we are sim­ply try­ing to main­tain a com­mu­nity re­source and I in­vite him to come and visit the park so he can see for him­self. Gill Gowran, Op­pose the Cathkin Re­lief Road. The move­ment is grow­ing for an­ti­aus­ter­ity and this is not only in Scot­land but all over Europe.

The aus­ter­ity plan has failed and is bank­rupt. Or­di­nary peo­ple have had enough and are show­ing their dis­con­tent.

If the pow­er­ful lead­ers thought that peo­ple were go­ing to lie down to their ide­ol­ogy think again!

It is the poor and the mid­dle class who are hav­ing to pay for this experiment and the rich are ex­empt.

I look for­ward to the days ahead when we see the re­turn to com­mon sense pro­gres­sive pol­i­tics. Ful­ton Hunter, By email.

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