Setting the facts straight over relief road plan
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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