Road row goes on

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations -

With re­gards to the Cathkin Re­lief Road, I re­fer to the quo­ta­tion the Re­former dated, June 24 from Head of Roads and Trans­porta­tion Ser­vices at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil: “If ap­proved the road will re­duce traf­fic on lo­cal residential roads, re­duce con­ges­tion at peak times and cut car­bon emis­sions.”

“There would also be sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fits of this and other City Deal Projects with op­por­tu­ni­ties for fu­ture eco­nomic growth and new jobs. Public trans­port and cy­cle jour­neys would also be im­proved.” I have four ques­tions for Mr Mackay. 1. How will traf­fic be re­duced when the pro­jec­tions show a 164 per cent in­crease on Cathkin By­pass?

2. How will con­ges­tion be re­duced at peak times when there isn’t any?

3. How will car­bon emis­sions be cut when the STAG Re­port iden­ti­fies long term air pol­lu­tion as a mod­er­ate neg­a­tive?

4. Please out­line what the ac­tual eco­nomic ben­e­fits of this City Deal Pro­ject will be and how public trans­port will be im­proved when the buses will con­tinue to use Fern­hill and East Kil­bride Roads?

Alan McLen­nan Op­pose the Cathkin Re­lief

Road

On be­half of New­ton Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, who or­gan­ised the New­ton Gala Day, we would like to say thank you to the fol­low­ing:

South La­nark­shire for the grant that en­abled us to put the event on, the South La­nark­shire Land Ser­vice team who were a great help on the day, and also the fol­low­ing com­pa­nies for their kind do­na­tions Autosafe, New­ton Arms, Cur­ley’s Butch­ers, Am­biance hair sa­lon, Tugs and Tan­gles, Head Room, West­burn bar, Miller Homes, Sefton bar, Equis, Tesco, Scotkart, Hugh Black butch­ers, Farm­foods.

Jeanette Adam So­cial Or­gan­iser

I have been fol­low­ing the re­ports and cor­re­spon­dence re­gard­ing the pro­posed Re­lief Road.

And while I can un­der­stand the con­cerns of a few res­i­dents ad­ja­cent to the land which has been set aside and ear­marked for half a cen­tury for this very pur­pose (not a “Park”), there is demon­stra­ble ev­i­dence that the Pro­ject would re­sult in a mea­sur­able im­prove­ment in the health, safety and qual­ity of life of all lo­cal res­i­dents (leav­ing aside the eco­nomic ben­e­fits that would ac­crue from the com­ple­tion of this “Miss­ing Link” in the road trans­port net­work).

Most of the ob­jec­tions to the Pro­ject seem to re­late to an amenity be­ing lost to dog­walk­ers but it is not much of a dis­tance to the ex­cel­lent out­door and recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided by the Cathkin Braes.

A side ben­e­fit of the pro­ject would be the erad­i­ca­tion of the rub­bish, ver­min and anti so­cial is­sues which blight the area.

Char­lie Shaw Blair­beth Road

I would like re­spond to a few points made in the col­umn writ­ten by Bob Doris MSP in the Re­former (June 24, 2015).

The Cathkin Re­lief Road is not cost­ing the coun­cil £21.6mil­lion. That is the cost of the road, but it is funded through the £1.13bil­lion Glas­gow and Clyde Val­ley City Deal, an agree­ment be­tween the UK gov­ern­ment, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and eight lo­cal author­i­ties.

The coun­cil will make a con­tri­bu­tion to the cost of the road if it is ap­proved.

The projects which form part of the City Deal pack­age have been agreed in ad­vance.

We have car­ried out ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with re­gards the Cathkin Re­lief Road over a num­ber of years.

If ap­proved the road will re­duce traf­fic on lo­cal residential roads, re­duce con­ges­tion at peak times and cut car­bon emis­sions.

There would also be sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fits of this and other City Deal projects with op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther eco­nomic growth and new jobs. Public trans­port and cy­cle jour­neys would also be im­proved.

Gor­don Mackay Head of Roads and Trans­porta­tion Ser­vices

For sev­eral weeks the Re­former has been re­port­ing on the cam­paign of The Cathkin Re­lief Road Op­po­si­tion Group and it would seem that the en­tire neigh­bour­hood are against the de­vel­op­ment.

This is far from the case. Many peo­ple in this area are very much in favour of the ex­ten­sion of the Cathkin by­pass, cre­at­ing a wide road, suit­able for heavy traf­fic.

The Op­po­si­tion Group are ob­ject­ing on the grounds that they do not want the noise and the smell of all these ve­hi­cles. At the mo­ment, this traf­fic uses Fern­hill Road, Blair­beth Road and Burn­side Road and the res­i­dents in these roads will be quite happy to get rid of the noise and the smell.

I live on Burn­side Road and at peak times the traf­fic is con­tin­u­ous, com­ing from or go­ing to the by­pass.

I also fre­quently use Fern­hill Road and Blair­beth Road, both of which are nar­row roads not suit­able for the ev­er­grow­ing traf­fic.

The de­vel­op­ment is called The Cathkin Re­lief Road - and I know that it will in­deed by a re­lief for the peo­ple who live in the above roads.

One of the nicest things to do as sec­re­tary is to write a let­ter of thanks, es­pe­cially as the peo­ple who so gen­er­ously sup­port Sum­mer­fest are help­ing to keep Sum­mer­fest go­ing.

On be­half of the com­mit­tee I would like to thank: SLC Tack­ling Poverty Fund; Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion; Clyde Gate­way; Routes To Work South; Joseph Nel­son Fu­neral Care; Mor­risons Store Cam­bus­lang; Doonin Group; Duffy Tosh­ner So­lic­i­tors; Cam­bus­lang Co-op Fu­neral Care; Westcrowns Con­tract­ing Ser­vices; Somervell MOT Sta­tion; Cllr Wal­ter Bro­gan; Cllr Clare McColl; Cllr Chris­tine Deanie; UK Trac­ing Ser­vices; The Bristol Bar; Vaslan; SLC Hous­ing; Rhino Train­ing Ltd; Topek Roof­ing Cam­bus­lang; Greggs; Tun­nocks; The Room; Tugs and Tan­gles; Hugh Black and Sons; No Hat Re­quired; Lark­field Spir­i­tu­al­ist Church; W Curly Butch­ers; Mar­ion Rooney; Mae­stro; Classy Chicks; Tommy’s Ma­son Take­away; Well­park Brew­ery and of course it is in­cum­bent on us to thank South La­nark­shire Coun­cil area com­mit­tee even though our grant was again slashed by half this year and this brings me to the start of my let­ter.

The cut to our fund­ing by the area com­mit­tee is ef­fec­tively putting Sum­mer­fest in jeop­ardy and the com­mit­tee are feel­ing vic­timised by the dra­co­nian cut to our grant, so we are re­ally grate­ful to all our spon­sors.

I would also say a big thank you to all the work­ers who help to en­sure Sum­mer­fest is well man­aged. Thank you to Wil­lie Dale and staff at Land Ser­vices; Mau­rine and staff SLC Leisure Ser­vices; Gor­don McKay Roads Depart­ment; David Beb­bing­ton Build­ing and Works; Strath­clyde Fire and Res­cue and Com­mu­nity polic­ing Cam­bus­lang.

We at Sum­mer­fest are sorry that this years fes­ti­val was short of some events, we had made ar­range­ments with Glas­gow and La­nark­shire Cadets for the climb­ing wall, the pipes and drums and the large ac­tiv­ity tent but we were let down at the last mo­ment and could not at such a late stage find a re­place­ment that we could af­ford, we also had some groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions can­celling their stalls so there was quite a few empty stalls this year.

We are also sorry that we are un­able to do some­thing about the mess from the crazy string and coloured hair spray but that is en­tirely out of our hands.

How­ever the weather was good, the stage had great per­form­ers and ev­ery­one

came along.

ev­ery­one who El­iz­a­beth Wat­son

Sec­re­tary Wim­ble­don is in full swing and as usual ten­nis fans have been camp­ing out for days on end to get a ticket for the much cov­eted cen­tre court. We asked four peo­ple if they could see any sport­ing event in the world what would it be.

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Derek Malone, from East­field said:“I would choose the World Cup fi­nal, it would be a great at­mos­phere.” James Robb (80), from High Burn­side said:“It would have to be the World Cup fi­nal.” Sheena Robb (78) from Burn­side said:“I would say the Wim­ble­don Fi­nal, as long as Andy Mur­ray is there!”

Brian Low, 60, from, Ruther­glen, said:“It would have to be the fi­nal of the Olympics 100 me­tre sprint - as long as Usian Bolt is in it!”

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