Deer spot­ted on site of Cathkin Re­lief Road

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A fam­ily of deer have been spot­ted on the pro­posed site of the Cathkin Re­lief Road.

Op­po­nents to the road posted pic­tures of the crea­tures on Twit­ter on Mon­day, July 20.

Many res­i­dents are protest­ing against the road as they feel it would lead to the loss of their wood­land park.

They say the park is a haven for wildlife.

This week, how­ever, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said they had no ev­i­dence of deer ac­tu­ally liv­ing in the park.

Head of Roads and Trans­porta­tion Gor­don Mackay said:“A com­pre­hen­sive En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact As­sess­ment (EIA) was pre­pared as part of the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mis­sion for Cathkin Re­lief Road and, although the po­ten­tial pres­ence of deer was noted dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise, this site was not con­sid­ered big enough to sup­port a deer pop­u­la­tion while a more favourable habi­tat was noted to be lo­cated to the south of the site, at Cathkin Braes.

“No sign of deer, or their drop­pings, tracks or couches, was recorded dur­ing the EIA sur­vey.

“It is pos­si­ble that deer may on oc­ca­sion en­ter the site but it is con­sid­ered that the im­pact and mit­i­ga­tion on any deer that do so would be sim­i­lar to that on other wildlife.

“As part of the on-go­ing de­sign works, fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions are be­ing car­ried out to look at spe­cific species, such as bats and badgers, with no is­sues be­ing re­ported to date in this re­spect.

“Over­all, we have also looked to min­imise the foot­print of the road through the area and have re-aligned the route to avoid the main area of veg­e­ta­tion and habi­tat as much as pos­si­ble.”

The con­tro­ver­sial £21mil­lion road will link the Cathkin by­pass with Fern­hill Road near the junction with Croft­foot Road.

It has been mooted for over 50 years, but has only be­come pos­si­ble now thanks to fund­ing from the City Deal be­tween seven lo­cal author­i­ties and the UK and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ments. How­ever, cam­paign­ers say it is not needed and will ac­tu­ally put lives at risk.

Wildlife A deer pic­tured on the site of the pro­posed Cathkin Re­lief Road near High Burn­side

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