Day of ac­tion over Re­lief Road

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A po­lit­i­cal group are set to stage an event op­pos­ing the Cathkin Re­lief Road as part of a na­tional “day of ac­tion” this week­end.

Women for In­de­pen­dence have started a cam­paign called Our Land.

The aim is to high­light the prob­lem of derelict and mis­man­aged land in Scot­land and draws at­ten­tion to the fact much of the coun­try­side and green space is owned by a few “ab­sent land­lords”.

It cul­mi­nates with a day of ac­tion across Scot­land on Sun­day, Au­gust 30 with peo­ple high­light­ing is­sues in their area us­ing the #Our­land hash­tag.

The Ruther­glen branch of the group are set to team up with other pro­tes­tors against the con­tro­ver­sial £21mil­lion road at 10am on the day.

Katy Louden, spokesper­son for the Ruther­glen branch of Woman for In­de­pen­dence, said: “There are folk in our group who have re­ally been in­volved in the Cathkin Re­lief Road cam­paign, so we wanted to try and tie that in with the na­tional pro­ject.

“We are sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity on this. We have con­cerns about the way the con­sul­ta­tion process has been han­dled. “There is such a groundswell of public opin­ion that doesn’t seem to be be­ing lis­tened too right now.”

The Cathkin Re­lief Road has been mooted for over 50 years. If built, it will link the Cathkin by­pass with Fern­hill Road near the junction with Croft­foot Road.

Op­po­nents say it will take away valu­able ar­eas of green space and pose a safety is­sue but the coun­cil say it will re­duce traf­fic on lo­cal residential roads, re­duce con­ges­tion at peak times and cut car­bon emis­sions.

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