Day of action over Relief Road
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.