MSP will write to Holy­rood over Re­lief Road row

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Bob Doris MSP says it is “un­clear” if the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment can stop the con­tro­ver­sial Cathkin Re­lief Road.

The SNP mem­ber for Glas­gow is an op­po­nent of the road, and vowed to write to the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment to draw at­ten­tion to the views of con­stituents.

But de­spite be­ing a part­ner in the City Deal which is fund­ing the £ 21mil­lion pro­ject, he said: “It is un­clear whether the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has the power to with­draw fund­ing for in­di­vid­ual projects with­out reper­cus­sions, par­tic­u­larly at this stage where plan­ning per­mis­sion has been granted. Do­ing so would un­der­mine the man­date Sou t h La­nark­shire Coun­cil have to de­cide on lo­cal pri­or­i­ties for their area.

“Ul­ti­mately it is the vot­ers who will judge South La­nark­shire Coun­cil on their han­dling of this.

“I do, how­ever, in­tend to write to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to draw their at­ten­tion to the views which con­stituents have ex­pressed to me, and to seek clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the wider process of de­vel­op­ing the strate­gic pri­or­i­ties for the City Deal.”

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