Path urged

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A group ded­i­cated to mak­ing Holmshill Park a place for play, learn­ing, recre­ation and na­ture is de­mand­ing South La­nark­shire Coun­cil im­proves drainage on site.

Friends of Holmshill Park say the lo­cal au­thor­ity has failed to ad­dress re­cur­ring flood­ing on the path be­tween Ste­warton Drive and Cathkin High School.

Run­ning through the park, the path has, the friends ar­gue, been flood­ing for around two years since Cathkin High School was built. And as the path is the most di­rect route to Cathkin High for dozens of chil­dren, stu­dents have been turn­ing up for lessons soaked.

Michelle Farmer, a found­ing mem­ber of Friends of Holmhills Com­mu­nity Park, says South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s fail­ure to in­stall ap­pro­pri­ate drainage flies in the face of its own walk to school cam­paign.

“As oth­ers have said in the Re­former in re­cent weeks, there has been a con­sis­tent lack of in­vest­ment in the routes that chil­dren ac­tu­ally want to use to get to school,” Michelle said. “This path has been in a ter­ri­ble state for years. Drainage is so bad that it is im­pass­able when it rains.”

The park is in­creas­ingly used by Cathkin High School teach­ers to im­ple­ment the cur­ricu­lum for ex­cel­lence in sci­ence and PE. It has also been used by lo­cal nurs­eries as out­door learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment and as a venue by Get Walk­ing La­nark­shire.

Michelle said: “This park is used by all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, there­fore, the paths have to be in- line with the path­way stan­dards South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has set. I call on the coun­cil to ful­fil re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Blam­ing it on bud­get cuts is no an­swer. If the pub­lic money is not there, help us look for ex­ter­nal grant fund­ing or pri­vate spon­sor­ship or an­other cre­ative so­lu­tion. The com­mu­nity will pro­vide vol­un­tary sup­port.”

Stephen Kelly, head of fa­cil­i­ties, waste and ground ser­vices, said: “Many ar­eas can be sus­cep­ti­ble to wa­ter ly­ing af­ter heavy rain but this doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily re­flect a se­ri­ous flood­ing or drainage prob­lem.

“We are happy to meet with the group and dis­cuss their con­cerns.”

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