Mum blocks road into building site
Protester takes action after 6.30am wake up
A working mother demented by construction work starting as early as 6.30am near her Cambuslang home brought the development to a stand still when she blocked access to the site.
Arlene Blaber was woken by work on Scottish Water’s new sewer network at Glenside Drive before the 8am agreed start time for a fourth time on Monday, March 21.
Enraged by the 6.30am wake-up call, the mother of three took her two family cars and used one to block access to the site and the other to halt traffic on Glenside Drive.
Wi t h n o access work came to a halt, as the contractors were attempting to remove one large digger from the site and guide in another large piece of machinery.
Arlene told the Reformer she was compelled to do something drastic as previous complaints about noise and unreasonably early starts had gone unnoticed.
She said: “On February 21 and on March 1 they started very early. They were turning up on site before 7am so I complained and they assured me that it would never happen again. It was only three weeks since that complaint went in. On Saturday they turned up at 8am, on Sunday at 8.45am and on Monday at 6.30am. So I ran my car right into their railings and parked our other car up the road blocking access to Glenside Drive.
“I complained four times in a 21-day period and I have complaint references for each of them. They were indifferent to all of them until they couldn’t get into the site.”
With no one going anywhere, a Scottish Water chief was called in and convinced Arlene her concerns about noise, dust and early starts had been taken on board.
She moved her cars that afternoon.
A spokesman for Scottish Water said: “On Monday morning, a subcontractor arrived at the site early to change equipment ahead of the start of the planned shift at 8am. We recognise that this has caused some disruption, and that there have been a small number of other occasions where activity has been taking place in the area earlier than normal. On a previous occasion we were responding to an issue with a valve nearby, which resulted in a leak from a drinking water pipe and we were required to fix this as quickly as possible.
“As this important project for the local area progresses, we will continue to monitor construction activity and have reminded those working on the project of the agreed start and finish times.
“We visited the customer who raised the issue with us, and apologised for the inconvenience caused. We are grateful to the community for their patience and understanding as this vital project progresses.”
The work at Glenside Drive is part of a £3million upgrade of the local waste water network to help reduce the risk of flooding in the area.
Water carry on Arlene Blaber has taken a stand