Mum blocks road into build­ing site

Pro­tester takes ac­tion af­ter 6.30am wake up

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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