Fury over the £21m stretch
Work has started on the hugely controversial Cathkin Relief Road.
Workmen moved on site on Monday, April 4, to start the £21million project.
An information event was held last Wednesday in a bid to allay local concerns.
Work on the Cathkin Relief Road got underway earlier this week.
But South Lanarkshire Council said they were “still working” on transport arrangements for school pupils going from Fernhill and Spittal to St Mark’s Primary.
The £21million road will run through woods linking the junction of Burnside Road and Cathkin Bypass with Fernhill Road near to Croftfoot Road, and has sparked a furious row, with many locals opposed to the plan.
Some parents said they were worried about how their children would get to St Mark’s when the children return to school after the spring holiday.
Gordon Mackay, head of roads and transportation at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “We are currently working at putting in place transport for pupils from the Fernhill and Spittal areas to St Mark’s Primary for the duration of the Cathkin Relief Road project.
“Communication will be sent to parents/ carers confirming arrangements shortly.”
Last week the council attempted to win over doubters by holding a public information event at St Mark’s Church, with the project team from Land Engineering answering questions from members of the public.
However the event failed to win over those against the plan.
Alan Mclennan, who has led the Cathkin Relief Road opposition group, said: “They’re trying to make the best out of what they can.
“Most people there still think that it’s a waste of money and they don’t think it’s needed.
“I think there will be a decent effort to put in the planting and green barriers, but it’s the principle of the thing.
“There were people expressing fears about pollution, that fumes will be there, but that will depend on the amount of traffic we see.
“We’ve nothing against the people there, from either the council or the developers behind it - they were very pleasant and putting on a good display in explaining things but I think the majority of people still don’t want to see it built to begin with”
Gordon Mackay said: “The purpose of the event was to provide the local community with further details of how and when the project will be delivered on the ground.
“The event was well attended, with more than 100 people attending throughout the course of the day and we would take this opportunity to thank those who came along.
“The council was happy with how the event went and hope that the information provided was useful to those who attended.
“Our contractor, Land Engineering, are committed to engaging with local residents and all other interested stakeholders throughout the delivery of the project.”
Point of view A member of the public makes his views known at a consultation event last week