Road start

Fury over the £21m stretch

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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