M74 im­pact in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Three years of re­search

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

The im­pact of the M74 ex­ten­sion on Ruther­glen com­mu­ni­ties will be re­vealed next month.

A three-year study is ex­pected to re­port its find­ings next month.

Claims the M74 ex­ten­sion would iso­late com­mu­ni­ties and dam­age peo­ple’s health and well­be­ing will be proven true or false when the ini­tial find­ings of a three-year study are re­vealed next month.

The Glas­gow Cen­tre for Pub­lic Health have con­firmed the re­sults of their re­search into the per­ma­nent ef­fects of the M74 ex­ten­sion will be re­vealed on the eve of the fifth an­niver­sary of the five-mile stretch of road open­ing this sum­mer.

The cen­tre, in part­ner­ship with sev­eral pub­lic agen­cies, launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the road’s im­pact in a bid to find out if the “very se­ri­ous and un­de­sir­able re­sults” pre­dicted for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in the 2004 pub­lic in­quiry have come to fruition.

It has looked at Ruther­glen res­i­dents’ travel be­hav­iour, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, their per­cep­tions of their neigh­bour­hood en­vi­ron­ment and road traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

For two years re­searchers sur­veyed peo­ple liv­ing close to the new mo­tor­way, mon­i­tored some res­i­dents’ac­tiv­ity pat­terns, com­pleted face-to-face in­ter­views and doc­u­mented phys­i­cal changes in the area.

With ini­tial find­ings of the study now ready, re­searchers are hop­ing Ruther­glen peo­ple will help them un­der­stand the re­sults more fully and put their find­ings into the con­text of their daily lives.

Fiona Craw­ford, a con­sul­tant in pub­lic health and one of the lead re­searchers at the Glas­gow Cen­tre for Pop­u­la­tion Health, said she was look­ing for­ward to speak­ing to Ruther­glen res­i­dents at the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment event on May 10.

She said:“We are very keen to shine a light on what the ev­i­dence is around the im­pact of the M74 and to share our ini­tial find­ings with lo­cal peo­ple who live and work in the area, so they are in­volved and they can help us make sense of the find­ings so far.

“At the re­cent feed­back event in Ruther­glen Shop­ping Cen­tre our re­searchers got some re­ally help­ful com­ments.”

The big­gest change to the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment in Ruther­glen in a gen­er­a­tion, Fiona said the M74 study will be cru­cial to in­form­ing and in­flu­enc­ing fu­ture de­ci­sion­mak­ers on whether or not to pro­ceed with other ma­jor projects that are sim­i­lar in na­ture.

The ini­tial find­ings on the M74 will be dis­cussed on May 10 at The Light­house, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glas­gow. To book a place email carol.frame@glas­gow.ac.uk.

A fi­nal re­port will then be sub­mit­ted to the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Health Re­search in July.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.