Con­cern over spate of fires

Fern­hill res­i­dents slam youths

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Fern­hill res­i­dents have ex­pressed their con­cern af­ter a spate of fires in the scheme.

At least three fires have been spot­ted in the scheme over the past few days.

Res­i­dents took to so­cial me­dia over the week­end to re­port see­ing blazes on the site of the old Blair­beth Golf Club on Satur­day and nearby Fern­brae Av­enue on Sun­day.

On Mon­day night, an­other fire was re­ported at on old bin shed on Shiel­d­aig Drive. It is be­lieved youths are re­spon­si­ble. Mean­while, the former club­house at Blair­beth Golf Club is on sched­ule to be pulled down this month.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil this week con­firmed they were con­clud­ing checks be­fore bull­doz­ing the build­ing, which closed a year ago this week.

How­ever, no de­ci­sion has yet been made on the fu­ture of the land.

Over 100 years of his­tory came to and end on Oc­to­ber 14, 2015 when the club was forced to close un­der the weight of crip­pling debts.

Since then, the land has be­come a mag­net for anti-so­cial be­haviour, be­com­ing a den for un­der-age drink­ing and van­dal­ism.

An­nette Fin­nan, head of area ser­vices at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “The de­mo­li­tion of the former Blair­beth Golf Club build­ings re­mains on pro­gramme to start in Oc­to­ber. A con­trac­tor has been ap­pointed and pre-de­mo­li­tion checks are be­ing con­cluded.

“At this stage, no de­ci­sion has been made with re­spect to the fu­ture use of the site.”

Many lo­cals have ex­pressed their de­sire to see it re­tained as a leisure fa­cil­ity.

Com­mu­nity cam­paigner Davy O’Neil said: “Read­ing between the lines, I think it will be hous­ing.

“Even if they kept part of it as a golf fa­cil­ity, like a driv­ing range, some­thing along those lines.

“It would be great to see some­thing for the com­mu­nity.” Burn­side Com­mu­nity Coun­cil will hold their next meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 2.

Meet­ings take place in Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club at 7.30pm. All are wel­come to at­tend.

Go­ing down Blair­beth Golf Club closed a year ago this week

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