Cairn anger

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A hous­ing de­vel­oper has been ac­cused of dis­re­spect­ing those who gave their lives in both world wars.

Res­i­dents liv­ing near the com­mem­o­ra­tive cairn on Gil­bert­field Road have been left fum­ing at the mess round the cairn ap­par­ently left by Dun­das Es­tates.

A hous­ing de­vel­oper has been ac­cused of dis­re­spect­ing those who gave their lives in both world wars.

Res­i­dents liv­ing near the com­mem­o­ra­tive cairn on Gil­bert­field Road have been left fum­ing at the mess round the me­mo­rial ap­par­ently left by Dun­das Es­tates.

Ve­hi­cles en­ter their Gil­bert­field View site just yards away, with trucks leav­ing the road like a mud­bath and stones around the cairn site knocked over.

The is­sue was raised at a meet­ing of Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil last week. Chair of the group, John Edgar, is now wor­ried the land won’t be cleaned up in time for the Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony held at the cairn.

He said: “You would hope they would tidy it up and even put a fence around it to stop ve­hi­cles en­croach­ing on it.

“There’s been three changes of man­age­ment on the site since they started there. Ev­ery time they as­sure us they won’t leave a mess and they do The com­mon stones were put in place so this kind of thing didn’t hap­pen.

“This is a war me­mo­rial to com­mem­o­rate the peo­ple who walked from Dech­mont to New­ton station, some of who never re­turned again. It’s to­tal dis­re­spect. “We fought hard for that cairn.” Coun­cil­lor Walter Bro­gan de­scribed the state of Gil­bert­field Road as “ter­ri­ble”.

He added: “We need to make sure they are pro­tect­ing the road. It’s not ac­cept­able, par­tic­u­larly as John was given as­sur­ances this would not hap­pen.

“We have the Re­mem­brance ser­vice com­ing up shortly and the road is an ab­so­lute mess.”

Coun­cil­lor Bro­gan said he hoped to meet with Dun­das to dis­cuss the is­sue soon, es­pe­cially as Gil­bert­field Road will be used by buses tak­ing Hall­side pupils to the de­cant fa­cil­ity at Cairns.

The cairn was un­veiled in 2013. It is in honour of the many sol­diers who marched down Gil­bert­field Road to­ward New­ton Train Station be­fore they headed for the front.

A Dun­das Es­tates spokes­woman said: “Dun­das is a re­spon­si­ble de­vel­oper and takes great pride in work­ing with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in en­sur­ing the best out­comes on any new de­vel­op­ment.

“No one at a se­nior level is aware of any meet­ing with the com­mu­nity coun­cil in re­la­tion to the war me­mo­rial, nor are we aware of any dam­age to the me­mo­rial or its re­lated grounds.

“How­ever, we fully re­spect the im­por­tance and pur­pose of the me­mo­rial and we un­der­stand that the main­te­nance to the area sur­round­ing the me­mo­rial has ceased in re­cent months.

“While we were un­aware of who was re­spon­si­ble for th­ese main­te­nance works, we will work with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to en­sure that this un­wit­ting ne­glect is reme­died and that the area is re­in­stated and ti­died by Dun­das in the very near fu­ture.”

Dis­re­spect John Edgar (left) and Coun­cil­lor Walter Bro­gan are un­happy at the mess left around the cairn

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