Sewer work

Mo­torists fear 11 months of chaos

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

A project to im­prove sewage works in Ruther­glen could see 11 months of dis­rup­tion for res­i­dents.

Pro­posed by Scot­tish Wa­ter, the scheme in­cludes build­ing ground storm wa­ter stor­age at Stonelaw Woods and a new storm wa­ter over­flow cham­ber at Wood­burn Park.

A project to im­prove sewage works in Ruther­glen could see 11 months of dis­rup­tion for res­i­dents.

Pro­posed by Scot­tish Wa­ter, the scheme in­cludes build­ing ground storm wa­ter stor­age at Stonelaw Woods and a new storm wa­ter over­flow cham­ber at Wood­burn Park.

The util­i­ties com­pany has sub­mit­ted plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions for both builds to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

But res­i­dents have al­ready ex­pressed con­cerns about the im­pact on traf­fic flow on sev­eral streets in the Stonelaw and Burn­side ar­eas of Ruther­glen.

Dou­glas Eas­ton, of Craw­furd Road, said he feared the work would see even more road clo­sures and travel chaos in the town. “It’s our worst night­mare,” he said. “The A749 Stonelaw Road is a ma­jor trunk road from East Kil­bride through Burn­side, north to Ruther­glen Cross and as such ex­pe­ri­ences heavy traf­fic flows most of the day, par­tic­u­larly the morn­ing and evening peak pe­ri­ods.

“The only ref­er­ence to traf­fic man­age­ment is a vague state­ment re­fer­ring to ap­pro­pri­ate traf­fic sig­nals and sig­nage in the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion’s sup­port­ing state­ment, un­der the sec­tion re­lat­ing to plan­ning is­sues.”

Ali­son Black, sec­re­tary of Burn­side Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said the group had not yet re­ceived for­mal no­tice of the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions, but would look closely at its po­ten­tial to cause havoc on lo­cal roads.

She said: “Our next meet­ing is a week to­day and I will gather the in­for­ma­tion to­gether for dis­cus­sion then.

“Our chair­man will write a let­ter in re­sponse ex­press­ing any con­cerns or wor­ries that we might have about traf­fic, road works and clo­sures.

“There have been a lot of road clo­sures and di­ver­sions, with the new road and Cam­bus­lang Road, fil­ter­ing into Burn­side, so we will cer­tainly dis­cuss it and for­malise our re­sponse on the is­sue.”

Scot­tish Wa­ter say the con­struc­tion of a new CSO cham­ber at Wood­side Park and be­low ground stor­age at Stonelaw Woods would ad­dress aes­thetic fail­ings and re­duce in­ter­nal sewer flood­ing in­ci­dents.

A spokesman for the com­pany said: “Scot­tish Wa­ter has sub­mit­ted plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil in re­la­tion to pro­posed in­vest­ment in im­prove­ments to its waste wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture in Ruther­glen to ad­dress flood­ing is­sues.

“De­tails of the planned in­vest­ment will be given in due course, sub­ject to plan­ning ap­proval and fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the projects.

“We can also give an as­sur­ance that ev­ery ef­fort will be made to min­imise any im­pact on the parks and any in­con­ve­nience caused by road traf­fic man­age­ment that will be re­quired.”

Night­mareDou­glas Eas­ton is con­cerned the works could lead to more road clo­sures

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