Park boost

Coun­cil of­fers pro­tec­tion af­ter sell­ing land to neigh­bours

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park in Cam­bus­lang could en­joy more pro­tec­tion from de­vel­op­ment if a new pro­posal gets the go-ahead.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil want to make the fa­cil­ity a lo­cal na­ture re­serve.

The much-loved Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park could en­joy more pro­tec­tion from de­vel­op­ment if a new pro­posal gets the go ahead.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil – which last year sold off part of the park to neigh­bour­ing house­holds – is propos­ing to make the fa­cil­ity a lo­cal na­ture re­serve.

Run­ning from Green­lees Road to Lan­glea Drive, Holmhills Park is an im­por­tant part of the green space in Cam­bus­lang.

It in­cludes Holmhills Wood, wild­flower mead­ows, a pond, sports pitches and pro­vides an out­door learn­ing space for Cathkin and Ruther­glen high schools.

The park is one of 14 green spa­ces in the county which are un­der re­view as part of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s Main Is­sues Re­port – a pre­lim­i­nary re­port cre­ated as part of the lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan.

The pro­posal states: “Lo­cal na­ture re­serves will en­able the coun­cil to demon­strate its duty to fur­ther the con­ser­va­tion of bio­di­ver­sity.

“A lo­cal na­ture re­serve is a place where peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments close to home which can be man­aged in part­ner­ship with com­mu­ni­ties.

“A net­work of lo­cal na­ture re­serves, close to ma­jor set­tle­ments, will also con­trib­ute to the wider out­comes as­so­ci­ated with sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties, health and well­be­ing and out­door learn­ing.”

The move has been wel­comed by Friends of Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park, who last year were en­raged by the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to sell off part of the park to nearby house­holds look­ing to cre­ate larger gar­dens.

Hi­lary Pa­ton, of the vol­un­teer group set up to im­prove the state of the park, said: “We have not seen the full de­tails as yet, but we will con­sider it at our forth­com­ing meet­ing on May 4.

“We would hope that any of­fi­cial des­ig­na­tion as a lo­cal na­ture re­serve can only be a good thing if it of­fers more pro­tec­tion for Holmhills Park.”

In another move to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and wildlife, the coun­cil is also con­sid­er­ing iden­ti­fy­ing some ar­eas as lo­cal na­ture con­ser­va­tion sites.

This des­ig­na­tion aims to give pro­tec­tion to lo­cal wildlife and bio­di­ver­sity.

It in­cludes a 3.9hectare site sit­u­ated off West­burn Road, be­tween West­burn ceme­tery and Cam­bus­lang Golf Course.

The re­ports states: “The coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of lo­cal con­ser­va­tion na­ture sites to give a level of pro­tec­tion to lo­cally im­por­tant sites for wildlife and bio­di­ver­sity.

“Due to the size of South La­nark­shire it is pro­posed that this be un­der­taken in phases with pri­or­ity given to the green­belt around set­tle­ments as this is where there is great­est de­vel­op­ment pres­sure.”

Friends of Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park al­ways wel­come new mem­bers. For more in­for­ma­tion see the group’s Face­book page.

Re­source Holmhills Park has be­come a valu­able com­mu­nity re­source in Cam­bus­lang

Hope Friends of Holmhills Park’s Hi­lary Pa­ton, seen here en­joy­ing a walk in the park with kids Mir­ren and Struan, hopes a re­des­ig­na­tion will pro­tect the park

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