Busi­ness slams Main Street clo­sure

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A busi­ness owner on Cam­bus­lang Main Street has crit­i­cised South La­nark­shire Coun­cil for not con­sult­ing them over a fu­ture clo­sure of the street.

The road’s east­bound car­riage­way will be shut to traf­fic be­tween Bridge Street and Green­lees Road from Fri­day, May 26, un­til Wed­nes­day, May 31.

This is to al­low a gas con­nec­tion to be made to a busi­ness.

But An­ge­line Coyle, who owns the Tea Bay cafe, reck­ons it will have an af­fect on busi­nesses even on the other side of the road. She said:“This will cause con­ges­tion and it will put peo­ple off driv­ing through the Main Street.

“I re­ally ob­ject to this and I’ve ex­pressed my con­cerns.

“They had not told us about it. We had to read about it in the Re­former, there was no con­sul­ta­tion.

“But it seems to be a done deal. It’s clos­ing for five days and that’s that.

“The coun­cil seems to do what it wants, they don’t care about ex­ist­ing busi­nesses.”

It is un­der­stood the gas main will serve a Domi­nos pizza shop that is open­ing on the Main Street.

Coun­cils are re­quired by law to al­low road closures for util­i­ties work.

Gor­don Mackay, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s head of roads and trans­porta­tion, said: “We un­der­stand this work is re­quired in or­der to pro­vide a mains gas con­nec­tion to a new busi­ness and we are obliged by leg­is­la­tion to fa­cil­i­tate the road clo­sure.

“It should be noted that only the east­bound car­riage­way will re­quire to be closed and ac­cess to shops, prop­er­ties, and park­ing on the west side of Cam­bus­lang Main Street will be main­tained through­out.

“Park­ing for prop­er­ties fronting the east­bound car­riage­way is to the rear of the build­ings with ac­cess from Allison Street and will not be af­fected.

“The planned clo­sure is be­ing ad­ver­tised in lo­cal me­dia and no­ti­fi­ca­tion let­ters are due to be is­sued.”

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