A year of hell for residents
Anger over littered path and parking
Rutherglen residents have slammed an energy supplier for causing a year’s worth of problems for their neighbourhood.
They say the E.ON site is not only an eyesore for the homeowners of Cathcart Road and Brownsdale Road but workers and their vehicles have been regularly causing chaos.
Contractors have been based on site for over a year according to residents and have been completing the insulation works to 608 homes in Toryglen.
But the behaviour of workmen and traffic issues has led to complaints from locals who feel they should have been consulted before E.ON, who also work in cooperation with Thistle Housing Association, took over the site.
Cathcart Road resident Mary Kennedy, 62, was saddened to see the Cathkin Laundry building, which used to be situated on the plot of land, demolished.
She has now became increasingly frustrated with Eon’s product waste which overflows onto public paths and when pedestrians are forced to walk on the road due to the volume of vehicles that are bumped up onto the pavement.
Mary, who even watched one worker litter in her own front garden, said enough was enough: “They have no respect. They come here and park their cars, litter the place, and there’s loud music, shouting and screaming.
“I think it degrades our neighbourhood terribly. If you go round the corner you will see the way they keep that yard. The rubbish is spilling onto the path.
“It’s an eyesore, a tinderbox waiting to happen. It’s dangerous and it brings the neighbourhood down. It’s always been a decent area.”
The site originally housed the Cathkin Laundry and the building was demolished in 2013.
Councillors on South Lanarkshire Council’s estates committee approved plans to buy the site from Giffen and Bissett Limited in October 2011, to demolish the old buildings to make way for industrial development.
Council officers at the time said the site would be: “remediated for further industrial development aimed at promoting economic activity and job creation.”
But since the site was taken over, residents have had nothing but problems with workers on site.
One woman, who stays on Brownsdale Road, added: “This just appeared and nobody told us.
“It’s a total mess. All the way up the path, if someone put a match to it, it would all go up in flames.
“There is articulated lorries up the road. You couldn’t walk up the road.
“Nobody has apologised to us as residents. It’s been a nightmare.”
An E.ON spokesman said their contractors took ‘great pains’ to keep the site and surrounding areas clean and tidy.
He added: “We are sorry that external wall improvement works in the area have caused disruption to some residents as we look to complete the insulation works to 608 homes in Toryglen over the next few months.
“Our vans do need to visit site to collect materials but they do not park outside the compound in order to avoid congestion and disruption nearby.
“We appreciate it can be very difficult to live in an environment where construction works are being carried out and we are grateful for the support of local people in delivering this project which will provide long term benefits for the area including the reduction of fuel poverty and carbon emissions.”