A year of hell for res­i­dents

Anger over lit­tered path and park­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Your Vote Matters - Mur­ray Spooner

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.”


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