Work worry

Pro­pos­als could cause havoc in area

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

Burn­side Com­mu­nity Coun­cil say they have ma­jor con­cerns over planned Scot­tish Wa­ter works in the area.

They fear the 11-month project could cause traf­fic prob­lems and af­fect green ar­eas in Stonelaw Woods and Wood­burn Park.

Burn­side Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has raised con­cerns about Scot­tish Wa­ter’s pro­posed new sewage sys­tem in the area.

The new scheme in­volves build­ing ground storm wa­ter sewage at Stonelaw Woods and a new storm wa­ter over­flow cham­ber at Wood­burn Park, with work tak­ing place over an 11 month pe­riod.

Last week’s com­mu­nity coun­cil meet­ing saw sev­eral con­cerns men­tioned, in­clud­ing the im­pact on traf­fic, whether it would cause limited vis­i­bil­ity for on­com­ing traf­fic on Stonelaw Road, whether the pedes­trian gate­way at the site would dis­ap­pear as a re­sult, and the fact that the new pro­posed en­try point would be 10 me­tres wide.

Those con­cerns came from the com­mu­nity coun­cil them­selves and from let­ters re­ceived over the mat­ter.

Com­mu­nity Coun­cil chair Jim Neil said: “Ve­hi­cle ac­cess would be di­rectly into Stonelaw Woods off Stonelaw Road, which means open­ing up the bends there.

“There could be neg­a­tive ef­fects on the amenity there, as it is the site of our gala day and we re­ally wouldn’t like to see the site ren­dered ugly or un­us­able for that purpose. There re­ally isn’t an al­ter­na­tive to the site for the gala day there, and we would hate for it to be­come un­us­able.

“Stonelaw Road is a busy cat­e­gory A road and while ac­cess would be per­mit­ted on a quar­terly ba­sis, there could be limited vis­i­bil­ity for on­com­ing traf­fic.

“It also does not ap­pear to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the ex­ist­ing bus stop and lamp post.

“The pedes­trian gate­way would seem to dis­ap­pear, while a 10 me­tre wide open­ing for ve­hi­cles to get through would ap­pear, and why it needs to be on that scale I have no idea.”

One lo­cal at the meet­ing added: “There is talk of re­in­forced grass paving, and there is no doubt that doesn’t look re­motely like a grass area.”

An­other con­cern was how open­ing and clos­ing the gates to the site would be man­aged, and whether the gateposts would match the ex­ist­ing fenc­ing there.

A Scot­tish Wa­ter spokesman 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 are li­ais­ing with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and they have ap­proved all traf­fic man­age­ment pro­pos­als in re­la­tion to our work.

“Ev­ery ef­fort will be made to min­imise any im­pact or in­con­ve­nience caused by the road traf­fic man­age­ment that will be re­quired.”

Ev­ery ef­fort will be made to min­imise any im­pact

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