Proposals could cause havoc in area
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