Res­i­dents tell builders hands off our green belt

Ru­glo­ni­ans not in favour of pro­pos­als

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

As developers pro­pose us­ing more green belt land for hous­ing, the Re­former asked lo­cals if they were wor­ried about the ero­sion of green space in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Tak­ing to the streets on Wed­nes­day, most peo­ple said they were op­posed to more house build­ing in the coun­try­side.

They spoke out after the Re­former re­vealed developers have asked South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to con­sider chang­ing the use of land from agri­cul­tural to res­i­den­tial at West­burn and East Farm.

An­drea Cowan, who cam­paigned against the Cathkin Re­lief Road be­cause of the loss of green space, said: “It’s some­thing I am against. Builders are con­stantly spread­ing into these ar­eas and there’s nowhere for kids to run and play. We are miss­ing our green space ter­ri­bly at the re­lief road.”

Ann McColl agreed: “I’d say it’s im­por­tant to keep some of our green space. There’s a lot of pri­vate build­ing go­ing on.”

Kevin West­worth said: “I’m con­cerned be­cause there isn’t much green belt around. They killed it by sell­ing it for houses across from Kirkhill Golf Club. I come from the Lake District, I lived in a vil­lage and they have done ex­actly that when a per­son de­cided to build on it and it’s too late for lo­cal res­i­dents to fight it.”

But Wil­liam MacIn­tyre said: “The need for hous­ing is re­ally im­por­tant. It doesn’t con­cern me at all.”

Builders are spread­ing into these ar­eas and there;s nowhere left for kids to play

An­drea Cowan

Pro­tect what is left Kevin West­worth

Need for hous­ing Wil­liam MacIn­tyre

Cam­paigner An­drea Cowan

Con­cerned Ann McColl

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