Demolition starts at Burnhill centre
An investigation into whether chromium is present on the site of the former Burnhill Sports Centre will not be completed in the immediate future.
The council said investigations would not be completed until a use for the site had been identified.
An investigation into whether or not chromium is present on the site of the former Burnhill Sports Centre will not be completed in the immediate future.
South Lanarkshire Council said this week that the costly investigations would not be completed until a permanent use for the site had been identified.
The local authority spoke about the potential presence of the harmful chemical as the demolition of the sports centre enters its final week.
Chromium VI is largely suspected to be present on the site because of its proximity to where the old Whites Chemical Factory was positioned.
Often used as a catalyst in the chemical manufacturing industry, Chromium VI is extremely harmful to humans and can cause illnesses such as lung cancer to people who are repeatedly exposed to it.
Daniel Lowe, executive director of housing and technical resources at the council, said: “We can confirm that the demolition of Burnhill Sports Centre began on July 24 and is expected to be completed by the week commencing August 21. The demolition will not include the displacement of foundations which will remain in place.
“There are currently no proposals for the future use of this site and we are not actively marketing it.
“We would not initiate any detailed investigation of the site until we have a clearer indication about its preferred use.”
Kim Jackson is a member of Burnhill Action Group which fought to save the sports centre as a community facility.
She said the group remained committed to creating a hub for Burnhill should that remain the wish of the local people.
She said: “We worked up a funding application that came in at about £1.2million to knock it down and put something in its place. But we couldn’t get all our ducks in a row in time and we took a step back.
“We would need to do an options survey and that would be one of the options, but there is no point in us doing that if it’s not something that they would support. We would ask people to come to our AGM and let us know their views. The action group are willing to go forward with an application but we need the people of Burnhill on our side to do that.”
A South Lanarkshire Council report published last year revealed it would cost £24 million to rid Shawfield of chromium VI.
New data revealed the harmful chemical is five times greater in the area west of Glasgow Road, which housed the chemical factory, than the old industrial land to the east.
While a portion of the site - the new Shawfield Industrial Estate was relieved of chromium VI in 2014, the South Croft Road area is set to be relieved of the chemical in the next two to three years in a programme of works led by Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company. The Scottish Government provided £936,000 through the 2016 Vacant and Derelict Land Fund to kick-start the work.
Keep out The message is clear because the material is highly toxic