Coun­try side con­cerns

East Kilbride News - - EAST KILBRIDE VIEW -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

I at­tended McTag­gart Con­struc­tion’s con­sul­ta­tion of the pro­posed Lang­lands West project off Auld­house Road.

Un­be­known to many of us who live near to this site, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil had ear­marked this land for de­vel­op­ment in the last Lo­cal Plan and so more green belt land is lost for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Yet again the choice of where and how we live is be­ing slowly taken away from us. I’ve noth­ing against cul de sacs but not every­one wants to live in them.

It sad­dens me that it seems the coun­try­side is now just for the priv­i­leged few; no doubt the de­vel­op­ers who get rich churn­ing up our fields then find them­selves a nice field where they can build their iso­lated palace and en­joy the coun­try­side we wanted our chil­dren to have the chance to en­joy.

What sad­dens me most is that we are not be­ing told about th­ese projects un­til it is too late. Where are the coun­cil­lors mak­ing peo­ple aware of what is go­ing on? The Lo­cal Plan is a long and com­pli­cated busi­ness and changes can go un­no­ticed.

It ap­pears it is too con­ve­nient for coun­cil­lors to hide be­hind rules and pol­icy. They may not be able to give their views but there is noth­ing to stop them an­swer­ing peo­ple’s con­cerns and ex­plain­ing what is on the cards.

Af­ter all, that is what coun­cil­lors are elected for – to serve the peo­ple.

For the peo­ple of Auld­house and the new res­i­dents of the Ben­thall Farm de­vel­op­ment it is too late and we face more houses on our doorstep.

There also ap­pears to be no con­cern of the ef­fects the project will have on the al­ready poor in­fra­struc­ture and heaven help the birds and wildlife.

More wor­ry­ing is the tim­ing of the project, just as the new Lo­cal Plan is out for con­sul­ta­tion.

It would be great if ward coun­cil­lors got some back­bone and started car­ing about and speak­ing to the com­mu­nity. We might just be­gin to trust them again.

Rebecca Hay, Auld­house

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