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Petition To Reconsider Project
Over 1400 people have signed a petition calling for the Cathkin Relief Road project to be scrapped. But not a single objection to the project was received when it was made part of the region’s Local Transport Strategy.
The £21million Road is set to be built on land between Fernhill and High Burnside, linking Cathkin bypass with Fernhill Road.
It is being taken forward as part of the City Deal, a joint partnership with South Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Government and the UK Government.
Campaigners held a protest event on the woodland park where the proposed route will go.
South Lanarkshire Council's head of roads and transportation, Gordon Mackay, said: “We did not receive any objections to the Cathkin Relief Road as part of either the Local Transport Strategy consultation or the previous Local Development Plan consultation.”
But protestors say the situation has changed with the opening of the M74 and called for a rethink.
Alan McLennan, of the Cathkin Relief Road Opposition Group, said: “The problem with transport and development plans is that most people are not aware of them and/or don’t understand their role in the planning process.
“When they are advertised in the press they are generally ignored due to a lack of publicity and understanding. However, when actual proposals are well publicised and properly presented to the local community, that is when people realise the implications of what is on offer and act accordingly. “
Alan claimed traffic has decreased on routes such as Fernhill Road and Blairbeth Road since a 2007 report, adding: “The statistics contained in that report cannot now be relied upon as justification to spend £21.6 million of public money on a road to nowhere.”
It is believed around 450 individual objections have also been submitted to the council since the planning application was lodged last month.
Roads chief Mr Mackay said: “Any written communication the council receives with regards the proposed Cathkin Relief Road will be considered as part of the planning application process.
“Historical traffic modeling has recently been updated as part of the scheme development.
“This work reflects the existence of the new section of the M74 and current traffic patterns and is included in the planning submission.
“The proposed road is part of the £1.13bn Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal, an agreement between the UK government, the Scottish Government and eight local authorities.”