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SLC Deny Work Has Started


17/04/15


South Lanarkshire Council have rejected claims they have covertly started preparing the ground for the proposed Cathkin Relief Road.

Suspicious residents on Larchfield Drive said workers were cutting back tress and shrubs on the site. Despite being told the work was to clear-up litter, the residents were unconvinced with the explanation.


“I have lived here for 18 years and I’ve never seen anyone come round to clean up litter in the bushes, in fact, I’ve had to do it myself.

“You don’t cut down shrubs and trees to clear up litter.



Head of Roads and Transportation, Gordon Mackay, said the council had carried out the work after being contacted about the litter in the area.

He said: “The work being carried out in the Larchfield Drive area was a general tidy up, litter clearing and fly tipping removal.

“It was carried out after discussions with some local residents and is intended as a general spring clean of the area.

“The works are not related to the proposed new road.”

Mr Mackay also confirmed no planning application had been submitted for the project.


Dozens of residents living near the proposed route held a meeting to highlight their opposition. Among them was Tony Welsh, whose Larchfield Drive home is right across from where the works were taking place.

He remains sceptical of the council’s explanation: “I have lived here for 18 years and I’ve never seen anyone come round to clean up litter in the bushes, in fact, I’ve had to do it myself.

“You don’t cut down shrubs and trees to clear up litter.

“This road is just official vandalism. This work is to do with the new road.”

Tony’s wife, Avril, added: “The local primary school, St Mark’s, used the area to release their fish into the Clyde and many of the nurseries use that land as a safe place to walk the children.

“The council are all very high-profile when it’s good things that are happening, but they’ve been very quiet on this.”


The controversial Cathkin Relief Road will link Cathkin bypass with Fernhill Road near the junction with Croftfoot Road at a cost of £21million. It has been mooted for over five decades and forms part of the council’s long-term transport strategy.