Robert Brown expresses concerns about proposed Rutherglen house building sites

21st July 2017

Commenting on the Local Plan Main Issues Report in connection with the 3 East Farm sites, Rutherglen South Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown said:

“I am unenthusiastic about these proposals. A growing population means there is a need for new housing but it is preferable if this is located on brownfield sites wherever possible.

Like many local people, I am also concerned about further erosion of the Green belt and of agricultural land around Rutherglen.

These 3 sites are substantial, catering for about 300 houses in all. The only realistic access is onto Cathkin Road which is narrow, winding and overgrown with a difficult exit at the bottom. The Report says “access from Cathkin Road is achievable” which is hardly an overwhelming recommendation. I am not convinced that cars for 300 houses coming out on to an unsuitable country road is ideal. There are already safety ssues at the junction with the Inchmurrin estate further up.

The Report points out that there are issues with services, and indeed with school capacity – and everyone knows the amount of water that pours off the Cathkin Braes in winter.

I think these sites will prove pretty controversial.”

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