About turn

Carnbroe Road, Bellshill. Pic of residents opposed to new A8 link road.
Carnbroe Road, Bellshill. Pic of residents opposed to new A8 link road.
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A GROUP of Bellshill residents opposed to a plan to build a new motorway link road across greenbelt land near their homes have forced the firm behind the scheme into a u-turn.

Members of a committee set up by the objectors met representatives of Mossend Rail Head operators P D Stirling last week to discuss the firm’s application to North Lanarkshire Council for planning permission to build the new road linking the facility with the A8.

And both Bellshill councillor Harry McGuigan, who arranged the meeting, and local MSP Michael McMahon, said they had been assured the firm would now withdraw the application in its current form because of residents’ fears.

Most of the 370-plus objections centred around the route of the proposed road and the impact it would have in bringing an estimated 600 heavy goods vehicles a day close to their homes.

Now the firm will look at a road which would access Mossend Railhead from the opposite direction, using the roundabout and junctions within the nearby Eurocentral complex, which would negate the need to route access across the greenbelt land.

For full story see January 19 edition of Bellshill Speaker.