Anger over plans for new Mossend rail freight park

A PLAN to build a new road through greenbelt land in Bellshill which was put on hold last year has been brought forward again - and now includes a proposal for a major international railfreight park.

Local residents reacted angrily to the proposal by P D Stirling, operators of the Mossend Rail Head, to run a new road through land bordered by Carnnbroe Road to the A8.

People in the area complained that this would take heavy goods vehicles too close to their homes and following a series of meetings developers agreed to withdraw their application for planning permisison pending a rethink.

But now the proposals include an extension to the existing Mossend Railhead and the development of a rail-linked distribution park, to be accessed via a new roundabout on the upgraded A8 and a new bridge over the proposed M8 motorway.

The plans will go on show at a community consultation event in Bellshill Cultural Centre on Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm.

But residents’ group member Sharon Hailstones said: “There was concern about the original development but this is even worse in terms of its effect on the amenity of the area.”

For full story see March 20 issue of the Bellshill Speaker.