Campaigners take case straight to the council

Campaigners hand in letters against new road planned from Holytown to Eurocentral
Campaigners hand in letters against new road planned from Holytown to Eurocentral

Campaigners against the M8/Holytown Link Road handed in nearly 1,400 individual letters to North Lanarkshire Council’s today (Tuesday).

Local residents are questioning why a new roundabout and road to the Eurocentral business and industrial area is needed.

The road will run from Eurocentral to Holytown Road, just before it becomes Main Street, at the junction with Sherry Avenue.

Officials believe it will mean fewer vehicles using Main Street as the access to Eurocentral at present is off the Chapelhall road at the far end of Holytown, but this has been dismissed by the Holytown Says No campaign.

After the plans went on public display last month campaigners mobilised holding public meetings and going door to door to gain support.

They travelled to Cumbernauld to hand in the letters directly to the roads department.

Holytown Says No chairman Pat Clarke said: “The committee against what has been termed the ‘missing link’ road is delighted to be handing in 1,391 individual letters protesting against the proposed road.

“The number of letters gathered in such a relatively short space of time goes some way to indicate the strength of feeling against this proposals do the 360 members who have joined our Facebook page at NO to the M8/Holytown Link Road and the increasing number who are following us on Twitter @holytownsaysno.

“Residents of Holytown, Mossend and New Stevenston recognise the dangers to health and safety with the substantial increase in traffic will bring to our villages and to our children.

“We are grateful that our campaign has been publicly supported by Richard Lyle MSP and Neil Gray MP, and would welcome additional support from other elected representatives in our area.

“The response to the campaign thus far has been excellent, but there must be no reduction in effort during what remains of the 12-week consultation period.

“We ask that everyone contact their elected representative and the City Deal Team by e-mail to make their feelings known.

“Our voices must be heard, and if we all join together there will be no “missing link”!”

Mossend and Holytown councillor David Baird was also in Cumbernauld to hand he letters he had personally received from residents about the matter.

With around six weeks of the consultation period left Holytown says No is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, July 12, in Holytown Community Centre at 7pm, with Mr Lyle set to attend.