We don’t need more traffic on this road

Protestors get across their message in Sherry Avenue.

Protestors get across their message in Sherry Avenue.

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Holytown residents protesting about plans for a new road are making sure their message gets across.

They were joined by Central Scotland MSP Graham Simpson in Sherry Avenue, a street they fear will be hit badly if the scheme goes ahead.

The campaigners have also put up two more banners in the centre of the village to drum up support.

Plans for a road linking Holytown with the Eurocentral industrial area were revealed earlier this year. The project would be funded by Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal which promotes economic growth.

Officials say the link would improve access to Eurocentral and take traffic away from Holytown, but protestors claim drivers would use Sherry Avenue as a ‘rat run’ in order to avoid traffic lights and congestion in Main Street.

Holytown Says No has already handed 1,400 protest letters to North Lanarkshire Council and has enlisted the support of politicians including MSP Richard Lyle who met City Deal officials to emphasise the opposition to the project.

Results of environmental assessments are expected to be made known at a council local area meeting in November. Campaigners are asking for this meeting to be held in Holytown.

And, with a planning application not expected to be lodged for some time, residents who haven’t yet registered their concerns are being urged to do so.