Objectors meet firm over A8 link scheme

OBJECTORS to a proposed new access road linking Mossend Rail Head with the A8 this week met with the firm behind the plan to discuss their concerns.

Transportation firm and Rail Head operators P D Stirling has applied to North Lanarkshire Council for planning permission to build the new road to improve access to the motorway network.

But over 370 representations, almost all of them objecting, have been lodged with the council with Bellshill Community Council among the latest added to the list.

Most objections centre around the route of the proposed road which would not only cut across greenbelt land but also bring heavy goods vehicle traffic close to residential properties in the Hattonrigg area.

As a result of the concerns local councillor Harry McGuigan arranged a meeting between a residents’ committee and the firm which was due to take place on Tuesday.

He said: “The residents want to know why this particular pathway has been chosen, what the frequency of vehicles will be, what effects there will be on the ecology of the area, carbon emissions and so on.

“I think this application has been poorly handled. The sensible approach would have been to involve the residents of the area as early as possible to address any anxieties or concerns they may have and this clearly has not happened.

“By having this meeting the residents can make sure that their objections are informative ones.”

MASSIVE

Meanwhile community council secretary Duncan McLeod said the proposal, which also includes the construction of a bridge over the new M8 extension, a gate house and a car park, would have a massive detrimental impact on local residents.

And he also said not enough information had been given during the notification process, claiming that the full repercussions had only become apparent once the issue was highlighted in the Bellshill Speaker.

He said: “What is being proposed is horrendous. I have no objection to the road itself and the idea of linking Mossend Railhead with the M8.

“But instead of taking a direct route, which although cutting across greenbelt land would not have affected many people, they are proposing to take a circuitous route which will bring the road, and its traffic, far too close to the backs of people’s homes.

“When we first received notification of this one there was very little detail. It was only when the issue was highlighted in the Bellshill Speaker that we realised the full implications.”

The application is likely to go before the council’s planning committee next month but is almost certain to be continued for a site visit and hearing in view of the large number of objectors.