We’ve done it

PIC ALAN WATSON - UDEDINGSTON, CROFTHEAD PARK - ACTION GROUP CELEBRATE SAVING PARK
PIC ALAN WATSON - UDEDINGSTON, CROFTHEAD PARK - ACTION GROUP CELEBRATE SAVING PARK

PROTESTORS have won their fight to stop a new medical centre being built on a park in Uddingston.

Partners at the village’s Lincluden Surgery this week announced that they were scrapping plans to build their new centre in Crofthead Park and have instead opted to use the site of the former medical rehabilitation unit in Bellshill Road.

And the decision has been greeted with joy and relief by members of the Save Crofthead Park Action Group, which was set up last year to fight the proposal.

Many villagers were angered last year when South Lanarkshire Council approved an application from developers to lease part of the park site for a centre to replace the existing outdated Lincluden surgery in Bellshill Road.

Opponents claimed the proposal would mean the loss of the only park in the centre of the village and said the MRU site would be a more preferable and suitable alternative.

Their campaign was given a boost last month when NHS Lanarkshire gave assurances that the site of the decomissioned MRU would not involve significant extra costs to the developers and that any potential problems regarding asbestos would be dealt with.

And the surgery has now announced it is to ask NHS Lanarkshire to make the MRU site available.

For full story see this week’s Bellshill Speaker.