For immediate release:


Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey and Councillor Janine Calikes (Rutherglen Central and North ward) have welcomed news that an application for a waste facility on Cathcart Road has been withdrawn.

In August of last year, South Lanarkshire Council’s ground services had submitted a planning application to create a dump for construction and parks waste in the Burnhill area.

The proposal sought to change the use of the land from industrial to waste, and included a plan to install two concrete pads where containers can be positioned.

During the planning stage, over 130 local residents formally objected to the plans.

In a letter to the elected representatives, both of whom submitted formal objections against the facility, it confirmed that South Lanarkshire Council has now with withdrawn the current proposal and therefore no further processing of the existing application will take place.

Commenting, Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey said:

“I am delighted that the proposal for this waste facility has been dropped. As I outlined in my objection letter to the council, I had a number of concerns about security, safety, loitering and sanitation.

“The local community really rallied against the plans, and I know from the constituents I have spoken with that they will be very relieved at the news.

“I understand that locals may still be concerned that an application could be re-submitted in the future. Rest assured, if this ever were to be the case, I’d continue to oppose such plans.”

Cllr Janine Calikes added:

“This is a major win for the local community who were steadfast in their opposition to the waste facility. Like many constituents, I felt the application was totally inconsistent with the residential area surrounding the site.

“Any attempt to bring forward a similar proposal in the future will be met with the same strong local opposition.”

With the proposal being withdrawn, if the applicant wishes to submit a new application, then neighbours will once more be required to be notified, and, if necessary, the proposal will be advertised in local press.


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