A NEW residents’ association to serve the Gardenhall community aims to play a role in the area’s imminent expansion.
A whole new district of East Kilbride will be established over the next decade on land between Gardenhall and Jackton.
An estimated 2500 new homes, a school and shopping facilities will all be built after the area was identified as a community growth zone by South Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Government.
Many residents registered objections to the proposals when they first appeared in the council’s Local Plan four years ago. However, a large number of householders only became aware of the extent of the plans when a firm called Geddes Consulting recently notified residents that outline planning permission had been registered with the council.
And this has triggered a wave of community spirit with the first meeting of the new group taking place tonight (Wednesday).
Mary McGregor is one of the residents at the forefront of the campaign. She told the News: “Although virtually nobody in Gardenhall is happy with the urbanisation of the area, most have accepted it is going to happen. Some residents only found out about the plans the other week.
“But the reality has hit home with these official letters and now it’s time for us to become organised.
“If we can’t stop the plans then our aim is to work alongside the developers to ensure our interests and opinions are taken on board.
“We have had a good response so far and hopefully the first meeting will be well attended. I would urge anyone with an interest in the area’s future to come along.”
Councillor Graham Simpson will be chairing the first meeting and he is hopeful the new residents’ group can give the area a voice.
He said: “This is a positive move for the community of Gardenhall and will not only deal with the development issues, but other local issues as time goes on.
“An organised group has more chance of having an influence than a load of separate people, so hopefully residents will get involved.”
The first meeting, where office-bearers will be elected, will be held in Mossneuk Primary School between 7pm and 9pm. All residents are welcome.