Facelift on the cards for Burn Road Carluke

The burn is regularly clogged with rubbish and old vegetation
The burn is regularly clogged with rubbish and old vegetation

Residents of a road blighted by rubbish and overgrown vegetation should see an improvement soon thanks to a new maintenance regime.

It’s hoped Burn Road, in Carluke, will be transformed by regular litter clear ups, wildflowers being planted on verges, and - hopefully - controls in place to end parking problems.

The burn which gives the street its name is used by flytippers and waste ground around it is also used for tipping.

South Lanarkshire Council is now going to clear out the area, which is also the main access for the Milton Rovers ground - used for games, training and events.

The club is currently seeking planning permission for new floodlights, and residents - already concerned at litter and traffic - are worried that this will mean longer hours of use at the club. Ten of them have lodged objections, and Amanda Muncie has sent in a petition to the council.

Amanda has been “the voice for the street”, trying to get improvements, but she stressed: “Other residents in the street have their quality of life affected by the users of the park and have had for some time.”

She added she supported the work being done by the football club, but said she and her neighbours were concerned at the number of cars - 40 or 50 - regularly using the dead-end residential road for access and parking. They were also concerned at the speed of cars, despite a 20mph limit.

“This facility should not be to the detriment of the local residents and environment,” she said.

But, following a meeting with the council this week, she is more optimistic that the problems will be sorted.

A spokesperson for South Lanarkshire Council confirmed that its grounds officer had met Ms Muncie and agreed a variety of measures to address concerns.

“This will include regular litter picking and a clean out of the burn area,” she said. “The overgrown verge will also be cut back and prepared for the seeding of wildflowers.“

The council would then monitor the area and representatives from its roads and transportation services intended to meet the football club to discuss solutions to deal with the parking issues.