Questions over sewer tunnel plan

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A CONSULTATION on Scottish Water’s £100 million Shieldhall Tunnel project has been launched — but southsiders are concerned about a lack of information.

As reported in The Extra, the 3.1 mile waste water tunnel is to run between Queen’s Park and Craigton industrial estate via Pollok and Bellahouston 
parks.

The aim is to resolve water quality and flooding issues in Mount Florida and Giffnock — and news of the project was welcomed in East Renfrewshire after years of flooding misery for Robslee residents.

However, for the Friends of Queens Park (FQP) group, there are questions as to how the sewer tunnel — large enough to fit a double decker bus — will affect the area.

Founder Tony Halifax told The Extra: “People are puzzled, as it seems that Scottish Water has made the decision and only then gone to consultation — so it’s unclear as to what we’re being consulted about.

“Nobody knew about it before the announcement was made, and as a result we don’t know whether there’s any room to change it if the public does have a problem with it.”

Shawlands and Strathbungo commmunity council chair Tony will raise the issue at the next meeting — but already, members of the FQP Facebook page have expressed 
concerns.

He added: “Our concern is the environmental impact, whether that’s to the park, to structures or roads.

“These improvements need to happen, but not without consulting residents.”

Scottish Water has planned a public meeting, to be held at Queens Park Bowling and Tennis Club on November 7, 4-7.30pm.

A spokesman responded: “We have committed ourselves to extensive community engagement on this project, holding seven public drop-in events and writing to all customers who live along the route.

“Most of our work will be underground and the vast majority will be unaffected by it. We and our chosen contractor will work with anyone affected to help minimise disruption.”

According to Scottish Water, work is scheduled to start in mid 2014, and will take three and a half years to complete.