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Eaglesham (Bypass)

Volume 887: debated on Wednesday 5 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when he expects to announce the commencement of work on the bypass of the village of Eaglesham.

Responsibility for initiating a scheme lies with Renfrew County Council, which has not put forward any proposals.

Does the hon. Gentleman realise the extent of the damage to structure and the environmental pollution which the people are enduring in this designated conservation area? Does he accept that until there is some co-operation with the Scottish Office about both the line of the road and the cost it is unlikely that the bypass can be brought forward, yet it seems to me and to all my constituents a matter of urgent priority?

The initiative lies with the county council, which has not put forward any proposal to us. It has introduced a certain number of interim measures, such as the 30 mph speed limit, school crossing patrols, and "no-waiting" restrictions. It has turned down a number of other proposals made by the residents.