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Breaking News ! A community group campaigning against plans for a massive rail-freight hub at Ravenscraig fear “foul play” after its banners were removed in the days before the Scottish Parliament election. The Ravenscraig Community Action Group has engaged in what it labelled a “David and Goliath” battle, fighting plans which would see the industrial freight hub built on land earmarked for 1000 new homes. The group is launching a community fighting fund and recently put up banners raising awareness of the plans and encouraging objections but these were mysteriously removed. Get the latest Lanarkshire news straight to your inbox! Don't miss a thing from your area - sign up for the new Lanarkshire newsletter! From the latest breaking news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox. Put your email at the top of this article or follow the instructions on this link! Ryan O’Donnell, chair of the Ravenscraig Community Action Group, said: “We expect a fair fight, not foul play. Removing banners which encourage public participation in the planning process is not only petty, it is deeply worrying. "They can strip down our banners but won’t stop our campaign. That’s why we’re encouraging people to object and are launching a community fighting fund and pledging to re-double our efforts to fight for a better future for Motherwell and Lanarkshire including new homes, leisure, living and learning – not an HGV superhighway through local towns.” The Russell Group is behind the plans to build the railhead logistics hub at the former industrial site at a cost of around £200 million. The proposed development would serve as the company’s UK headquarters, but families living nearby are concerned that the logistics hub could see the movement of HGVs 24-hours-a-day in close proximity to their homes and children’s schools. If passed, the controversial £200m hub would dominate the skyline around the proposed site (Image: Stuart Vance/ReachPlc) Ryan, who has a young son, added: “From a standing start, our small group has mobilised in a David and Goliath battle against a rushed proposal that would change the character of Motherwell and surrounding communities forever. Read More Related Articles Residents blast housebuilder claiming works vans are blocking their driveways "A direct reversal of once ambitious plans for regeneration, the proposals would see a massive industrial complex operating 24/7 dominating the skyline, built on land zoned for new and affordable homes, with over 800 HGV movements a day trundling through Motherwell and local communities in phase one alone.
. What we’ve found is that people have no idea of the scale of the plans or the negative impact on communities – from Carfin and Newarthill, right through Ravenscraig, Motherwell and down Airbles Road. When they do find out, they’re furious.”
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Zeeshan Siddique, a dad-of-two, moved to the Ravenscraig estate with his young family a few years ago. He told the Wishaw Press back in December that he felt he had been “stabbed in the back” after discovering the plans for the hub which weren’t part of the regeneration plan he bought into.
Dad-of-two Zeeshan Siddique has criticised the proposal for the railfreight hub
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More than 600 objections have been lodged against the plans, with SNP politicians for Motherwell and Wishaw Marion Fellows MP and MSP Clare Adamson also opposing them. Martine Nolan, Scottish Labour’s candidate for the Motherwell & Wishaw constituency in the recent election, voiced her objections too. A safety and environmental engineer, she claimed the proposals come at the expense of people’s health and safety and displacing existing jobs. Local councillor Kenny Duffy had called for an extension of the online consultation process, which concluded in December last year labelling it “disorganised and rushed”. Lanarkshire Live contacted the Russell Group for comment. The crowdfunder to “raise awareness” and “support community activity” can be found here.
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