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Waves of anger engulfs the 'Neon Waves'

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 00:00 GMT on Friday, 5th August, 2011.
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A FLASH flood of anger has once again engulfed Cumbernauld's colourful neon waves.
 
The project which was given the green light, in late 2010, was meant to reflect Cumbernauld's Gaelic name, "Comar Nan Allt," which translated means the meeting of the waters.
  
Since the project started many have raised concerns and rumours in local media suggested that the project would total over £800'000. Now that the project has officially been completed, Cumbernauld House Trust has revealed that a Freedom of Information request (FOI) showed the final tally at £967,509.25.
 

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The final cost includes the design, planning and construction of the yellow and green waves. However, 2/3rds of the total cost was delegated to key safety features of the structure.
 
A report by STV's Alison McCallum revealed that North Lanarkshire Council felt that the negativity against the project was only from a small minority of the community, and that residents were putting spin on the project, with a spokesperson telling STV Cumbernauld:  “The waves feature cost around £320,000 and both these figures have been widely publicised for more than 10 months. For anyone to suggest the neon waves feature cost nearly £1million is not just misleading, it is completely untrue."
 
Local MSP Jamie Hepburn has also stepped into the debate. Talking to Cumbernauld Media he said: "I feel the money could have been spent a lot more wisely.  There are no shortage of useful ways in which almost £1million could have been spent for the area, such as on acquiring Cumbernauld House for public use, or for a new bus station, or maybe for a new Abronhill railway station."

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