In 1967, it was announced that a private firm would be paid 6d per cubic yard for all material they removed from Auchinraith Bing. The firm was Alexander Russell & Company Ltd (of Glasgow). It was welcome news for the area, for the bing had been sitting there , unchanged and unused since 1931!
Accepting the offer, the County Council were told that it would be unlikely that the full bing could be removed in the timescales and deadline given of December 1968. The news was disappointing to the Council, who had hoped the bing would be entirely levelled to allow them to progress High Blantyre’s redevelopment plan. A road was planned and the council wanted the dirty, reminders of the coal era, gone.
The remainder of the bing was eventually removed in 1974 and 1975 just ahead of the East Kilbride Expressway being built at that location.
Photo is Auchinraith Bing taken in 1958, courtesy of Anthony Smith. The view looks westwards over Blantyre.
Partly from “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018
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