A former industrial village, Carnbroe is located southeast of Coatbridge and southwest of neighbouring Airdrie. It lies above a meander of the North Calder Water, which flows around it in a steep gorge. Once it was a collier village and large ironworks, the Calder Iron Works, were built there in 1838 immediately to the north on the opposite bank of the river. They closed in 1921 and the village grew to occupy that site. Carnbroe now has a primary school, a grocery store, a private nursery and an elderly care home.
The neighbourhood is now[when?] undergoing a major extension, expanding over the North Calder Water, where further housing schemes are being built, as well as a state-of-the-art community centre. This will also give access to the village from Whifflet as a new road is under construction.
Carbroe's village status is a hotly contested topic. Noted local philanthropist Prof. Mark Cowan weighed into the debate by declaring that " when Sikeside is your neighbour you'd want to be a village too". Prof. Cowan's sentiment was also echoed by the defacto mayor of Carnbroe Philip "pip" DiNardo who stated that "it's aye been a village by the way". However statistics show that 71.3% of Coatbridgians believe Carnbroe is merely "another scheme" albeit with better, roughcasted houses.
|This North Lanarkshire location article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|