At breaking point over new homes
Dualling concern over Stewartfield Way plans
Proposals to build over 4000 new houses in East Kilbride have rightly attracted a lot of criticism from the residents who are seeing their infrastructure stretched to breaking point.
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been stopped by concerned residents about this and their real fears and frustrations over the proposed dualling of Stewartfield Way as part of the City Deal.
I recently wrote to the leader of South Lanarkshire Council, John Ross, asking that the Stewartfield plan be taken off the table and for the money be used to improve the railway network for the town.
His brief reply of “your letter is noted” smacked of someone somewhat out of touch with what really matters to the people of this town.
On the back of his response I posted thousands of leaflets through the letterboxes of Stewartfield homes seeking the views of the people who will be most affected if the dualling goes ahead.
I was inundated with hundreds of replies and the message was loud and clear – NO to the dualling and YES to upgrading the town’s rail network.
An overwhelming majority said the money should be put into the electrifying of the railway and dualling the line from East Kilbride to Busby and then into Glasgow.
It is ridiculous that in this day and age as East Kilbride new town celebrates its 70th birthday we are still having to cope with a rail network from the last century.
It’s time for Cllr Ross to “note” the real concerns of the residents of this town and do something about it.
Over the summer I called for school pitches to be open to their communities.
The Scottish Conservatives are calling on the SNP to consider innovative new ways to ensure youngsters get more out of their breaks.
It comes as pupils returned to school after their seven-week break amid concerns that the so-called “summer slide” may affect many youngsters – particularly those from deprived backgrounds.
Research suggests that children can lose ground in academic and vocational skills during long periods of holiday. There is also the issue of affordable childcare which can disproportionately affect those in challenging circumstances.
The Scottish Conservatives are suggesting that the SNP government should consider opening more schools as “community hubs” during holiday periods, offering opportunities to take part in activities and catch-up classes through outdoor learning.
I think this is an excellent idea and would also like to see the outdoor facilities being used to give the kids somewhere to play during school holidays.
Pitches are built to be played on; not something to be admired from a distance through a padlocked gate.
Finally, I will be holding local surgeries around East Kilbride over the coming months starting this Friday at Greenhills Hall 10.00am, East Kilbride Central Library at 10:45am and Morrisons Stewartfield 11.30am.
Please feel free to come along and speak to me if there are any issues you wish to discuss, or check my website for more surgery dates.
Demolished Historical buildings such as the Stewartfield Farm are being bulldozed to make way for new houses