At break­ing point over new homes

Dualling con­cern over Ste­wart­field Way plans

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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

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