26 WEST­WOOD Watch­dogs are back in busi­ness

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

West­wood Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has re-formed – four years af­ter dis­band­ing.

West­wood res­i­dent and mem­ber Joe Al­lan has been in­stru­men­tal in res­ur­rect­ing the group and has been locked in talks to im­prove the area.

The next meet­ing of West­wood Com­mu­nity Coun­cil will be held on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 22, at 7.30pm in St Columba Lutheran Church.

All are wel­come as the group at­tempt to crack down on van­dal­ism, an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and any is­sues with paths and roads in the area.

The com­mu­nity coun­cil, which formed in 2000 and met in the Red Deer Cen­tre in Al­berta Av­enue, folded in June 2013 due to a drop in num­bers.

Mr Al­lan re­vealed that the group of plucky vol­un­teers have al­ready been hard at work – tack­ling frozen foot­paths and dam­age to a promi­nent phone box in West­wood Square.

He told the News: “If peo­ple have a prob­lem, I would urge them to get in touch.

“Al­ter­na­tively, they can come along and take part in one of our meet­ings and we could see how we can help.

“We have al­ready been in con­tact with BT about the van­dalised phone box at West­wood Square.

“It is essen­tial that this box is kept in work­ing or­der.

“You need it in the square if some­one has be­come un­well. It is im­por­tant the phone is in work­ing or­der but some­one has re­ally done a job on it.

“We have been told they will re­place the dam­aged glass with per­spex and re­pair the phone.”

He con­tin­ued: “We are also con­cerned about the foot­bridge that leads to West­wood Square.

“The ramps that lead to the bridge are of­ten frozen over. It needs to be grit­ted or some­one will have a nasty fall.

“We are al­ways look­ing for new is­sues to look into and help the com­mu­nity.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to flag up any is­sues to the com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors con­tact them on 079541311130.

Driv­ing force Joe Al­lan

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