Con­cern for city’s parks as read­ers hit out at coun­cil CAM­ERA CLUB THIS WEEK’S THEME: #CURVES

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IT’S re­ally dis­ap­point­ing to see Glas­gow City Coun­cil be­ing so dis­mis­sive of par­ents con­cerned about the state of chil­dren’s play ar­eas (Par­ents tell of dis­gust over filthy play park, July 8) which have just re­cently been opened.

They go on to state that they are ba­si­cally car­ry­ing out the very min­i­mum re­quired in terms of clean­ing and tidy­ing up these ar­eas.

The lo­cal play area in my area in Bar­mul­loch has had the grass cut (it was like a jun­gle) re­cently and that was that.

Be­neath the grass lay all sorts of rub­bish and de­bris which was still there this morn­ing.

It ap­pears that is the rule with gen­eral grass cut­ting: run the mow­ers over as quickly as pos­si­ble and let the res­i­dents clear up the rest.



Youth Train­ing Schemes run in the 1980s were of­ten fraught with prob­lems as too many pri­vate com­pa­nies used the young peo­ple as cheap labour, gave no train­ing and let them go when the fund­ing ran out with no prospect of a job.

Those run by lo­cal author­ity ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments, where

I worked as an in­struc­tor, were much more suc­cess­ful and of­ten run in part­ner­ship with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions. All the trainees re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate and a ref­er­ence at the end of a year and all got jobs or col­lege places. This was at that time for 16-18 year olds and all re­ceived a train­ing al­lowance. These ini­tia­tives can work if run prop­erly and per­haps the govern­ment could look at the is­sues raised then so that they can be avoided, skills train­ing and jobs are guar­an­teed and a proper rate is paid for the work done. Our young peo­ple de­serve the best start in the work­ing world and it is a lot to ask this time as the scheme is pro­posed to last for only six months. Dorothy Con­nor Ruther­glen

All very wishy washy (Here are the changes be­ing made to

Why don’t they just deal with them?

Kelv­in­grove Park af­ter car­nage chaos this sum­mer, Glas­gow Times on­line).

Why don’t they just deal with trou­ble­mak­ers there and then?

Have se­cu­rity – yes, I am aware they need to pay for that – who can re­move peo­ple drink­ing or caus­ing bother there and then.

Never mind ask­ing them po­litely not to do some­thing or po­litely re­mind­ing them of rules.

Break rules they’re out.

Moonk Calder Glas­gow Times on­line

So be­cause a num­ber of our well trained and dis­ci­plined young can’t be­have, then the el­derly will be in­con­ve­nienced and need to walk fur­ther to en­ter their Park! Here’s an idea: bor­row some Po­lice from Sin­ga­pore. They know how to deal with bad be­hav­iour and lit­ter.

Big fines are needed on the cul­prits and not a rise in Coun­cil Tax (yet again) on only the top Bands to boost the coun­cil’s cof­fers!

Wes­ten­der Glas­gow Times on­line

No ex­cuses for spend­ing some ex­tra money on tar­gets we may have (Celtic sell over 50,000 sea­son tick­ets ahead of 10-in-row bid, Glas­gow Times on­line). The fans have done their bit.

Jim Do­herty Glas­gow Times on­line

Jim Sloss was go­ing round and round

A stair­way to bet­ter places caught Anne Young’s eye

The city park was said to be in a ter­ri­ble state

Davy Can­non was caught in a spin

Grand de­signs with Karen Nuggent

Peter Cad­dis

Ailsa Scott was rid­ing the crest of a wave

Up close with Mar­garet Ann McKenna

Love was in the air for Alan McLean

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