Dumbarton caught short of public loos
The lack of public toilets in Dumbarton is a disgrace.
The Labour-controlled council has a responsibility for public health yet Dumbarton East Park, whilst supplied with sports grounds and a children’s play park, is bereft of any public facilities.
Parents and grandparents who take their young children to the park are left with nowhere to find relief for desperate toddlers other than the trees.
Those of us more advanced in years attempting to remain fit and healthy by walking around the town have to plan a route that takes in what limited facilities are available to us: disgusting facilities in Levengrove Park (improvements are planned), two auto loos in the town (useless if you do not have 10p) and then Asda and Morrisons. Once you head east on Glasgow Road you enter a world that is void of public conveniences until you reach Clydebank.
It is little wonder that visitors passing through the town do not linger long. Bill Purves, Dumbarton
Royal face lift
Bill Heaney’s article regarding Shona Robinson’s visit to the Vale of Leven hospital (Lennox Herald, March 10) and how she was shown the best parts of the hospital reminded me of working at the council offices at Garshake when royalty were visiting.
Corridors were repainted, vast quantities of floral arrangements appeared out of the blue.
If the royal visitor was having lunch the staff restaurant received a facelift.
Thereafter the place deteriorated until the next royal visit. Nothing changes.
Same then, same now. Iain Clarke, Colquhoun Street, Dumbarton
Someone needs to remind Nicola Sturgeon of the legal basics.
The 2012 Edinburgh Agreement declared the referendum would be “a decisive expression of the views of the people of Scotland and a result that everyone will respect”. There were no loopholes to this. But the SNP now finds it convenient to walk away from the agreement.
They claim a line inserted into their 2015 party manifesto creates a loophole. It argued they would oppose Scotland being taken out of the EU “against its will”.
The Edinburgh Agreement is worth less, they say, because they added a caveat to their 2015 manifesto and now everyone must be bound by it.
It is a very interesting approach to a legal contract.
No partner acting in good faith behaves this way.
Scottish businesses, taxpayers and homeowners ought to take careful note.
What would respect for contract law be like in an SNP-controlled independent Scotland?
And what of the broader question: should any political party be allowed to rub out a legal agreement by slipping lines into a later party manifesto?
That would be very strange indeed. Mrs S Smith, via email
Over the last couple of weeks the local trade union movement fulfilled its promise to bring working class culture to the locality.
Two events were hosted at Clydebank Town Hall.
Firstly the showing of ‘I, Daniel Blake’, the award-winning film which showed the horrors resulting from the Tory attacks on the benefit system, and secondly the play ‘Dare Devils Ride to Jarama’, which relived the bravery of working class people prepared to risk all in order to fight fascism.
A total of 400 people attended the two events which were sponsored by Unite, Unison, EIS, GMB, and Clydebank TUC. The RMT assisted with the film. Approaching £1200 was collected for West Dunbartonshire Foodshare as an expression of solidarity with those in the community suffering from the austerity measures from government.
Thanks to all who supported these nights and we intend to hold further cultural events, using all methods to get across the message of the need for workers to organise both industrially and politically if they want to create a fair and just society rather than the rat race that prevails currently. Tom Morrison, Secretary, Clydebank TUC
Pretty spot But Levengrove Park toilets are disgusting