Dum­bar­ton caught short of public loos

Lennox Herald - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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

Bro­ken agree­ment

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

Sol­i­dar­ity

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

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