Thank you to Coun­cil­lor Clare McColl

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

Over the past cou­ple of years I have no­ticed the area be­com­ing more and more run down.

Ear­lier this year on my walk back from Cam­bus­lang Main Street I de­cided to pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to my sur­round­ings.

This was when I no­ticed the over­grown weeds on foot­paths, bro­ken pave­ments, gi­ant holes on road sur­faces, rust­ing lamp posts cov­ered in graf­fiti, graf­fiti cov­ered elec­tri­cal boxes, faded el­i­gi­ble road signs point­ing the wrong di­rec­tion, bro­ken lit­ter bins, lack of lit­ter bins near the train sta­tion and the lead up to the main street where a high vol­ume of school chil­dren and train com­muters were likely to lit­ter, bent rail­ings, graf­fiti cov­ered bol­lards at the train sta­tion, bro­ken drain cov­ers and dis­lodged kerb stones.

Hon­estly, the area seemed like the land that time for­got.

That day I spent a cou­ple of hours pho­tograph­ing all of th­ese de­press­ing sights, pre­pared a PDF doc­u­ment in A4 size and emailed it to Coun­cil­lor Clare McColl.

Coun­cil­lor McColl was straight on the phone to me that day, de­ter­mined to get th­ese is­sues sorted out for me as soon as pos­si­ble and true to her word, that’s ex­actly what she did.

No false prom­ises or point­less emails but im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

Coun­cil­lor McColl sug­gested that we did a de­tailed walk around the area so that we could both go through each and ev­ery one of the is­sues that I had raised in my com­plaint and wit­ness th­ese first hand.

As Claire would put it, “walk the walk”.

I was re­ally over­whelmed by her com­mit­ment and en­thu­si­asm into help­ing re­solve th­ese is­sues and in such a timely man­ner. My neigh­bours and I are ex­tremely grate­ful for her help. Mar­lyn Camp­bell, By email.

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