What you’re been reading this week
A heartbroken dad was pleading for his former partner to let him speak to his son who he hadn’t seen for nearly a year.
Nabeel Arshad, originally from Cambuslang, was left devastated after Laura Semple, from Rutherglen, started a new life in Turkey with eight-year-old Logan Arshad in July 2013.
The desperate dad contacted the Foreign Office and the police, but was told no crime had been committed.
There was joy for King’s Park man Brian Easton, as he won the Scottish Cup with St Johnstone, as the Saints defeated Dundee United at Hampden - just a stone’s throw from where he grew up. Our top five stories online last week were: 1. Families gas escape 2. Parents paedo fear 3. Former MP on why Labour lost 4. Nursery set to close 5. New MP ready for work After Margaret Ferrier’s election victory for the SNP in Rutherglen and Hamilton West, we asked what her priorities should be.
Here’s what you had to say: “Regeneration in Springhall, Rutherglen and scrapping the Cathkin relief road.” - Janice Dunn (via Facebook)
“For me it has to be the scrapping of the Cathkin Relief Road.” - Michael Elliot (via Facebook)
“Scrapping the Cathkin Relief Road. The only real Greenspace left in the area for people of all ages to enjoy.” - Suzanne Ross (via Facebook)
“Cathkin Relief Road for me too. I can honestly say it is the biggest issue in my life just now.” - Jacqueline McEwan (via Facebook)
“Keeping the only green space in the high burnside, fernhill, BlairBeth area by scrapping plans for the cathkin relief road. Spending almost £22 million on more needy causes.” - Christine Elliot (via Facebook)
“Scrapping the Cathkin Relief Road and allowing the community to use it the way it is intended for kids to play, people to walk there dogs and communities to come together instead of spending £22m on a road that will segregate a community.” - Michelle Ferguson Scullion (via Facebook)
“Scrapping the catkin relief road xx keep our green space” - Betty Davies (via Facebook)
“Definitely scrapping the plan for the Cathkin relief road in order to maintain our greenspace so our communities “up the hill” have an accessible, safe and open area. Local kids play freely here, many from the community walk their dogs and can allow them off the lead, it’s the route for many people’s daily exercise route be it walking/jogging or cycling. It is also a safe route for many local children here to access school. The road will take all this away and divide our communities!” - Gill Gowran (via Facebook)
“I would say the opposite. Have you walked or driven along Fernhill Road or blairbeth road recently. Both roads are over used and dangerous. Fernhill Road is not wide enough for the volume of traffic it takes.” - Nicola McCormick (via Facebook)
“Support the campaign to scrap Cathkin relief road.” - Susan Mc (via Facebook) There was also reaction to Tom Greatrex losing his seat and where things had gone wrong for Labour:
“Because a) they were arrogant enough and complacent in the belief that they were invincible in a traditional Labour heartland. b) They forgot that it was only a few months before, in the run up to the referendum, they were in bed with the Tories in the Bitter Together campaign. c) They had a buffoon of a man leading their party in Scotland. d) Margaret Ferrier and her supporters mounted a campaign that underlined that the welfare of the Scottish people was highest on their agenda.” - Murray A. Nix (via Facebook)
“For years Labour has ignored many areas of Scotland assuming that they would just get back in. Even now they are talking in terms of the electorate betrayed them not willing to admit that they did not do their job. They are doing everything but looking at themselves. Their leader in Scotland was always going to be a problem, he was so involved in the referendum campaign, and was extremely negative about anyone not voting no, did he honestly think people would forget that.” - Elaine Nicol (via Facebook)
“For me personally, I voted on local issues as I believed my vote would have no bearing on the outcome nationally, and Mr Greatrex let me down when he failed to come out fully in support of the campaign against the Cathkin Relief Road. I wanted an MP who would give their all to the campaign to fight the road and believe Ms ferrier when she says she will.” - Jacqueline McEwan (via Facebook)
“Margaret Ferrier will never have the experience that Tom Greatex has, She Will be like a muppet to Sturgeon and do as she is told like the rest of them” - Margaret Brown (via Facebook)
“Such a shame Tom lost even SNP members said he was a great MP.” - Name (via Twitter)
“It was an absolute privilege to work for @ tomjgreatrex - his comments in @RuglenReformer are worth reading.” - Monica Lennon (via Twitter) Finally, readers couldn’t believe our story about the Springhall family who could have been killed with thieves tried to steal their gas pipes:
awful, some extremely stupid low lives out there. Glad the family are ok.” - Catherine Smith (via Facebook)
“Omg how lucky the family was. Doesn’t bear thinking about what could have hsppened.” - Kerry Coyne (via Facebook)
“That happened to mine aswell i stay in springhall .. Its a daft place to put pipes right below a kitchen window .. But thank god the family is safe x” - Lorraine Cairney (via Facebook)
“I could hv lost Jamie, Kerry Ann and my two beautiful granddaughtersxx what would they hv got for that copper?? Next to nothing!!! Kerry Ann is terrified living there now. None of us can sleep. Bet they thugs are sleeping ok though” - Grace Wright (via Facebook)
“It just doesn’t bear thinking about what would have happened. X” - Anne Ferguson (via Facebook)
“The whole block could have gone up. Bloody idiots putting everyone in danger for a couple of pound” - Rochelle Feeney (via Facebook)
Go to www.facebook.com/ RutherglenReformer or www. twitter.com/RuglenReformer and get involved in the debate. I quite like watching it when it’s on. I think it’s boring, I haven’t really liked any of the acts for the past few years. “I don’t watch it because it’s rubbish.
Opposition Relief Road
Readers are objecting strongly to the Cathkin