Hands tied on sale

Sub­stance left mess af­ter gala days

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

The is­sue of silly string has once again plagued the two big­gest gala days in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Last Satur­day cel­e­bra­tions came to Cam­busalng Main Street as Sum­mer­fest kicked off, while the Satur­day be­fore that, crowds flocked to Ruther­glen Main Street to take in Lan­de­mer Day.

Cam­bus­lang Main Street was adorned with silly string and graf­fiti on Satur­day, with some be­ing sprayed onto shops, and the Alastair Hamil­ton me­mo­rial cairn.

And on Lan­de­mer Day silly string and graf­fiti made a mess of Ruther­glen Main Street.

Speak­ing on Mon­day, Sum­mer­fest chair­man John Edgar said: “We’ve asked the shops not to sell it, but they won’t stop it.

“This af­ter­noon, I’ve got to go down to the fu­neral par­lour to clean the paint off. I don’t have to do it, but it’s a ges­ture of good will from Sum­mer­fest - we have a great re­la­tion­ship with our lo­cal traders, but this isn’t ac­cept­able be­hav­iour any more.

“We’ve asked about hav­ing these paints and silly string banned, but trad­ing stan­dards say there’s noth­ing they can do.”

Cam­bus­lang West coun­cil­lor Clare McColl added: “I would like to see paint and silly string banned.

“I feel sorry for the land ser­vices team who are hav­ing to go out and clean up af­ter­wards.

“The po­lice can’t do any­thing about it, but I would ask par­ents in fu­ture to ask their chil­dren not to buy it, be­cause it makes such a mess.”

Lan­de­mer Com­mit­tee Sec­re­tary Ian Dun­can said: “It’s the same ev­ery year. It seems there’s noth­ing we can do to stop the shops from selling it and the po­lice say a crime is only com­mit­ted if some­one is ac­tu­ally sprayed with the silly string. There was also the is­sue of spray paints this year, it was be­ing sprayed all over the place. We re­ally don’t know how to stop it.”

Stephen Kelly, head of fa­cil­i­ties, waste and ground ser­vices said: “We have re­ceived no com­plaints from the public, how­ever, we were aware of the silly string and graf­fiti is­sues fol­low­ing Lan­de­mer cel­e­bra­tions. These were re­moved by power wash­ing.

“We are not aware of any is­sues fol­low­ing the Sum­mer­fest event on Satur­day.”

Con­sta­ble Richie Sam­son of Ruther­glen Po­lice Of­fice said: “Po­lice Of­fi­cers were in at­ten­dance at the events in our area re­cently and were ap­proached by peo­ple re­gard­ing the sale of cans of silly string and coloured spray. No crim­i­nal­ity has been es­tab­lished and it is a mat­ter for South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.”

Mess Silly string mess af­ter Sum­mer­fest

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