Hands tied on sale
Substance left mess after gala days
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