Wood­land park will be well worth a visit

Rutherglen Reformer - - working For You -

Whilst we are cur­rently in re­cess in the coun­cil, alas life still goes on.

Although all the nor­mal com­mit­tees of the coun­cil take a break for four weeks, in­deed many of the lo­cal com­mit­tees don’t meet again till Septem­ber, it would be foolish to think that noth­ing hap­pens in the sum­mer pe­riod (if you can call this sum­mer).

As a board mem­ber of Clyde Gate­way, the Ur­ban Re­gen­er­a­tion Com­pany re­spon­si­ble for the re­gen­er­a­tion of my ward of Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North, I re­cently had a sneak preview of the soon to be opened wood­land park at Cuningar Loop just off Down­iebrae Road, be­ing run by the Forestry Com­mis­sion.

With­out at­tempt­ing to spoil it for any­one, be­lieve you me it will be well worth a visit as it in­cludes some in­no­va­tive ‘come and try’ events not seen be­fore in our area, plus pic­nic ar­eas, an ex­ten­sive path net­work, and a bike skills park, etc, and the Forestry Com­mis­sion are hold­ing a se­ries of ‘open day events’ through­out Au­gust and Septem­ber which will be pub­li­cised in the Re­former.

This is just the latest in­stal­ment of the work be­ing done lo­cally by CG, which in­cludes the Red Tree Busi­ness Cen­tre in Stonelaw Road, the new of­fice de­vel­op­ment Ruther­glen Links off Farmeloan Road, and the fu­ture re­de­vel­op­ment of Shaw­field as a Na­tional Busi­ness Dis­trict - all bring­ing ex­tra em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties into the town, and be as­sured I will con­tinue to play a role as a di­rec­tor to make sure that Ruther­glen gets its fair share of these em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

An on­go­ing prob­lem in the area, and one well cov­ered by the Re­former over the past year, is that of dog foul­ing. As from Mon­day of this week, Com­mu­nity War­dens will be pa­trolling the area and this will take two dis­tinc­tive strands – the first strand will in­volve the war­dens car­ry­ing out ed­u­ca­tion work by is­su­ing fly­ers and dis­tribut­ing dog waste refuse bags, and the sec­ond and most im­por­tant strand, will be the is­su­ing of Fixed Penalty No­tices.

Whilst it is of­ten dif­fi­cult to ac­tu­ally wit­ness a dog de­posit­ing its waste, ev­ery ef­fort will be made to en­force this leg­is­la­tion, a prob­lem the coun­cil are well aware an­noys many of you.

I know from speak­ing with many of my con­stituents that the con­stant up­heaval caused by never end­ing road­works in the area causes much an­noy­ance. Whilst some of this is due to the util­ity com­pa­nies, much is due to the coun­cil’s wide rang­ing

Com­mu­nity Coun­cil­lor De­nis McKenna (sec­ond from left) at Lan­de­mer Day this year

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