Peeved at parking
Cars that are parked irresponsibly on pavements can cause a potentially dangerous obstruction for pedestrians as it can force them onto the road and into the path of vehicles.
Newly released research by YouGov has shown that three quarters (74 per cent) of people are affected by vehicles parked on the pavement. Some groups – including people living with sight loss, older people or those with buggies – are at greater risk.
Ninety-one per cent of respondents living with sight loss who responded to a Guide Dogs survey said that parked cars on the pavement regularly obstruct them.
You can see how dangerous pavement parking can be in real-life video footage, filmed from a guide dog’s view, of a guide dog and their owner having to go out into the road to get around a car at https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=oMQt-cfEFsg
I am urging the public to ensure they don’t park on the pavement. Gordon Brown Cambuslang On behalf of the First Glass Club we would like to thank S.L.C. for the grant for our annual bus trip to Ayr.
The First Glass Club AGM is on Wednesday, August 26 at said premises. 7-45 for 8pm prompt. Helen Gilmour Secretary
I hope that those attending the ceremony also went to Rutherglen cenotaph, bowed their heads and paid their respects to the hundreds of thousands of allied servicemen who died at the hands of the Japanese and the tens of thousands of prisoners of war who were so inhumanely treated by their captors.
It is important to understand why the atom bombs were dropped.
The younger generation could be forgiven for thinking that the Japanese were the only victims; the reality is that their rulers were savage, imperialistic warmongers, from their bombing of Pearl Harbour to the fall of Singapore and the invasion of Burma in their quest for rich natural resources and domination.
I do not believe in nuclear weapons but I do not believe in rewriting history either. Obliterating a civilian population cannot be justified but civilians also paid the price in Clydebank, in London, in Coventry and in Dresden.
We in Rutherglen looked after those whose families and homes were destroyed in the Clydebank blitz by putting them up in temporary billets in the town hall.
By 1945, the Japanese were being defeated on all sides after savage battles with terrible casualties.
Their plight was hopeless and my father, who served with the Forgotten Army in Burma, always maintained that the atomic bombs dropped by America, would not have been used had Japan surrendered.
We have a duty to ensure that coming generations are aware of the facts.
Let the Japanese mourn their dead. We have more than enough of our own. We owe it to them to always remember. That’s why this year, on VJ Day August 15, I will visit Rutherglen cenotaph quietly and privately to lay my small tribute and show my respect, as always and to let them know that they will never be forgotten. Dorothy Connor via email space for 27 years.
We moved here because it was away from main roads and at that stage the hill was a less-accessible green space.
However, it is now a regularly-used path network with a wide range of interesting plants and wildlife, for those who are prepared to stop and look, away from traffic noise and pollution.
We have no dog, but thoroughly enjoy watching the socialising of dogs and their owners as well as families and children on bikes and scooters.
There is now less dog mess on the hill and surrounding streets, than when we first moved here, with the provision of bins and the general social change in acceptability of leaving it behind.
If there is evidence to prove there is a serious congestion problem, then there is a case for the road but I’m not about to stop trying to protect our green space without evidence to support this proposal.
As a long- term user of local routes at rush hour, my experience has been a reduction in traffic especially during school holidays.
I am convinced there are cheaper, more effective and less disruptive answers to local traffic problems than forcing a road through our much appreciated green space for your convenience.
You might not miss it, as you appear unable to enjoy simple natural pleasures, but those of us who live beside it and use it will suffer a huge loss of irreplaceable mature planting as well as the ongoing disruption of the building and use of a road on our doorstep.
I doubt Mr Cotterill would be so dismissive of the “silly debate” if the loss was his because it’s an important decision for lots of people. Laura MacDonald via email Cilla Black, one of Britain’s most iconic TV presenters, passed away last week. She is most famously known for presenting Blind Date, a programme which became a firm favourite for Saturday night viewing. We asked four people their favourite TV show. “I always liked Blind Date, I’d say that was my favourite.”