Peeved at park­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - REFORMER VIEW -

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 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.”





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