Road vote is relief
DearEditor On Tuesday, September 8, 2015 South Lanarkshire Council Planning Committee listened indulgently to spurious representations before sensibly approving the Cathkin Relief Road.
The following day, in Blairbeth Road a vehicle went out of control, careering onto the pavement and completely demolished the traffic lights at the (no longer patrolled) school crossing.
Fortunately no one was injured or killed. However, the incident is a timeous reminder of the dangers and hazards that have threatened generations of schoolchildren and it will be a relief to many parents and grandparents that the local walk to school will be, at long last, a safe one.
Those few people who will be upset by the loss of some shrubs, weeds and canine lavatories should console themselves that the larger community will benefit from much reduced pollution and more general health, safety and economic improvements. Charlie Shaw Blairbeth Road
I fully agree with Barrie Cathie’s letter about parking in Greenhill Road.
I had to take my grandson’s pram onto the road as I could not pass.
Also my sister is in care in the flats next to the mosque. These flats have private residence parking due to disabilities, but people just ignore the signs, which causes problems with doctors’ visiting.
A wee bit of respect and thought please. Peter McLaughlin via email
to only provide transport for pupils receiving free school meals leaving no school bus for the other children.
Would SLC view it as acceptable to apply the same reasoning inside the school?
Meaning only those who qualify for free school meals would be provided with lunch forcing other pupils to seek theirs outwith the school, in all weathers, potentially at a risk to their safety and at a higher cost financially for their parents.
I certainly do agree with children from very low income families receiving this help in getting to school.
However, I am worried for the safety of the other pupils who will be left with no school transport and the impact this will have on traffic congestion in the area especially around the schools. Geraldine Baird via email
I am an SNP supporter but I welcome the election of Jeremey Corbyn, it is a breath of fresh air and the death knell to the right wing Blairites.
We drastically need an end to this ‘old school boy network’ and nepotism in politics where we are preached about austerity but the Leader of the House of Commons can get a limo to take him home from a function at a cost of £1500 to the tax payer or our unelected Lords get £30k a year attendance money.
There are cries of foul from our Conservative friends in Scotland about another independence vote but people are sick of the propaganda.
We need a new progressive approach to fix our broken society.
The austerity experiment has failed dramatically and a new wind of change is on its way. Fulton Hunter Cambuslang
The Reformer report on the resignation of David McClemont from the Scottish Socialist Party (Sept 2) was seriously exaggerated.
Despite the headline claiming a “bitter row”, no such exchange occurred within the local branch. So low on the radar were David’s reservations about the SSP engaging with RISE that his resignation (particularly the public manner of it) came as a complete surprise to long-standing members of the SSP in Cambuslang and Rutherglen.
Had David brought these reservations into the open at the Branch and made his feelings obvious, we could have discussed the issue and perhaps avoided this outcome. As a respected member and Branch Secretary, it would have been easy for David to bring a motion for discussion or even one of outright opposition to the project, but that never happened.
As David rightly points out, the independence referendum reinvigorated the SSP locally and nationally. It also found SSP members working alongside members of other parties and none in a common cause. While significant political differences remain between the pro-independence parties, there are many who engaged individually or through the Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) who have much in common with the SSP.
This is mainly a new generation of activists for whom a social movement is more attractive than the more disciplined structure of a party. That was reflected in the decision of RIC supporters not to form a new party post-referendum. Many did, however, wish to continue campaigning and from that was born the concept of a new Left Alliance combining these activists with pre-existing organisations.
The decision of the SSP to engage with this process came about over a number of months and our Branch hosted a meeting with Jonathan Shafi (one of the organisers of RIC) some months ago.
SSP conference subsequently agreed to explore the possibility of a broader left organisation by a vote of three to one. The National Executive and then National Council voted to further pursue the concept unanimously and by seven to one majorities respectively. No democratic process is perfect, but this reflects the majority wish within the SSP to pursue a mobilisation for left unity, one of the founding concepts of the SSP.
As a result of the hard work which went into generating such an alliance, RISE was launched at a day-long meeting of over 600 left activists in Glasgow. Though I was not there myself, all those I have spoken to who were, found it to be a positive experience. This, however, appears to have been the day that David announced his resignation from the SSP. Branch members I have spoken to are grateful for David’s work in the last year and beyond and certainly have no personal axes to grind with him. His input will be missed, but we will move on nonetheless. The intention is now to roll out the formation of RISE groups across Scotland in advance of a founding conference and to spell out policies. The SSP in Rutherglen, Cambuslang and Blantyre intends to play a full role in that process. David Stevenson Cairns Road