Friendly town let eyesore of Main
Cambuslang is a friendly town with great community spirit but people want to see major change.
That was the finding of the most in-depth community survey ever conducted on the town.
Organised by Cambuslang Community Council, the survey attracted nearly 1100 responses.
And the Reformer was given an exclusive first look at the findings before they are discussed at a meeting with elected members and invited representatives with a view to developing a new community strategy.
In terms of what people liked about Cambuslang, transport links scored 65 per cent while the town was also commended for its friendly neighbourhood/ community.
Accessibility was the most positive aspect, with locals mentioning frequent rail and bus services and proximity to the M74, although there were concerns about lack of services for older people, especially to East Kilbride.
Almost half of respondents were involved in clubs or groups and there was praise for community centres like Cambuslang Institute and Eastfield Community centre.
A strong sense of attachment to Cambuslang was also reported, with 75 per cent of people having lived in the town for more than 10 years and over half for more than 20.
There was praise for Friends of Cambuslang Park and the work they had done, as well as for the walkway/ cycle path by the Clyde and the Holmhills Community Park.
Despite that, concerns remain about continued housing development and a loss of green space, especially in the Newton and Drumsagard areas.
The news was not so good for the Main Street though, with almost 70 per cent critical at the lack of shops and two- thirds unhappy with the appearance and layout.
Among all the responses, virtually no- one had anything positive to say about the layout of the Main Street. There was also criticism for the lack of coherence in the retail layout and the crossing system.
Businesses expressed their unhappiness with a lack of passing trade, blaming it on parking restrictions, while traffic wardens were seen as “over-zealous”.
A major concern was the appearance of the street, especially with the use of large trolley waste bins which often spill rubbish.
Other areas of concern were crime and anti-social behaviour, with key issues highlighted as house and car burglaries, vandalism and litter/dog fouling.
A third of respondents cited a lack of sport and leisure facilities and the need for a full-size 3G football pitch.
Finally, traffic congestion and speed of traffic on Greenlees Road, Johnson Drive and Brownside Road were mentioned.
The survey asked what could be done to improve the town, with suggestions focussing on economic, social and environmental improvements.
People want a more attractive Main Street, concerns about crime to be addressed, play areas for children and facilities for
Other towns have shown that they can improve and we are inviting people to help
Opinion Residents in Cambuslang fill out the survey