Friendly town let eye­sore of Main

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

Crit­i­cism

Opin­ion Res­i­dents in Cam­bus­lang fill out the sur­vey

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