Starting point for better community
Politicians, community groups and businesses welcomed the publication of last week’s ‘What do people think of Cambuslang?’ survey.
The survey, commissioned by Cambuslang Community Council, will now form the basis for the development of a new community strategy for the town.
Representatives from a range of backgrounds met last Wednesday to discuss the findings at Cambuslang Institute.
Among them were Margaret Ferrier MP, councillors Christine Deanie and Richard Tullett, members of the community council and representatives from Cambuslang Parish Church, Healthy ‘n’ Happy Community Development Trust, Universal Connections Youth Club, Friends of Cambuslang Park, Friends of Holmhills Park, Friends of Douglas Park, Cambuslang Rangers, the Probus Club, Cambuslang Heritage Group and members of the Main Street business community.
Cambuslang Community Council were delighted with the participation from across the political spectrum and the quality of the debate.
Treasurer John Bachtler, who chaired the meeting and presented the survey report, said: “We are very pleased that so many people and community groups participated in this first meeting on the results of the community survey.
“We are also grateful for the commitment from our elected members at Westminster and Holyrood and from South Lanarkshire Council, as well as many community groups and businesspeople to work with us on taking forward the results of the survey and developing a new community strategy for Cambuslang.”
Margaret Ferrier MP was very positive about the report, saying: “The community council are to be congratulated on producing such an interesting report.
“It gives us new insights into what people in Cambuslang think of the town and their priorities for change.
“I very much support the development of a new community strategy and I would encourage people and community groups to get involved to help change Cambuslang for the better”.
James Kelly MSP was not able to attend because of a commitment at Holyrood but he also pledged his support: “The group has a track record of working tirelessly for the local area.
“There’s a great deal to be looked at in terms of taking suggestions and opinions of the public forward and I look forward to working with the organisation to continue to deliver for the people of Cambuslang.”
Among the topics discussed were the issues affecting the Main Street as well as ongoing health and environmental issues and the fact the town seemed to have a good community spirit.
Brendan Rooney, executive director of the Healthy ‘n’ Happy Community Development Trust said: “What was most impressive was how much local people care for their local town and area. It’s time to look forward and with optimism and time to stop looking back at mistakes of the past.”
Community councillor Michelle Farmer, co-author of the report, said: “We need to recognise that the condition of the town centre is a reflection of the local economy and the loss of local jobs over a long period.
“There are big differences in living standards across the town and we need to look for ways of boosting the local economy if we are to provide a sustainable and vibrant town centre.”