Start­ing point for bet­ter com­mu­nity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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.”

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