Where have all the taxis gone?

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer view -

I note with in­ter­est your story re taxi driv­ers re­ceiv­ing ex­tra train­ing in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

I would ques­tion whether there are any taxis on the road.

I was in Ruther­glen at the Town Hall and in Cam­bus­lang for a re­union with friends over the sum­mer.

On both oc­ca­sions I had great dif­fi­culty get­ting a taxi home. Com­ing out the Town Hall on a Thurs­day evening at 10.30pm I waited an hour and 10 min­utes for a taxi.

Sim­i­larly in Cam­bus­lang I waited an hour.

Need­less to say it spoiled my nights out and I would now think twice about go­ing out in Ruther­glen or Cam­bus­lang which ob­vi­ously is not ben­e­fi­cial to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Anne MacKen­zie Ruther­glen

I note that along­side my let­ter in last week’s Re­former de­tail­ing how ser­vices have de­te­ri­o­rated un­der NHS La­nark­shire was a let­ter from Calum Camp­bell, the chief ex­ec­u­tive boast­ing about how things have im­proved since he took over in Jan­uary this year.

What I did not make fully clear was that I was re­ferred to my GP by a spe­cial­ist hospi­tal at the far end of Glas­gow for a scan to be ar­ranged lo­cally so that I would not have to travel across the city when I am only just re­cov­er­ing from a ma­jor op­er­a­tion, still have stitches in and a very swollen leg which had to be checked out for a blood clot which is a po­ten­tially very dan­ger­ous con­di­tion.

Could Mr Camp­bell please tell me and the rest of the pub­lic in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang why my be­ing told if a scan was ar­ranged by my GP I would have to travel to Air­drie, a round trip of four hours, is in any way an im­prove­ment when the Vic­to­ria is 15 min­utes away and they do have all the spe­cial­ist scan­ning equip­ment as well as the rou­tine one re­quired for this.

He quotes a great many fig­ures about the out of hours GP ser­vice.

Th­ese are all mean­ing­less as we do not re­ceive out of hours ser­vices from NHS La­nark­shire but from NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde.

He also states that GPs, nurses and an­cil­lary staff are all happy with the changes. He misses the point yet again.

The only peo­ple whose opin­ion ac­tu­ally counts are those who re­quire the ser­vices, namely the pa­tients. I am cer­tainly far from sat­is­fied with the ser­vice I have been of­fered dur­ing nor­mal hours!!

The NHS La­nark­shire web­site lists Mr Camp­bell’s pre­vi­ous oc­cu­pa­tions as among oth­ers, a pro­fes­sional foot­baller. In this case he has cer­tainly scored an own goal.

I did send a copy of my let­ter di­rectly to him but have had no re­sponse. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

I send a copy of a let­ter sent to Ruther­glen Ex­change Man­ager Jane Cowan. I hope you will pub­lish it in the Re­former.

“Re­gard­ing Owl Project in Ruther­glen Ar­cade

I write to ob­ject to your con­sent to al­low owls to be dis­played and han­dled in Ruther­glen Ar­cade.

Owls are wild an­i­mals and have ex­tremely sen­si­tive senses for hear­ing and see­ing their prey. Ev­ery­one knows they are noc­tur­nal birds hunt­ing at night. They are also at­trib­uted with spe­cial in­tel­li­gence, thus we call them ‘wise owls’. Why then did you al­low this project in a busy, ar­ti­fi­cially lit and noisy shop­ping cen­tre?

When I saw them about 4pm on Fri­day af­ter­noon they were still be­ing poked and pet­ted by very young chil­dren who I be­lieve con­sider them to be soft toys.

Worse still peo­ple were tak­ing pho­to­graphs of their chil­dren hold­ing the owls on chains with flash­ing lights that could not be avoided by the birds.

One at­ten­dant was try­ing to spray wa­ter into a large owl’s beak, ob­vi­ously to avoid it be­com­ing de­hy­drated.

I ask that you do not give per­mis­sion for this event to be held ever again.

It is not a draw to shop­pers at the Ar­cade in fact it is the very op­po­site and will put eth­i­cally minded peo­ple off. Su­san Martin Scioncroft Av­enue

Who is Mur­ray A Nix? All this per­son ever does is post nasty and neg­a­tive com­ments on Face­book.

Ob­vi­ously they do not even bother to read the Re­former or they would know how much James Kelly MSP ac­tu­ally does for this area and for his con­stituents.

As I have said be­fore, we don’t do low class here.

If this per­son has noth­ing but vi­cious com­ments to make about our lovely town and its peo­ple, why don’t they go else­where and why don’t they stop hid­ing be­hind vi­cious com­ments on so­cial me­dia and come out and have a proper de­bate in print on what­ever is­sues are of con­cern to them.

Un­for­tu­nately there is a class of per­son nowa­days who think it is some­how clever to sit press­ing but­tons on a com­puter all day and mak­ing some sort of name for them­selves. Mak­ing a fool of them­selves ac­tu­ally.

I am not a mem­ber of any po­lit­i­cal party and I take peo­ple on merit and on what they say and what they do.

There’s a les­son to be learned and a re­al­ity check to be had by all those who hide on the in­ter­net.

It’s not clever at all. It is ig­no­rant , low class be­hav­iour and it’s not the sort of thing we need in this town.

So if there is noth­ing this per­son likes about liv­ing here then , as I’ve also said be­fore, they know what to do. Buzz off! Dorothy Con­nor Ruther­glen



Aus­tralia, I would love to go there,” said Carol Hannah, from Burn­side.

“I have a friend that goes and has fam­ily over there. She loves it there. She’s trav­elled all over and said it is beau­ti­ful.”

Cllr should open his eyes

“I love Rhodes. I just love the whole way of life in Greece. I like the peo­ple and the food,”said John Vick­ers from Burn­side.

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