Town cen­tres in trou­ble

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

One of the main lo­cal is­sues which has been raised with me dur­ing this cam­paign is the con­di­tion of our town cen­tres in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Many res­i­dents have ex­pressed con­cern that there is a lack of de­cent shops and places to eat, which would be suit­able for fam­i­lies, at the heart of our com­mu­nity.

While many town cen­tres have ben­e­fited from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Town Cen­tre Re­gen­er­a­tion Fund, it seems that there is much more to be done for our lo­cal hubs.

If elected I will work with our lo­cal au­thor­ity, char­i­ties and res­i­dents to make our lo­cal town cen­tres busi­ness im­prove­ment dis­tricts, learn­ing from the ex­am­ple of towns like Dun­blane who have used this as an op­por­tu­nity to re­de­velop their town cen­tres.

My hope is that this would help to at­tract in­vest­ment in our lo­cal area and place our town cen­tres at the heart of our com­mu­ni­ties. Tay­lor Muir Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive and Union­ist can­di­date for Ruther­glen

The party that used to be feared by the es­tab­lish­ment has be­come it.

They are now con­ser­va­tive (with a small c), cen­trists, timid and man­age­rial.

The so­cial­ists that are mem­bers must be scun­nered.

Af­ter nine years of bro­ken prom­ises it is time for a change and for a new Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment that will use its pow­ers to end cuts and grow our econ­omy. A D Mof­fat Ruther­glen and ter­ror­ist tac­tics in Syria is crazy.

It is very clear that the EU has lost all cred­i­bil­ity.

Se­cu­rity in the EU is non-ex­is­tent. Does the pop­u­la­tion of Great Bri­tain want to live in a coun­try where we don’t feel se­cure?

I think the atroc­ity in Brus­sels is the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin for stay­ing in the EU

et’s get out now be­fore it is too late. Robert Pen­der ad­dress sup­plied ef­fect the SNP’s coun­cil tax freeze has had on our pub­lic ser­vices.

The leaflet is very hyp­o­crit­i­cal. In the last few years Uni­son and other trade unions have re­peat­edly called for an end to the coun­cil tax freeze and this is some­thing the SNP have re­peat­edly ig­nored.

I don’t mind any po­lit­i­cal leaflet. We all know the pos­i­tive pic­ture they’ll paint.

But, with the coun­cil cuts and the part the West­min­ster and SNP Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment have played in them, this is some­thing I feel very strongly about, as I’m sure most in our com­mu­nity do.

The SNP men­tion­ing any vic­tory in any­thing re­lat­ing to the coun­cil when the cuts have come from their gov­ern­ment, I re­ally hope they do not think we all live un­der a rock.

The source of the cuts to the coun­cil bud­gets is well pub­li­cised and the pub­lic should not be treated with such lit­tle re­gard.

Yes, we have all seen the SNP protest against the re­al­ity of their own cuts and putting a spin on it, hop­ing the pub­lic won’t ques­tion them.

But Uni­son and other trade unions got to the source of the cuts to coun­cil bud­gets with their protest out­side Holy­rood on Fe­bru­ary 24, where the SNP gov­ern­ment in­flicted an­other £500m worth of cuts.

Also,the Trade Union Bill and the L at­tack on worker rights, the only party I’ve seen raise this in Holy­rood has been Labour.

The SNP sat back, said and did noth­ing. This is not what you’d ex­pect from any­one stand­ing up for work­ers’ rights and cer­tainly not some­thing I’ve ever known. El­iz­a­beth-Anne Cal­laghan Freeneuk Wynd Cam­bus­lang Call­ing all football fans look­ing to get into play­ing or want­ing to re­turn to play­ing football.

South La­nark­shire Life­style . have a great fa­cil­ity and are look­ing to pro­mote five a sides to ev­ery­one.

Cur­rently there are five-a-side games for over-35s on a Fri­day night and there is al­ways room for more play­ers.

Play­ing football has tremen­dous ben­e­fits to general health and fit­ness and is a great way to make friends.

There is a great up­surge in play­ing football right now, par­tic­u­larly play­ing the game for the over-50s and 60s. Walk­ing football is now a huge ac­tiv­ity and has seen teams spring up all over the coun­try, with games be­ing played on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. If you think your foot­balling days are over, think again.

If you used to play football but now find the pace a bit too much, if you’ve never had the chance to play be­fore or if you are re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury walk­ing football is a great way of play­ing football for you.

If it’s over-35s or over-55s games or walk­ing football get in touch.

If you fancy a game, no mat­ter your level of skill or fit­ness, drop me an email at foot­ball­fives@bt­in­ter­net. com or call or text 07777 631 501

All you need are a pair of train­ers and some en­thu­si­asm. The fun and fit­ness will be pro­vided.

Come along, bring a friend or bring a team. Cost is £2.50 for the game or £5 for a game, swim and sauna. John Miller via email

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