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Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A Cam­bus­lang busi­ness­man has urged lo­cals to take more pride in their town as he out­lined his vi­sion for a vi­brant town cen­tre.

Jimmy Steven­son, one of many Cam­bus­lang peo­ple who con­trib­uted to the Green­ing the Main Street scheme, called on res­i­dents to be am­bi­tious in their hopes for the town and said peo­ple must re­spect work that has al­ready been done.

Jimmy , a f o rmer sol­dier who launched T4S Land­scap­ing seven years ago, acted as a con­sul­tant and se­cured pro­duce at cost price for the Cam­bus­lang in Bloom project, which has seen planters and flo­ral hang­ing bas­kets in­stalled on the town’s main thor­ough­fare.

The project’s com­ple­tion was cel­e­brated with a pub­lic event on Sat­ur­day, when Jimmy said he was de­lighted to be able to give some­thing back to the com­mu­nity and en­cour­aged oth­ers to ap­pre­ci­ate vol­un­teers’ ef­forts.

He said: “We have a small gar­den cen­tre in Cam­bus­lang and we were ap­proached by Ca m b u s l a n g Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, who were un­der­tak­ing the Cam­bus­lang in Bloom project.

“There is a team of about 25 peo­ple that help out on Thurs­days and Satur­days. They have filled the large planters, hung bas­kets and this week we planted old raised beds on the other side of Main Street.

“We have put a lot of work into this. The com­mu­nity it­self is help­ing out and the shop­keep­ers have signed up so we have done a lot to try and brighten it up.

“But there’s spray paint on the bus shel­ters and it’s dis­ap­point­ing at times when we are do­ing all that work and we have had to re­place hang­ing bas­kets be­cause peo­ple pulled them down.

“I phys­i­cally caught some­one last week pulling out plants to take home for his wife.

“It could do with a bit more re­spect.”

Jimmy is hope­ful that the ef­forts of Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil will in­spire oth­ers to get in­volved in mak­ing their town a bet­ter place to live, work and play.

“We have a crack­ing Main Street but it is not as good as it could be,” he said.

“As long as we keep get­ting new blood and new things done, it can only get bet­ter. If we get more money next year we can add more plants and bas­kets.”

Jimmy hopes to see bin shel­ters in­tro­duced on M Main Street so com­mer­cial bi bins could be hid­den from vi view.

Wooden sheds could be painted and dec­o­rated with flower bas­kets, he ex­plained.x

He also hopes South La La­nark­shire Coun­cil will re re­ward the vol­un­teers’ eff ef­forts by paint­ing rail­ings in the town cen­tre.

He said im­proved pa park­ing would en­cour­age vi visi­tors to spend more time in town and help lo­cal bu busi­nesses to thrive with pa pass­ing trade.

A pedes­tri­anised area co could also al­low a cafe cu cul­ture to flour­ish, with ou outdoor seat­ing ar­eas.

Con­cerns Jimmy Steven­son

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