Our area has been for­got­ten

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A com­mu­nity has begged South La­nark­shire not to for­get about them when it comes to in­vest­ment.

Res­i­dents in Spring­hall say they are con­stantly over­looked when money is be­ing spent.

They say their area has be­come a dump­ing ground for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from prob­lems.

John Black

A com­mu­nity has begged South La­nark­shire not to for­get about them when it comes to in­vest­ment.

Res­i­dents in Spring­hall say they are con­stantly over­looked when money is be­ing spent in the area.

And they are mak­ing a plea through the pages of the Re­former for a longterm plan to im­prove the area.

They were prompted by our story about a £ 44m in­vest­ment in the hous­ing stock at Whit­law­burn. They also say money has been spent in Fern­hill and Cathkin while they have been largely ig­nored.

John Black, chair of the Spring­hall Com­mu­nity Re­source Group, in­vited the Re­former for a walk around the scheme.

Sev­eral res­i­dents ap­proached us to com­plain about peo­ple with prob­lems be­ing brought in from other ar­eas in South La­nark­shire. And they had plenty to say about crime, the state of the shops and peo­ple’s dif­fi­cul­ties in ac­cess­ing the li­brary.

John said: “Look­ing at the past 20 years, the coun­cil have been into Whit­law­burn three times while Cathkin and Fern­hill have had bud­gets of their own. This is the for­got­ten land.

“I grew up in the 80s. I’ve seen this in the east end of Glas­gow, places al­lowed to go to rack and ruin – that seems to be go­ing on here. But peo­ple want to stay here longterm, they have stayed here all their lives. We bor­der one of the most

Peo­ple are dis­il­lu­sioned. Spring­hall is tired and that makes the res­i­dents tired.

An­gry John Black and Frances McIvor

Run­down Now Spring­hall ten­ants are de­mand­ing funds to re­vi­talise the area

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Go­ing down Stair­wells have been left to crum­ble

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Eye­sore Res­i­dents want this area be­hind the shops cleared up

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Cage fight Frances McIvor says the play area is not fit for pur­pose

Help John Black and Frances McIvor want more done to re­vi­talise Spring­hall

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