Sum­mer­fest say thanks

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer view -

Deared­i­tor

Thank you so much from the com­mit­tee of Cam­bus­lang Sum­mer­fest to our many sup­port­ers who gave so gen­er­ously to our fund­ing over the Christ­mas period.

Our chil­drens’ Christ­mas party was a great event thanks to; Joseph Nel­son, Glen Street Funeral Home for his do­na­tion of £200; Ann Marie McKen­zie man­ager of Halfway Co-op­er­a­tive for do­nat­ing all the sweets and drinks for our party; Dun­das De­vel­op­ment Ltd for their do­na­tion of £150; Co-op­er­a­tive Funeral Care Cam­bus­lang and Mor­risons Cam­bus­lang for do­nat­ing se­lec­tion boxes, and thank you to all the staff at Halfway Bowl­ing Club where we held our party and the Ruther­glen Re­former for cov­er­ing our event.

Thank you so much to all the peo­ple who ral­lied round to help with our bag pack­ing in Mor­risons Cam­bus­lang. We raised £372. Thank you to ev­ery­one who helped to sell our Christ­mas raf­fle tick­ets and to Mor­risons Cam­bus­lang for al­low­ing us to sell our tick­ets in-store and do­nat­ing our sec­ond prize of £50 Mor­risons vouch­ers ,we raised £520.

To W Curly butcher Haflway, Head­room Only, Halfway, Mae­stro Cam­bus­lang and Coun­cil­lor Clare McColl we say thank you for do­nat­ing to our raf­fle prizes and Lark­field Spir­i­tu­al­ist Church for their do­na­tion of £50 to our funds.

I would like to men­tion how kind peo­ple have been to the com­mu­nity of Cam­bus­lang and all sur­round­ing ar­eas.

We re­ceived four bags of gro­ceries to dis­trib­ute to our com­mu­nity and the win­ner of the fist prize of our raf­fle of £100 Mor­risons vouch­ers do­nated them back for a re-draw and al­though each party wished to re­main anony­mous we at Sum­mer­fest think all of the above peo­ple and busi­nesses re­mind us that the gen­er­ous spirit of our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties is amaz­ing. Liz Wat­son Sec­re­tary, Cam­bus­lang Sum­mer­fest

Cam­bus­lang pol­lu­tion

Air pol­lu­tion is caus­ing a pub­lic health cri­sis in Scot­land with many more peo­ple liv­ing with il­le­gal lev­els of air pol­lu­tion than pre­vi­ously recog­nised, in­clud­ing in Cam­bus­lang Main Street.

Scot­land now has 38 of­fi­cial pol­lu­tion zones, up from 33 last year, with many of the most-pol­luted streets be­ing in busy pedes­trian ar­eas.

We need to clean up our streets so the peo­ple who work, shop and live in th­ese ar­eas can do so safely.

High vol­umes of traf­fic are caus­ing the poor air qual­ity that is re­spon­si­ble for over 2,500 pre­ma­ture deaths in Scot­land.

The only cred­i­ble so­lu­tion is cre­at­ing health­ier streets that en­cour­age peo­ple out of their cars and onto their feet.

How­ever, very lit­tle has hap­pened over the last 10 years to re­strict traf­fic in Scot­tish towns or cre­ate more pedes­trian space.

This is a crit­i­cal area for the Na­tional Trans­port Strat­egy Re­view, which is cur­rently be­ing con­sulted on.

Coun­cils need to trans­form street man­age­ment, in­vest more in walk­ing and make com­pre­hen­sive plans for our town and city cen­tres that strike a bet­ter bal­ance be­tween peo­ple and traf­fic.

Tack­ling traf­fic as­so­ci­ated with the school run is an ob­vi­ous pri­or­ity given the need to pro­tect chil­dren’s health. Stu­art Hay Di­rec­tor, Liv­ing Streets Scot­land

Park­ing rules scrapped

Re­gard­ing your story about the coun­cil say­ing they will ticket cars parked on Green­hill Road.

Cars are only parked like this when there is a ser­vice on in the lo­cal mosque or chapel and they have clearly stated in emails to me per­son­ally that in times of wor­ship they re­lax there park­ing re­stric­tions.

I am a res­i­dent of Kirk­wood street and have a per­mit but it’s point­less if there is a re­li­gious ser­vice near by be­cause they don’t want to en­force the re­stric­tions. John Ste­wart Via Face­book

Take re­spon­si­bil­ity

Any sign of cold weather high­lights how lazy we have be­come as a so­ci­ety.

It is the same ev­ery year on so­cial me­dia - com­plaints that “my road never gets grit­ted”.

The truth is, there are plenty of grit bins in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang for peo­ple to use if they feel their street needs treated.

I’m not a mas­sive fan of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion, but com­plaints about this reek of com­plain­ing for com­plain­ing sake.

All the main roads in the area are treated as well as sev­eral of the sec­ondary roads. If the coun­cil spent mil­lions on grit­ting ev­ery road the same peo­ple would prob­a­bly com­plain when some­thing else was cut.

It is in­dica­tive of a so­ci­ety who have come to ex­pect ev­ery­thing to be done for them.

So next time, if it’s that bad, use some ini­tia­tive and head for a grit bin. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

Malta shows the­way

There is more than a hint of irony that as Scot­land, along with the UK, pre­pares to leave the Euro­pean Union, the is­land of Malta, with a pop­u­la­tion less than that of Ed­in­burgh has just taken over the pres­i­dency of the EU.

The pres­i­dency is re­spon­si­ble for driv­ing for­ward the coun­cil’s work on EU leg­is­la­tion, en­sur­ing the con­ti­nu­ity of the EU agenda, or­derly leg­isla­tive pro­cesses and co­op­er­a­tion among mem­ber states.

This is the first time the is­land will hold the pres­i­dency and dur­ing the next six months will fo­cus on six key ar­eas: mi­gra­tion, sin­gle mar­ket, se­cu­rity, so­cial in­clu­sion, Europe’s neigh­bour­hood and mar­itime sec­tor. Lead­ing the EU.

In­ter­est­ingly Es­to­nia, with a pop­u­la­tion of less than 1.4 mil­lion peo­ple, around a quar­ter that of Scot­land, will take over the EU pres­i­dency in July.

Dur­ing the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum, the Bet­ter To­gether camp claimed that the only way to guar­an­tee Scot­land’s place in the EU was to vote to re­main in the UK. In­deed, Scot­land was to “lead the UK” not “leave the UK”.

Times have in­deed changed since Septem­ber 2014 and we are, de­spite th­ese as­sur­ances, head­ing for the EU ex­its.

Of course, we could have the best of both worlds, part of a sin­gle mar­ket with the rest of the UK - as promised to North­ern Ire­land in its re­la­tions with the Repub­lic of Ire­land - and still mem­bers of the EU.

For that to hap­pen of course re­quires the con­fi­dence, as Malta and Es­to­nia have demon­strated, to take full con­trol of our own af­fairs and be the mas­ters of our own des­tiny, lead­ing not leav­ing the EU. Alex Orr Ad­dress sup­plied

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