Summerfest say thanks
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
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
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