Ac­tion needed now to re­verse town’s de­cline

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Jonathan Ged­des

It is a familiar cry and one that will not sur­prise any of the can­di­dates stand­ing for Cam­bus­lang West. Lo­cals want ac­tion on the Main Street. That was the num­ber one pri­or­ity that res­i­dents gave to the Re­former when we asked them what they want from councillors in the fu­ture.

Re­cent clo­sures by TSB, the Royal Bank of Scot­land and Cly­des­dale Bank are also a press­ing is­sue.

Jean Austin, Pan­dora’s Box, Main Street:

“The banks go­ing would be one thing. They’ve ripped the heart out of the com­mu­nity by do­ing that and as a busi­ness owner I don’t know where I’ll be in a year’s time.

“With all the busi­nesses and staff here, we’ve been re­al­lo­cated to the Post Of­fice for bank­ing and that’s not suit­able or ideal for things like get­ting change or cash.

“Se­condly, the area has grown so much but very lit­tle has been done to match that. The doc­tor’s surgery in the area has far too many peo­ple on­their list and we need some­thing big­ger to cope with the pop­u­la­tion that we have now. There’s no fa­cil­i­ties here and the roads are a dan­ger too. It’s a three-way sys­tem on a two-way road.

“There needs to be work done to re­verse this and im­prove what we have.”

At­tract­ing more shops and va­ri­ety on the Main Street was a re­cur­ring is­sue with lo­cals.

Mel Robin­son:

“There needs to be more va­ri­ety on the street.

“There are th­ese empty units and they need to be filled and made at­trac­tive for shops to move here.

“Some­thing like a pound shop would be good that peo­ple could use when money’s tight th­ese days.

Cathy Jamieson:

“Have they been over­pric­ing th­ese units?

“Noth­ing has been go­ing into here. If you don’t want a tan, a bet or to get your hair done then there’s not much else. It would make a dif­fer­ence to have more op­tions.”

The over­all state of streets in the area was an­other topic that lo­cals de­manded ac­tion on.

John Ar­buckle:

“Th­ese stones on the pave­ment were sup­posed to be fixed but it’s like play­ing a tune go­ing down them be­cause of the move­ment on them.

“It’s shock­ing and dan­ger­ous for older peo­ple on them. They’ll have a fall.”

June Gray:

“The mess on the pave­ments is poor. “I know it might not be the high­est pri­or­ity but we could def­i­nitely do with tak­ing bet­ter care of the place.”

A re­cent study showed that one in five busi­ness own­ers are ques­tion­ing their fu­ture in the area. There are eight empty shops on the Main Street.

Pave­ment John Ar­buckle

Op­tions Cathy Jamieson

Va­ri­ety Mel Robin­son

Shops Jean Austin

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