Burgh says no to Glasgow rule
Ruglonians reject website view
Ruglonians have taken to the internet to once again warn against any attempts to take the town back into Glasgow City Council.
Dozens commented on the popular Rutherglen Facebook page last week when an article from 2012 resurfaced, saying the Burgh should once again be part of Glasgow.
The author, Rutherglen native Gary Brown, argued that the town would benefit from being part of Glasgow through tourism.
He also said that many Ruglonians of a certain generation look at themselves as Glaswegian, having grown up when the town was part of the city.
But the vast majority have once again rejected that idea.
One person wrote: “When Glasgow annexed us they used its authority to compulsory purchase family lands three times in thirty years ( 19781992).
“They moved natives from their homes and broke up clan social structure. The last thing any native son of Rutherglen wants is to be back under Glasgow’s jackboot.”
Another wrote: “Glasgow treated us with utter contempt. The boarded-up Town Hall was a symbol of that. It was no coincidence that there was an allparty support to get us out of Glasgow and into South Lanarkshire.”
That was a view echoed by many others, including one person who said: “I remember when Rutherglen became part of Glasgow and, even as an eight-year-old boy growing up in Eastfield, I was gutted at being forced to be Glaswegian.
“I was always Ruglonian and proud of it too. I was part of something special until we joined Glasgow.”
The issue has raised its head several times since Rutherglen and Cambuslang were taken out of Glasgow in 1996 and became part of South Lanarkshire Council.
The two towns had been part of Glasgow from 1975.
During that time many locals felt the towns lost their independence and suffered neglect, with the decay of the town hall becoming synonymous with a general decline.
A high-profile campaign eventually bore fruit when the towns became part of South Lanarkshire in 1996.
In 2015 the Reformer reported that historian Ian Mitchell was keen to see the two towns absorbed again into the city.
He argued: “People in Rutherglen use Glasgow services a lot more than people in Glasgow would use Rutherglen services. The flow works largely one way.
“In terms of planning, the initiatives happening in Glasgow’s East End, Rutherglen has managed to get on its coat tails. Rutherglen would not have got that on its own and this is an example of how peripheral areas can benefit.”
However, his statements were rubbished by Councillor Robert Brown and Lord McAvoy, both of whom were instrumental in removing the towns from Glasgow.
Councillor Brown said Rutherglen had been “left behind” while Lord McAvoy claimed the town hall would have been bulldozed if the Burgh had stayed.