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The battle for council seats is now hotting up as the candidates get set for election day
Labour in South Lanarkshire has worked with the community to undertake a radical regeneration of Fernhill with brand new and refurbished housing stock.
In addition, we have seen the start of a programme of environmental upgrades in Springhall and housing investment across the whole of Rutherglen South, bringing all council properties up to the Scottish Housing Quality Standard. If elected, I will support continued regeneration and push for a faster pace of investment in Blairbeth and Springhall. Housing is still one of the biggest issues that people raise on the doors, that is why Labour is committed to building another 1000 council houses by 2020.
Local buses are a lifeline. Buses should be run for people, not profit. Councils must have the power to regulate buses and I will fight for the Scottish Government to deliver that power to our council.
A Labour administration will stand up and fight against continued cuts to our budgets to deliver the investment our communities want and deserve.
There’s no sense in the council delaying repairs – costs only rise as a consequence. Local councillors should be picking issues up and dealing with them, ensuring the council is spending your money wisely.
An SNP-led council will work with the Scottish Government to ensure that a proper share of Scotland’s 50,000 new affordable homes are built in South Lanarkshire.
Decisions have been made behind closed doors for too long. An SNP-led administration will devote one per cent of the council’s budget to a community-controlled fund – giving people a proper say.
By 2020, we aim to deliver 1140 hours a year of free early learning and child care for vulnerable two-year-olds and all three- and four-year-olds, saving families over £3000 per child per year. We will build new early learning and childcare centres, and train the staff needed.
SLC have three members on the SPT board – none are SNP. Labour and the Tories should have done more to raise bus provision.
Rutherglen South has seen major improvements with the regeneration programme in Fernhill and Cathkin. Lib Dems now want to speed up tackling problems in older council houses – old crumbling roughcast and roofs in areas like Cathkin, Blairbeth, Spittal and Fernhill; problems with back courts, decaying tenement closes and bin shelters in Springhall. Tenants are entitled to decent houses and are right to complain.
The more flexible and extensive pre-school provision parents expect is undoubtedly putting pressure on local school and nursery places. The Scottish Government have made a mess of teacher recruitment numbers (with teacher numbers already 4000 down from 2007) and local schools struggle to get both supply and permanent teachers. Making sure our schools and nurseries are properly staffed must be a top priority for the new council.
It is also time to deal with traffic danger hotspots – like Broomieknowe Road, Fernhill Road or Greystone Avenue – and to limit obstructive parking on pavements.
Improving public transport links for Cathkin, Fernhill, Springhall and Spittal would be my priority if elected in May. It is clear that the current bus services are infrequent and inadequate and it is essential that we find a solution which connects our area more effectively.
This will ensure that shopping areas, work places and Rutherglen Health Centre are more accessible for residents in Rutherglen South.
Housing regeneration has been a great success in Fernhill but it is important that other parts of our community are not forgotten by South Lanarkshire Council. When regeneration does take place, it is important that local services are provided to match. Lifestyle in Eastfield is a great facility but the lack of efficient transport links makes it inaccessible to anyone who doesn’t have a car.
The council should not simply use financial constraints as an excuse for failing to carry out essential repairs. If elected I will demand greater transparency to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent wisely on things like essential repairs to housing.
Residents concerns show that local services have not been meeting expectations. The dissatisfaction with local bus services and home repairs continue to be under threat by the current administration. As for the bus routes specifically, the Greens will always put the public needs over business profitability and ideologically prefers all transport to be publicly owed; instead of operated for profit which is contributing to these problems.
As for social housing, leisure facilities and access to early years education, these are crucial and should be delivered locally and accessible for all. A vote for me is a vote for radical democracy that will deliver what communities want through collaboration. This is by consultation and always respecting the needs of the community.
Many of your interviewees expressed frustration towards a public body that exists to represent them. I find to be unacceptable. A change is needed to put the community at the heart of the debate through engagement.
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