What do the voters think in the communities?
The fight for Rutherglen South will see council candidates address the needs of very different communities, so this week we asked voters in Fernhill and Burnside what they wanted.
Many people in both communities are happy with what the council has achieved so far.
Several people who spoke to the Reformer said they wanted more of the same including continued regeneration and improved community facilities.
There was also, however room for improvement in developing Rutherglen town centre and improving public transport.
Burnside shopper Ray Bayne said she would like to see an informed discussion about how to return a sense of community to both Rutherglen and Cambuslang, as well as more community services.
She said: “In Fernhill they did regenerate the houses. But again, there are all these houses and not the facilities to support them.
“We need community sites and leisure facilities, and that’s true for both Rutherglen and Cambuslang. There’s Lifestyle, there’s the swimming pool there, but it could be utilised to a better level than it is.”
Mr Howitt from Burnside said: “What is important to me is the provision of nurseries. There seems to be an under provision of places for pre-schoolers.
“Neighbours and family members have expressed concern about that. They have to travel out of the area to get their kids into somewhere suitable. They have to start their day early and finish later.”
Ian Marklaw from Blairbeth said: “I would say to councillors to do the repairs I ask for. Every year it is the same thing, there’s no money.
“They can’t use that excuse every single year. For the last 15 years I have asked them to fix the wall in my back garden. It’s a mess and every time I get the guy out he says there’s no money, surely I must be at the top of the list by now.
“I feel totally disheartened with them.”
George Bratton from Fernhill said: “They have done well with the housing. I would like to see more of the same.
“In terms of this area there has been a massive improvement, 100 per cent. Fernhill is now excellent. I moved here in 1975. The difference from then until now is phenomenal.”
James Connor from Fernhill said:“The buses, we need more of them. We have one bus on a Sunday. The 65 runs during the week so we only have one bus and it’s a half hour each way. We need a better service; it’s a big scheme for only one bus.
“Otherwise I like Fernhill the way it is.”
Laura Dougan who lives in Fernhill also wants her councillors to campaign for a better bus service: “The thing that needs improved is the buses.
“There are two buses during the week but the 65 goes off at 6.30pm.
“That’s something I would want them to take up on with bus operators. In other areas there are buses every 10 minutes.
“I work in Rutherglen and at night I can’t get a bus, I have to get taxis because it’s late and that’s costly.”
Davy O’Neil from Fernhill said he wanted to see the waste land and open spaces used to create outdoor facilities for young people.
He said: “There’s a big open space behind the community centre and there are no current plans for that. It’s a perfect space for an 11-a-side pitch. The Toryglen pitches are too expensive and young boys from the scheme won’t go to Castlemilk, so it would be ideal for them.
“Also at the top of Fernhill there’s absolutely nothing for youngsters to do. They could put a swing park in or something like the cage that they have in Springhall.”