What do the vot­ers think in the com­mu­ni­ties?

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Rutherglen Sth -

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.”

Davy ONeil

Laura Dougan

James Con­nor

Ian Mark­law

Ray Bayne

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