Lit­ter louts must be stopped

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer view -

Un­for­tu­nately, there are still peo­ple who be­have as if it is ac­cept­able to dump stuff and drop lit­ter.

They re­spond to beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings by mak­ing them ugly.

They do not care what ef­fects this has on other peo­ple.

They do not stop to think that this causes or­gan­i­sa­tions to spend time and money clear­ing it up.

I am glad to see that some of the can­di­dates in the forth­com­ing coun­cil elec­tions list en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion as an is­sue or a pri­or­ity.

A landowner with highly vis­i­ble land hold­ings run­ning through Cam­bus­lang, Burn­side and Ruther­glen is Net­work Rail.

Some of the mess cre­ated by oth­ers on their land, es­pe­cially next to bridges, is ap­palling.

Net­work Rail’s over­rid­ing pri­or­ity must be the safe run­ning of the rail net­work.

Keep­ing em­bank­ments clear of rub­bish is not an es­sen­tial oper­a­tion.

How­ever, if lit­ter hotspots could be cleared more of­ten, it would vastly im­prove the ap­pear­ance of the area not only for lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses, but also for vis­it­ing in­dus­tri­al­ists, in­vestors and tourists.

So I would like to hear from the can­di­dates what, if any­thing, they would do, if elected, to get South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to dis­cuss with Net­work Rail how the vis­ual ap­pear­ance of their land might be im­proved, given the ben­e­fits which would flow from such ac­tion? Ed­ward Cais via email

GERS­fig­ures not­per­fect It is said, put 12 econ­o­mists to­gether, ask them a ques­tion and you will get 12 dif­fer­ent an­swers.

I have no wish to den­i­grate econ­o­mists, but their work is not an ab­so­lute sci­ence.

There are other types of econ­o­mists who don’t just as­sess the eco­nomics but also fac­tor in po­lit­i­cal anal­y­sis, these are gen­er­ally more ac­cu­rate.

The fore­go­ing is an in­tro­duc­tion to my com­ments on gen­eral ex­pen­di­ture and rev­enue statis­tics, com­monly re­ferred to as GERS.

GERS is gloated over by union­ists as con­fir­ma­tion that Scot­land would have an eco­nomic ‘black hole’ of £15 bil­lion with in­de­pen­dence and would be poor.

They con­ve­niently ig­nore the UK’s £150bn odd bal­ance of pay­ments deficit and its al­most £2 tril­lion na­tional debt (and union­ists say Scot­land would be a bas­ket case).

The £15bn talked about is what is con­sid­ered by the peo­ple who com­ply GERS to be Scot­land’s share of this debt.

Much of it is guess­work and con­tains costs for items and mat­ters we do not have or get.

Ex­am­ples are Hink­ley Point, Lon­don sewer works, their un­der­ground al­ter­ations and Cross­rail, West­min­ster re­fur­bish­ment, salaries/ex­penses for 600-odd MPs and even more for lords and ladies and ex­tra civil ser­vants for Brexit.

Why is eight per cent of the Bri­tish pop­u­la­tion (Scot­land) ac­cred­ited with 17 per cent of the UK deficit? The es­sen­tial point is, the above costs would not ex­ist in an in­de­pen­dent Scot­land’s bud­get.

I will quote Richard Mur­phy, a cel­e­brated au­thor, char­tered ac­coun­tant, po­lit­i­cal econ­o­mist and cam­paigner against tax avoid­ance: “GERS might prop­erly be called crap data.” Robert Bren­nan Machrie Road Castlemilk

Po­lice sta­tion pro­posal isoutra­geous I am ap­palled at the pro­posed de­ci­sion to close Cam­bus­lang Po­lice Of­fice.

The pres­ence of the of­fice is ex­tremely im­por­tant to lo­cal peo­ple and rep­re­sents a com­mit­ment by the po­lice to keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe.

This rep­re­sents a fur­ther move away from com­mu­nity polic­ing, a com­mit­ment the SNP has be­trayed time and time again.

All the ev­i­dence tells us that peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit enor­mously from a po­lice pres­ence on the ground.

It dis­cour­ages crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour on the street sim­ply by the fact that it is there pro­vid­ing a sense of se­cu­rity.

Once again we are let down by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Per­haps their at­ten­tion is else­where, its cer­tainly not on im­prov­ing com­mu­nity safety and im­prov­ing peo­ple’s lives. Margaret Walker Scot­tish Labour can­di­date for Cam­bus­lang West

Camero­ni­an­meet­ing The next meet­ing of The Camero­ni­ans Fam­i­lies As­so­ci­a­tion is on Sun­day, April 30 at 2pm.

The venue is the Tan­nochside Olde Club, 416 Old Ed­in­burgh Road Tan­nochside Ud­dingstonG71 6PJ.

As ever all wel­come whether an ex-Camero­nian, if you have a fam­ily con­nec­tion with the reg­i­ment or hav­ing a gen­eral in­ter­est in the reg­i­ment of Old La­nark­shire.

If in­ter­ested in the as­so­ci­a­tion please con­tact Douglas Tor­rance on 07706022352. Douglas Tor­rance Camero­ni­ans Fam­i­lies As­so­ci­a­tion

Ques­tion­can­di­dates In a few short weeks Scot­land will be go­ing to the polls to choose the peo­ple who will rep­re­sent us at our lo­cal coun­cils.

More than any other in liv­ing mem­ory, this election will im­pact the health and well­be­ing of our com­mu­ni­ties as this is the first since the in­te­gra­tion of health and so­cial care in April 2016.

Elected coun­cil­lors, who are then nom­i­nated to in­te­grated joint boards, will be given the power to in­flu­ence our health and so­cial care sys­tem and make vi­tal de­ci­sions that will af­fect us all.

One in four of us are liv­ing with or at in­creased risk of di­a­betes. The di­a­betes com­mu­nity is Scot­land’s largest con­stituency which is why it’s vi­tal that lo­cal election can­di­dates un­der­stand the wide-reach­ing im­pact of the con­di­tion.

Peo­ple should be sup­ported in man­ag­ing their di­a­betes well to help avoid com­pli­ca­tions which may re­sult in hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion, dis­abil­ity and even pre­ma­ture death.

Di­a­betes Scot­land is reach­ing out to can­di­dates across Scot­land to raise aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of di­a­betes.

New coun­cil­lors must un­der­stand that di­a­betes not only af­fects the in­di­vid­ual and their fam­ily but also our NHS Scot­land and the wider econ­omy.

We must pri­ori­tise the care and sup­port of peo­ple liv­ing with all types of di­a­betes and look at how to in­tro­duce new, more ef­fec­tive ways to pre­vent the rise of Type 2 di­a­betes.

We’re calling on peo­ple af­fected by di­a­betes across Scot­land to con­tact their lo­cal can­di­dates and ask them if they will #Stand4Di­a­betes. Be­fore May 4, we have to know if our can­di­dates are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that peo­ple liv­ing with the con­di­tion are sup­ported to live healthy, happy lives.

If you would like to get in­volved in Di­a­betes Scot­land cam­paigns, get in touch via email Gavin.Thom­son@ di­a­ or phone 0141 245 6380. Gavin Thom­son, Di­a­betes Scot­land

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