Facilities only go Halfway
Election day is now just over two weeks away and this week we took to the streets of Halfway to see what people in Cambuslang East want
Labour has a proud record of standing up for Cambuslang East. In council, we have invested in innovative schemes and stood up to SNP cuts.
Cambuslang East has specific challenges in terms of traffic and population. We have put pressure on the Scottish Government for cross agency -working. We are seeking to secure funding from the City Deal for a pedestrian crossing and other schemes in Newton, as well as liaising with Police Scotland to consider undertaking speed enforcement on Westburn Road.
We are doing more to tackle anti-social behaviour, like on Glen Street. We know about the pressure on our local health service. Labour has put pressure on the Scottish Government to tackle a national problem with GP numbers.
Labour has rebuilt and renovated every school across South Lanarkshire, but we know there are education pressures. We’ve called on joint working between the council and the Scottish Government to ensure our children are getting the best start.
More and more people have continued to move into the area as new homes have been built, but that has not been matched by the provision of adequate amenities and infrastructure. The council’s closed door approach to planning, which led to the Gilbertfield development being granted, needs to change. We will make planning procedures open and transparent. Planning should consider any application’s impact on local amenities.
The SNP will devolve one per cent of the council budget to individual wards. This money will empower communities. We will encourage communities to use the Community Empowerment Act; enabling them to acquire land for improvements they wish to see.
The biggest investment we can make in Scotland’s future is in supporting our young people. We will change council procurement procedures and work with private businesses, public bodies and trade unions to create opportunities for youth employment through apprenticeships, work placements and paid internships.
Cambuslang East is the largest ward in South Lanarkshire by population and is continuing to grow with the new houses at Gilbertfield but Liberal Democrats have long argued that facilities lag badly behind.
It is time for a more integrated approach to managing growth – for nursery and school provision and community facilities.
A new secondary school with provision for a variety of community uses would create a hub and provide the services needed for social activities, sport and leisure.
The Gilbertfield development is the last straw. Cairns Road badly needs upgrading to cope with the construction traffic and the increase in cars this will bring.
There is a new dentist in Drumsagard but only one doctor’s practice – every effort should be made to attract another one.
New methods such as those pioneered by The Keep Britain Tidy campaign are needed to tackle the continuing problem of dog mess – young children can be blinded as a result of dog dirt carrying diseases.
Reading the news recently, of a taxi driver who was attacked after picking up in Cambuslang, it brings to mind an important issue. It would appear as if the streets are not as safe as they used to be and something has to be done.
I know that some dog handlers do not help keep the area clean so will look into all options available. The easy answer is to clear up the mess for them but it would be better to find a way of educating the owners.
There are concerns about the school places and new builds putting more pressure on existing schools so I will endeavour to find a way of improving existing facilities or alternative schools where appropriate.
I see the problem of derelict buildings and misuse so would track down the owners and offer them assistance in appropriate development. I would rather see a building restored and put to good use that left as a gap or a mess.
I believe that any community can be as good as you want it to be so will be an ear to bend and a fighter for a cause.
This election is about putting power back in the hands of the community. The people of Cambuslang know best what’s right for them. Our manifesto states that residents should become“actively involved in deciding on local budget priorities”.
There are three issues worrying voters: education, investment in local services and health, and empowering communities to deal with anti-social behaviour. By prioritising budget decisions to invest in the community, we can engage with youth. We need to invest in local libraries, sporting facilities and green spaces to give kids something to do. We oppose further centralisation of education. The current overcrowding in local schools is unacceptable.
To alleviate the pressure on educators, we would call for a new secondary school and more teachers to bring down class sizes. We need more doctors and dentists that focus on preventative care to reduce higher cost burdens later.
This election is about giving you power to make decisions for the local community.
Halfway There are a numberofissues affecting the people of CambuslangEast