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

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -


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

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