Gear­ing up for the vote

Our fo­cus on the fi­nal ward of our in-depth elec­tion cov­er­age took us to Ruther­glen Main Street to see what vot­ers thought

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -

We have re­built or re­newed ev­ery school in Ruther­glen and will in­vest in state of the art IT for these schools.

We have also in­cluded MUGA pitches for com­mu­nity use.

Over­toun Park play fa­cil­i­ties and two other parks in Burn­side and Fern­hill are due to be up­graded as part of the Cathkin Re­lief Road project. South La­nark­shire Leisure of­fer con­ces­sions for un­der 16s and works in part­ner­ship with South La­nark­shire Dis­abil­ity Sport, but we are al­ways open to dis­cussing ideas about how to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

Dog foul­ing is a per­sis­tent is­sue. The coun­cil re­cently trained com­mu­nity war­dens to is­sue penalty no­tices. If you know some­one who isn’t clean­ing up af­ter their dog call 0800 389 1105.

As coun­cil­lors, we would work closely with lo­cal groups, com­mu­nity war­dens, and po­lice to tackle anti-so­cial be­haviour.

A good pub­lic trans­port sys­tem is vi­tal. We are call­ing for the re-reg­u­la­tion of the bus in­dus­try to en­sure that ser­vices are run for peo­ple. The SNP are pri­ori­tis­ing clos­ing the at­tain­ment gap and giv­ing more power to schools, to al­low teach­ers, par­ents and com­mu­ni­ties to make the best de­ci­sions.

Lo­cal pri­mary schools have been awarded Scot­tish Government fund­ing (Bankhead £97,200, Burgh £102,000 and St Colum­bkilles £76,800).

We will with work com­mu­ni­ties and de­liver real par­tic­i­pa­tion. We will de­volve one per cent of coun­cil bud­get to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, so money is spent on things lo­cal peo­ple want and need, such as more ac­ces­si­ble play equip­ment for our dis­abled and very young chil­dren, and to em­ploy lo­cal dog war­dens.

We will change coun­cil pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dures and work with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth em­ploy­ment through ap­pren­tice­ships.

SLC has three mem­bers on the Strath­clyde Pas­sen­ger Trans­port board. We will in­ves­ti­gate lo­cal so­lu­tions to im­prove bus ser­vices, in­clud­ing the op­tion of pub­licly-run ser­vices.

LIB DEM

The key chal­lenges in the ward are the town cen­tre and park­ing con­ges­tion on ar­eas like Reid Street or Green­hill Street.

I want a dy­namic Town Cen­tre Ac­tion Group with good lead­er­ship to im­prove the area, at­tract new busi­ness and im­prove park­ing ar­range­ments.

I sup­port a re­newed cam­paign to tackle dog foul­ing fo­cus­ing on the worst ar­eas with posters, more bins and ac­tion by dog war­dens.

Lib­eral Democrats want ac­tion to deal with roofs, rough­cast, close paint­ing and bin shel­ters in the older coun­cil houses.

I have worked in home care and know the im­por­tance of car­ers hav­ing time with peo­ple.

Older peo­ple should feel safe, se­cure and sup­ported in their own homes. I am keen to see more ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties like David Walker House de­vel­oped and that flex­i­ble care sup­port is speed­ily avail­able.

The point about play equip­ment be­ing suit­able for dis­abled chil­dren is right. We must make sure that dis­abled peo­ple’s needs are fully met.

CON­SER­VA­TIVE

Anti-so­cial be­haviour on Ruther­glen Main Street is a con­cern which is fre­quently raised by vot­ers in our com­mu­nity.

It is vi­tal that newly elected coun­cil­lors bring a fresh fo­cus to tak­ing ac­tion on mat­ters like this.

As well as sup­port­ing the po­lice where a crime has been com­mit­ted, the coun­cil should re­view li­cens­ing ar­range­ments around par­tic­u­lar trou­ble hotspots.

Green spa­ces are at a premium in Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North so it is im­por­tant that spa­ces like Over­toun Park are main­tained and im­proved by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil. When re­gen­er­a­tion of our parks does take place, it is im­por­tant that lo­cal ser­vices are pro­vided to in­clude ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity.

In terms of schools, the coun­cil should pri­ori­tise in­vest­ment in lo­cal schools in all fu­ture bud­gets. If I am elected on May 4, I will cam­paign for greater in­vest­ment from our lo­cal coun­cil not just in school build­ings, which have been up­graded in re­cent years, but in sup­port­ing chil­dren from all back­grounds to ful­fil their po­ten­tial in ed­u­ca­tion.

GREEN

I find it con­cern­ing res­i­dents are rais­ing is­sues with pub­lic ser­vices that have seen cuts and con­tinue to be at risk.

Com­mu­nity leisure fa­cil­i­ties have de­creased and this can risk the in­crease of loi­ter­ing and po­ten­tial anti-so­cial be­haviour. Through open con­sul­ta­tion Green coun­cil­lors aim to put the power in your hands to sug­gest how ser­vices are run across the coun­cil.

In­clu­sion is cru­cial in leisure ser­vices and this will be at the heart of any de­bate where a Green coun­cil­lor is present; equal­ity is a foun­da­tion of Green pol­i­tics. As for dog foul­ing and lit­ter­ing in gen­eral the re­cep­ta­cles have to be avail­able to en­cour­age the masses to utilise; in­clud­ing more re­cy­cling points.

Trans­port links is a pri­or­ity for the Scot­tish Green Party to cam­paign for and im­ple­ment cleaner and greener ef­fi­cient trans­port links.

We be­lieve that buses should be run to ben­e­fit the pub­lic not the share­hold­ers. When a ser­vice is run for profit the‘un­prof­itable’routes will be cut and that is un­ac­cept­able when it is a pub­lic good or ser­vice.

Va­ri­ety Vot­ers on Ruther­glen Main Street had a di­verse range of is­sues they wanted to see ad­dressed 280116main­st_05

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