From dog fouling to anti-social behaviour
When the Reformer took to Rutherglen Main Street to ask what the top priorities should be for Rutherglen Central and North, we had plenty of diverse responses.
Many issues raised were bread and butter council issues, such as anti-social behaviour, more things for youngsters to do and dog fouling.
Mums Stacy Curry and Stroma Rosie were out taking their wee ones for a walk when we stopped them for a chat.
They would like to a greater focus on activities for disabled youngsters.
Stacy said: “There’s not much for kids, especially any that are disabled.
Stroma added: “It’d be good if there was more done to involve them with mainstream groups – even the things in the parks are more for mainstream kids.
“You can’t really enjoy much at Overtoun Park.”
Local woman Liz Quigley would like to see extra facilities too, as it might counter on anti-social behaviour in the area.
She said: “The biggest issue is the amount of kids who hang out around the Main Street and the buildings nearby.
“That has been an ongoing issue for three years. I’ve emailed and phoned about it and nothing has been done about it yet.
“Whoever gets elected needs to listen to people who have to face these issues every day. It feels like banging your head against a brick wall.
“Every second weekend you’re having to phone the police or hearing about something. There’s nothing here to do for kids, but I don’t know whatthe answer is.
“There isn’t anywhere in the local area that they can really go, so you see them hanging around or getting drunk on the street.”
Making sure the area’s transport is improved was another issue.
Bill Savage said:“The bus services could be better.
“You used to get the regular No 12 bus, but the service is a lot worse now.”
One man called for more action to be taken on improving the state of the streets, with one issue in particular standing out.
Scott Foley said :“Dog fouling is disgusting. It’s the most anti-social thing that I can think of, and not enough is done to stop it.” However there was optimism from some locals. George Algie was satisfied with the area, and hoped that things would continue on the right path.
He told the Reformer: “You can always improve things, but I can’t think of anything that needs drastically improved.
“As long as the council keep improving schools and things in the area then that’s what’s important.”
Helping youngsters Stroma Rosie
Transport Bill Savage
Satisfied George Algie
More To Do Stacy Currie