Elec­tion a chance to af­fect is­sues that mat­ter

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The edi­tor’s note is usu­ally the last thing I write for the Re­former each week.

But this week, it has been one of the first, be­cause the sub­ject mat­ter could only re­ally be one thing – the coun­cil elec­tions which take place to­mor­row (Thurs­day).

This week we have ded­i­cated five full pages of cov­er­age to the vote.

Five years ago less than 40 per cent of you voted in the coun­cil elec­tions. And with a gen­eral elec­tion now just around the cor­ner it is un­likely that fig­ure will be much im­proved on.

But I make no apolo­gies for push­ing so hard to get peo­ple to vote through the pages of the Re­former.

This elec­tion is not about Brexit or in­de­pen­dence – this is about roads, dog foul­ing, plan­ning is­sues, hous­ing, park­ing, the state of the pave­ments, lo­cal schools, leisure fa­cil­i­ties, bins, and fa­cil­i­ties for the el­derly.

Th­ese are all is­sues that af­fect us on a daily ba­sis and they are all is­sues the Re­former has had rea­son to cover in the past few months.

This vote mat­ters. It re­ally mat­ters, and that is why we want to make sure you can make as in­formed a choice as pos­si­ble.

You can read our fi­nal pre-elec­tion re­port on page four and turn to pages 30 to 33 to meet all your can­di­dates.

Else­where, on page six you can read an in-depth look at the coun­cil’s Main Is­sues Re­port which could have ma­jor im­pli­ca­tions for plan­ning de­ci­sions across Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

The news could be good for lovers of Holmhills Park, which looks set to be af­forded greater pro­tec­tion, and res­i­dents in Fern­hill, with part of the site of Blair­beth Golf Club ear­marked as a park.

Our green land is be­com­ing more pre­cious and any move to pro­tect what is left must be wel­comed.

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