It’s just get­ting silly now

Spray string plea to shop­keep­ers falls on deaf ears

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Or­gan­is­ers of Ruther­glen’s big­gest gala day have vowed to keep on try­ing to per­suade shops to stop sell­ing silly string.

Lan­de­mer Day com­mit­tee mem­bers have had a con­stant bat­tle with traders who con­tinue to stock the cans of streamed liq­uid which lit­ters the Main Street each sum­mer.

And this year was no dif­fer­ent in the build up to the event set to take place on Satur­day, June 3.

Or­gan­is­ers con­tacted shops in the town to reach an agree­ment in a bid to re­duce the amount of mess left by youths.

But their pleas fell on deaf ears and they now face the prospect of hav­ing to clean the coloured spray off Ruther­glen Main Street for another year.

Ian Dun­can, sec­re­tary of the Lan­de­mer Com­mit­tee, ad­mit­ted or­gan­is­ers con­tacted stores and would not give up in their fight to help re­duce mess.

He said: “We’ve tried for years and years to get it stopped.

“It’s not just Ruther­glen, it’s Cam­bus­lang Sum­mer­fest as well.

“Un­for­tu­nately young peo­ple are get­ting hold of it and spray­ing it all over the Main Street.

“We’ve tried but we’re not giv­ing up. We went to In­spec­tor Jim Gillespie at the po­lice sta­tion but he told us they could do noth­ing be­cause there wasn’t any crime in­volved un­less it is used as a weapon.”

Traders are con­tin­u­ing to stock the items de­spite re­peated pleas from both the Lan­de­mer and Sum­mer­fest com­mit­tees not to sell them on the day.

As the string and dye wash off in the rain, us­ing it on the likes of bins and bus shel­ters is not a crim­i­nal of­fence.

How­ever, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil did need to de­ploy work­ers to clear up Ruther­glen Main Street af­ter Lan­de­mer Day last year.

The Re­former tried to con­tact one store, be­lieved to be the worst of­fender for stock­ing the string, but they failed to com­ment.

Strin­gling along South La­nark­shire Coun­cil had to de­ploy staff to clean up last year’s mess on Main Street

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