Com­mu­nity are ready to elect their new coun­cil

Rutherglen Reformer - - Ward 11 :Rutherglen South - Dou­glas Dickie

To­mor­row the cam­paign­ing will stop and the 29 can­di­dates vy­ing for 12 po­si­tions on South La­nark­shire Coun­cil will put their trust in the peo­ple of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

The de­ci­sion you and the rest of South La­nark­shire makes will have a ma­jor im­pact on day-to-day life in the two towns over the next five years.

No mat­ter what hap­pens, change is in the air. South La­nark­shire was led by a Labour ma­jor­ity. That is im­pos­si­ble this time.

The SNP are des­per­ate to turn the area yel­low, yet the elec­toral sys­tem used makes an over­all ma­jor­ity in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult.

The Tories and Lib Dems will be hop­ing to make gains while the Scot­tish Greens will see an op­por­tu­nity to make a elec­toral break­through in South La­nark­shire.

A num­ber of sit­ting coun­cil­lors are not stand­ing this time around, among them Ed­die McAvoy who led the coun­cil for 17 years.

Over the past few weeks we have fo­cussed on each in­di­vid­ual ward. Many of the is­sues fac­ing com­mu­ni­ties are unique, but so many more are the same con­cerns.

The count, which is tak­ing place on Fri­day, will take place at East Kilbride’s John Wright Sports Cen­tre. By Fri­day tea time we should know the make up of the coun­cil.

In Ruther­glen South there are six can­di­dates and Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North has seven.

Per­haps re­flect­ing the con­cerns over the fu­ture of Cam­bus­lang, eight will con­test both Cam­bus­lang West and East.

Of those can­di­dates, seven are SNP and six are Labour. There is four each from the Tories, Lib Dems and Greens with UKIP stand­ing a can­di­date in two wards. A Scot­tish Union­ist Party can­di­date and in­de­pen­dent make up the num­bers.

Lets meet those who want your vote.

Polling day The bal­lot boxes await your voit­ing slips

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