Mi­nor­ity coun­cil presents op­por­tu­ni­ties

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

I think it would be fair to say last week’s lo­cal elec­tion threw up some in­ter­est­ing re­sults in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Un­like gen­eral and Scot­tish elec­tions, it is very dif­fi­cult to gauge who has won a seat un­til the can­di­dates are on stage, which makes for a greater sense of drama.

And so it proved again on Fri­day with some sur­prise re­sults thrown up in the lo­cal area and across the re­gion.

The end re­sult is likely to be a mi­nor­ity SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion, some­thing that presents a real op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to have their say.

With the big­gest party re­ly­ing on the sup­port of oth­ers, the scope for cross­party agree­ment is large and that could be hugely ben­e­fi­cial to the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally mat­ter - the vot­ers.

Well done to all the can­di­dates who were elected. Let us hope they can leave their party rosettes at the door and re­mem­ber they are there to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

You can read our full re­port from the count on pages 10 and 11.

On page seven we lead with the news that over 1,000 chil­dren in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang had to rely on the lo­cal food bank in the past fi­nan­cial year.

What an ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing statis­tic. The work the vol­un­teers at the food bank do is in­cred­i­ble and they de­serve our ut­most thanks, but I am sure we would all rather they were not re­quired.

Else­where this week, our Out and About fea­ture took us to one of Ruther­glen Town Hall’s reg­u­lar tea dances. You can find out how we got on by turn­ing to pages 24 and 25.

Fi­nally, Road­watch on page 23 fea­tures a num­ber of new clo­sures and works, so make sure you plan ahead. Dou­glas Dickie

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