‘Mind­less dam­age’ by bus shel­ter van­dals

Ac­tions of ‘a few anti-so­cial peo­ple’are con­demned

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Neds who have smashed bus shel­ters in Cam­bus­lang have been told their ac­tions are bring­ing down the com­mu­nity.

A series of in­ci­dents have been re­ported on the All About Cam­bus­lang Face­book page over the past fort­night.

And res­i­dents now want to see an end to the be­hav­iour in the town.

Strath­clyde Pas­sen­ger Trans­port (SPT), who have re­spon­si­bil­ity for bus shel­ters, con­firmed they have re­placed six panels on shel­ters re­cently at a cost of £514.

The first in­ci­dent hap­pened on Cam­bus­lang Main Street op­po­site the train sta­tion when one poly­car­bon­ate panel was bro­ken.

Two days later, five panels were de­stroyed at the stop on Hamil­ton Road, neat the Toll Pitch.

On both oc­ca­sions the con­trac­tor at­tended that day to clear the mess.

Both in­ci­dents hap­pened at the end of April but lo­cals have re­ported other in­ci­dents on Face­book since.

Anti-so­cial be­hav­iour was a ma­jor con­cern for lo­cal busi­nesses in Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil’s busi­ness sur­vey, re­leased ear­lier this year.

David Thomson, chair of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, said: “It’s ap­palling to see this mind­less dam­age.

“There are many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity work­ing to im­prove the Main Street with plant­ing and other mea­sures.

“Many of the busi­ness own­ers are also do­ing their best to sup­port im­prove­ments to the town cen­tre. All this is un­der­mined by the ac­tions of a few anti-so­cial peo­ple.

“The van­dal­ism high­lights the prob­lems cited in our com­mu­nity sur­vey and busi­ness sur­vey: the need for an im­proved po­lice pres­ence on the Main Street, es­pe­cially at times of the day and night when anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is most likely.”

A spokes­woman for SPT said: “Bus shel­ter van­dal­ism in­con­ve­niences pas­sen­gers and uses scarce pub­lic fi­nances to put right.

“It is anti-so­cial be­hav­iour which does put peo­ple off us­ing bus ser­vices, which in turn can lead to them be­ing with­drawn al­to­gether.”

In the past year, con­trac­tors have had to be called out to the town 10 times to deal with bro­ken bus shel­ters.

Dur­ing the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year, they were called out nine times in Ruther­glen.

No shel­ter The yobs smashed the shel­ters in the cen­tre of Cam­bus­lang. Picture: Paul Watt

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