Cllr Ann Le Blond

Rutherglen Reformer - - Cllr Ann Le Blond -

Grow­ing up I only got my pic­ture in the Ruther­glen Re­former a few times, but it was a big deal back in the day.

So I have to say it is a great hon­our to now be writ­ing this col­umn.

For those who do not know me I am a lo­cal girl, born in Ruther­glen Ma­ter­nity where my mum was a mid­wife.

I went to the lo­cal schools, was a mem­ber of the Brown­ies and the rugby club and only moved away af­ter univer­sity to then re­turn about three years later.

I am now liv­ing here with my daugh­ter and hus­band and re­ally do see it as a great area to live in.

About 10 years ago I no­ticed things that maybe I had not no­ticed when I was younger: lack of park­ing, lit­ter, pot­holes and a gen­eral lack of ameni­ties.

Be­ing some­one who loves a chal­lenge and or­gan­is­ing things, (my hus­band says I am bossy), I de­cided that maybe I could make a dif­fer­ence by get­ting in­volved in the lo­cal coun­cil.

When the op­por­tu­nity to stand as a coun­cil can­di­date came along I was thrilled and so far have loved the chal­lenge since be­ing elected.

I had a baby 18 months ago. I did not have many mum friends, but my own mum as­sured me that I would make some by join­ing groups and meeting peo­ple the way she had done back in the 1980s.

Where were these groups, though?

I had to do my own re­search and did not find a great deal and those that I did find were ex­pen­sive or over­sub­scribed.

For me, this is some­thing I would love to try and rec­tify as a coun­cil­lor.

More in­ter­ac­tion for ev­ery­one; older peo­ple, young peo­ple, mums, dads - ev­ery­one needs a com­mu­nity.

I would like to touch on the Gren­fell Tower tragedy in London.

I am sure like my­self, many read­ers have been think­ing of the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies, it re­ally is heart break­ing.

I also know that many peo­ple will be con­cerned about their build­ings and I asked last week for South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to up­date me with any per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion for ten­ants.

A full pub­lic en­quiry has been called and this has to give us the an­swers that ev­ery­one wants to know es­pe­cially so that changes can be made to pre­vent fur­ther tragedies.

On the an­niver­sary of Jo Cox’s mur­der, I would like to praise her fam­ily’s ef­fort to build her legacy and I will leave you with this quote from her maiden speech to par­lia­ment : “We are far more united and have far more in com­mon with each other than things that di­vide us.”


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