Thought for the Week
Over the last few months three of the banks in Main Street have closed.
This means that doing banking in the town is practically impossible; we have now been directed by our respective banks to a limited service at the Post Office.
For most of us it now entails travelling to Burnside and, for others, taking a trip into Glasgow or over to Shettleston.
I believe also the absence of the banks has had a considerable knock-on effect to the business that the remaining shops do in Cambuslang.
Older people in Cambuslang are quick to tell you how much the Main Street has changed over the years. They tell us that it was once a fine looking place, buildings were in good order and it was a hub of activity, with shops both numerous and varied.
The quantity has certainly diminished and there does not seem to be a variety that there once was.
The existing shops and shopkeepers, however, are still courteous and hard- working and we continue to be well served by them.
A shopping place, a market place, has always been an important space for a community.
It is not only a place where commerce and business takes place but it is also a meeting point for people.
It is important to work hard to make it presentable in appearance, a safe place alert to the needs of the community.
A good shopping place brings life and vitality into an area.
Encouragement should be given to people who plan and organise our towns.
Communities should also not let Main Streets die out of neglect or indifference. Fr Paul Morton St Bride’s Parish Church