Cllr Katy Loudon

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

It was an hon­our and a priv­i­lege to be elected as a coun­cil­lor for Cam­bus­lang East on May 4.

As a new coun­cil­lor it has been a steep learn­ing curve but, as part of the new SNP administration, I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with oth­ers across the coun­cil to help de­liver our am­bi­tious man­i­festo com­mit­ments for South La­nark­shire and Cam­bus­lang.

As a trained teacher, I am par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to my role as chair of the ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee, work­ing closely with schools, teach­ers, as well as na­tional govern­ment, to con­tinue the great work al­ready be­ing done in our schools and work­ing to­gether to im­prove at­tain­ment.

One of the sat­is­fy­ing as­pects of my role as a coun­cil­lor is get­ting to meet con­stituents and com­mu­nity groups in Cam­bus­lang and else­where and to see the great work they are do­ing .

I was de­lighted to at­tend the re­cent Trin­ity High lower school prize giv­ing, the sum­mer fair and par­ent coun­cil at Hall­side Pri­mary, the sum­mer cel­e­bra­tion at Park View Pri­mary and the sum­mer show at Cairns Pri­mary.

I also re­cently at­tended Sum­mer­fest and New­ton Gala Day, great com­mu­nity events which are a credit to their or­gan­is­ers.

I was par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested to hear more about the new com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity which will be ad­ja­cent to the new New­ton Farm Pri­mary. This will con­tain sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties that will be avail­able to the pub­lic and clubs. I also at­tended the open­ing of the Par­ticip8 hub in New­ton which will also be avail­able to lo­cal groups.

It was good to celebrate the suc­cess and hard work of vol­un­teers and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions across South La­nark­shire at the VASLan awards, where vol­un­teers from LEAP and 138th Glas­gow Scouts (based in Cam­bus­lang) were recog­nised for their ser­vice. Ten years of youth work in South La­nark­shire was also cel­e­brated re­cently by the Re­gen:FX Trust at their awards cer­e­mony. As part of my role as chair of ed­u­ca­tion, I have had reg­u­lar catch-up meet­ings with ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers.

In the spirit of open­ness that the new SNP administration want to es­tab­lish, I have sug­gested at com­mit­tee that we con­sider how best to rep­re­sent par­ents and teach­ers from var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tional es­tab­lish­ments on the com­mit­tee, in­clud­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of ad­di­tional spe­cial needs.

On the same note, I was de­lighted to see that a task and fin­ish group has been set up to con­sider form­ing a pe­ti­tions com­mit­tee as part of the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion mak­ing process.

Surg­eries will take place af­ter the schools re­turn, and will be ad­ver­tised on-line and around Cam­bus­lang.

Please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact me on so­cial me­dia or on katy.loudon@ south­la­nark­shire.gov.uk. As well as con­stituent enquiries, I am par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in hear­ing about lo­cal groups who would like to make con­tact with their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive, or have rep­re­sen­ta­tion at a meet­ing.

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