Cllr John Bradley
The first few months of being a councillor have been very interesting and educational.
The council induction process was over before I blinked and I hadn’t been allocated a desk before I got my first constituent casework.
This was one of the main reasons that had prompted me to submit my name for selection.
The ability to help others is one of the very foundations of humanity and I will do my best to help whenever and wherever it is possible.
The number of committees that contribute to the successful administration of South Lanarkshire Council is quite formidable.
I have been selected to sit on a few committees including planning and licensing.
I also have the privilege of serving as the area committee chair and deputy chair of social work.
Along with these commitments I am also serving on several liaison bodies with external organisations.
Being a member of certain committees might lead you to believe that you can exert influence in generating favourable outcomes, but nothing could be further from that assumption.
Controversial topics in communities often generate demand for political opinion to be forthcoming.
Unfortunately, if opinion is recorded by individuals who are members of the planning committee, for example, then those same individuals are excluded from the decision making process as they have already aired their views.
As a consequence of this it is imperative that a balanced perspective is taken.
However, it is, of course, very important to be alert to issues that might come before a committee on which you sit.
I have been kept very busy during the past few months and, although the council was in recess during July, I was still dealing with requests for assistance and attending meetings and street surgeries in Cambuslang.
These surgeries, with our MSP, Clare Haughey, have proven to be popular and there is a continuing programme throughout it the coming months.
I am aware of several issues that are causing concern.
Traffic volume and speed in certain areas can be very irritating to residents and it is mandatory that drivers adhere to recommended speed limits in these areas.
Community participation needs to be fleshed out and I am conscious of the need to develop this theme.
To this end I will work hard to ensure that proposals that have been brought forward, by Cambuslang Community Council will start to bear fruit in the near future.
As always, I look forward to serving the residents of CambuslangWest.
If there is any council-related matter I can assist with please do not hesitate in emailing me at: John. Bradley@southlanarkshire.gcsx. gov.uk