Cllr John Bradley

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

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.

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