Better parking is key to improving situation
Councillor Margaret Walker met with traders last week to discuss the situation.
She believes improving parking is key to the future of the street and called on the remit of a study into a potential park and ride facility serving the train station to be extended.
She said:“I’m particularly concerned that the response to the request under community empowerment legislation to expand the parking review to include Cambuslang Main Street has not been given sufficient consideration.
“I have expressed these concerns to SLC and I intend to pursue this as it is a clear priority for the residents and the businesses on the Main Street.
“The community council has done a tremendous job in producing a business plan and providing ideas to improve the Main Street which should and must be given due consideration.
“I have asked the council to review its response and explore a more positive outcome to the parking situation which will be of benefit to the whole community.”
Councillor John Bradley said parking was“fundamental”in terms of improving the street, adding:“All the councillors for Cambuslang West agree that getting this part of the plan right is at the forefront of attracting new business as well as helping existing business.
“We are currently hoping to influence this issue in conjunction with park and ride facilities within the town.”
Speaking about shop leases, he added:“It is unlikely that council involvement would be required unless it’s a change of use or requires license or public regulation.”
Responding to claims councillors were being led by officers, Paul Manning, executive director of finance and corporate resources, said:“There are clearly defined roles within local government which are strictly adhered to.
“In summary, while officers with specific expertise and experience support and advise elected members, all policy and strategy decisions are taken by councillors who have been elected to represent local residents.
“In the case of Cambuslang Main Street, officers in community and enterprise continue to work with local elected members, businesses and other members of the community to improve the area and support local traders.”