Bet­ter park­ing is key to im­prov­ing sit­u­a­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.”

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