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Re­gen­er­a­tion fo­rum launch

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ef­forts to im­prove Cam­bus­lang Main Street have taken a step for­ward as the town’s com­mu­nity coun­cil pre­pares to launch a re­gen­er­a­tion fo­rum.

The group, which has al­ready brought green­ery to the Main Street with Cam­bus­lang in Bloom, is seek­ing to es­tab­lish two groups this au­tumn - a fo­rum to de­velop strat­egy and a work­ing group to im­ple­ment spe­cific ac­tions.

John Bachtler, trea­surer of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, said: “Firstly we want to cre­ate a fo­rum which brings to­gether elected mem­bers, coun­cil­lors from the lo­cal au­thor­ity, MP and MSP, com­mu­nity groups, res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tions, churches, busi­nesses, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil of­fi­cials and oth­ers with an in­ter­est in re­gen­er­at­ing Cam­bus­lang.

“The pur­pose of the fo­rum would be to agree an over­all strat­egy for the town. We have done a lot of sur­vey work gath­er­ing opin­ion from the com­mu­nity and busi­ness sec­tor and that needs trans­lated into a work­able strat­egy.

“Sec­ondly, we need an ac­tion group to take for­ward spe­cific ac­tions.”

Mr Bachtler added: “One of the big chal­lenges go­ing for­ward is ca­pac­ity. We need to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of the com­mu­nity coun­cil in terms of vol­un­teers who have time and the skills to con­trib­ute to the re­gen­er­a­tion group.”

The com­mu­nity coun­cil’s an­nounce­ment comes weeks after lo­cal res­i­dent Clare Wil­liamson launched a pe­ti­tion call­ing on the lo­cal au­thor­ity to com­mit to im­prov­ing Cam­bus­lang Main Street in the long-term.

Mr Bachtler wel­comed her pe­ti­tion, signed by more than 3,000 peo­ple, stat­ing it showed the strength of feel­ing on the is­sue.

Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has al­ready con­ducted a num­ber of meet­ings over the sum­mer months in a bid to ad­dress prob­lems it sees as fun­da­men­tal to re­gen­er­at­ing the town.

Mem­bers have suc­cess­fully cam­paigned to have the scope of the park and ride re­view widened to in­clude Main Street and the sur­round­ing area and have met with directors of RBS and Cly­des­dale banks to dis­cuss ac­cess to bank­ing fa­cil­i­ties ,in­clud­ing the avail­abil­ity of cash ma­chines.

Pos­i­tive meet­ings have also been held with lo­cal and Scot­tish gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, as well as the Scot­tish Towns Part­ner­ship, who pro­vided guid­ance and pos­si­ble fund­ing sources to sup­port the work of the group.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing for the com­mu­nity coun­cil or con­tribut­ing to the re­gen­er­a­tion ef­fort should email Cam­bus­

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