Town’s park­ing is­sue needs a so­lu­tion for all

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Com­plaints about park­ing prob­lems in Cam­bus­lang are pretty much a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence these days.

Barely a week goes by with­out some­one men­tion­ing to the Re­former that “some­thing needs to be done” re­gard­ing pro­vi­sion in the town.

Traders, res­i­dents and the town’s com­mu­nity coun­cil see solv­ing the park­ing co­nun­drum as key to the over­all im­prove­ment of the Main Street area.

This week we re­veal that nearly 90 per cent of busi­nesses told South La­nark­shire Coun­cil that park­ing in the town did not meet the needs of their cus­tomers in 2013.

That is a pretty damn­ing statis­tic from the coun­cil’s point of view.

Ques­tions will be asked as to why of­fi­cers con­cluded that the park­ing sit­u­a­tion did not need changed de­spite such an over­whelm­ingly neg­a­tive view of it.

Traders will nat­u­rally feel their views have been ig­nored for the past four years. They re­ally could not have been clearer when asked if park­ing was up to stan­dard.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil know this is­sue is now un­likely to go away. With the two sides meet­ing at the end of this month, it is hoped that a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion can be found that will al­low traders to flour­ish on the Main Street once more.

You can read our special re­port on pages four and five.

Also this week, Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang paid trib­ute to those who have fought and died for their coun­try.

This time of year is al­ways poignant and the in­ter­est it cre­ates was high­lighted by big turnouts in both towns.

Turn to pages six and seven to see how the area paid its re­spects.

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