Roads boss: We did share in­for­ma­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s head of roads Gor­don Mackay said the coun­cil had shared the re­sults of the sur­vey with a lo­cal coun­cil­lor and had met with the com­mu­nity coun­cil af­ter its find­ings were known.

Re­spond­ing to the com­mu­nity coun­cil’s state­ment, he said: “Cam­bus­lang, like many of our towns and vil­lages, re­quires a bal­ance to be struck be­tween the needs of shop­pers, busi­nesses, res­i­dents and in this area some com­muter de­mand.

“A few years ago the coun­cil re­sponded to park­ing con­cerns of a lo­cal coun­cil­lor and busi­nesses and un­der­took an ex­ten­sive sur­vey. We also considered a pe­ti­tion rais­ing sim­i­lar is­sues.

“The sur­vey un­der­taken in 2013 con­cluded that the ma­jor­ity of busi­nesses op­er­at­ing along Main Street had busi­ness needs for ser­vice de­liv­ery to the frontage of their premises.

“Any pro­posal to change this space to cus­tomer park­ing would have had a di­rect im­pact on the abil­ity of busi­nesses to op­er­ate suc­cess­fully.

“There were also phys­i­cal con­straints which did not lend them­selves read­ily to al­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of fur­ther on-street park­ing.

“Tak­ing all fac­tors into con­sid­er­a­tion of­fi­cers came to the con­clu­sion that mak­ing changes to the cur­rent park­ing regime on Main Street was not nec­es­sary.

“Re­spond­ing to op­er­a­tional is­sues like these is also rou­tine busi­ness for our ser­vice and it was not nec­es­sary to take such mat­ters to com­mit­tee.

“The con­clu­sions of the sur­vey were passed at the time to the lo­cal coun­cil­lor and a sub­se­quent meet­ing was held with John Bachtler from the com­mu­nity coun­cil and some lo­cal busi­nesses.

“There­fore, to say this in­for­ma­tion has been sup­pressed is not ac­cu­rate.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing that Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has now cho­sen to raise these is­sues in such a man­ner, es­pe­cially as we have a meet­ing ar­ranged later in the month to con­sider these is­sues fur­ther.

“We wel­come any pro­pos­als that the com­mu­nity coun­cil has to ad­dress these com­pet­ing park­ing de­mands.”

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