Anger at coun­cil’s park­ing plan snub

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A coun­cil­lor claims Shotts would be as well be­ing in the Far East af­ter bungling coun­cil bosses failed to in­clude the town in its re­cent park­ing pro­pos­als.

At the coun­cil’s in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee last week, coun­cil­lors agreed to de­crim­i­nalise park­ing en­force­ment across North La­nark­shire with par­tic­u­lar ref­er­ence made to North La­nark­shire’s seven town cen­tres.

How­ever, within the coun­cil re­port there was no men­tion of Shotts de­spite it be­ing awarded town sta­tus back in 2015.

Wishaw coun­cil­lor Fiona Fother­ing­ham raised the is­sue that Shotts had not been specif­i­cally men­tioned and was told: “Of­fi­cers will be work­ing across North La­nark­shire, wher­ever there’s a need for de­crim­i­nalised park­ing en­force­ment.”

Shotts coun­cil­lor Tommy Cochrane be­lieves the town has once again been for­got­ten.

He said: “The seven other towns in North La­nark­shire were men­tioned in the com­mit­tee but there was noth­ing about Shotts.

“One coun­cil­lor asked the ques­tion on my be­half but it’s an­other slap in the face to Shotts. “I call it the Far East of North La­nark­shire. “We would be as well hav­ing a Hong Kong post­code as the coun­cil don’t seem in­ter­ested in us at all. If you look at the Glas­gow City Deal and in­deed the coun­cil’s Lo­cal Plan there is ab­so­lutely noth­ing in it for Shotts or in­deed the whole of For­tis­sat.”

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “It was stated at the In­fra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee that the De­crim­i­nalised Park­ing En­force­ment scheme will cover all towns, in­clud­ing Shotts.

“The park­ing en­force­ment of­fi­cers will op­er­ate as mo­bile teams across North La­nark­shire.”

Coun­cil­lor Cochrane also hit out at the planned re­duc­tion in open­ing hours of Shotts Leisure Cen­tre.

The po­ten­tial part-clo­sure of the cen­tre, which would mean open­ing from noon to 8pm, has been slammed by res­i­dents with Coun­cil­lor Cochrane back­ing their fight to save it from par­tial clo­sure.

He added: “We are try­ing to at­tract de­vel­op­ers and busi­nesses to base them­selves in Shotts and then they see more fa­cil­i­ties pos­si­bly go­ing.

“I may be old fash­ioned in my think­ing but com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties like leisure cen­tres should not be run for profit.”

Shotts Com­mu­nity Coun­cil mem­bers have or­gan­ised a pub­lic meet­ing to dis­cuss the out­come of the coun­cil’s bud­get con­sul­ta­tion.

It will be held on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 28, at 7.30pm in Shotts Bon Ac­cord So­cial Club.

Com­mu­nity coun­cil chair­man Joe Duffy added: “We wish to dis­cuss the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s plans for the in­vest­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion of Shotts as we can­not en­dure fur­ther losses to ser­vices and busi­nesses in our town.”

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