More cuts are on the way

East Kilbride News - - EAST KILBRIDE VIEW -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

It’s that time of year again when South La­nark­shire Coun­cil tell us the only thing they are cer­tain of is that there will be more cuts (Coun­cil in £18m cuts pro­pos­als, Novem­ber 21).

Clearly the mil­lions upon mil­lions of pounds which have been saved over the years has not been enough.

It is thor­oughly de­press­ing and I do hope that chil­dren, the el­derly and those most vul­ner­a­ble are pro­tected as much as pos­si­ble from what­ever sav­ings ideas are planned.

As for the pro­posed three per cent rise in coun­cil tax? The coun­cil needs to know we don’t all have deep pock­ets.

EK voter, via email


Dear Ed­i­tor,

Fi­nally! A with­drawal agree­ment over Brexit; not a trade deal – a with­drawal one.

And that’s a cru­cial point as when we leave on March 29, 2019, and en­ter a 21-month tran­si­tion pe­riod, it gives busi­ness and ser­vices time to pre­pare so no more ex­cuses.

Now is the time to get be­hind the Prime Min­is­ter and get this deal done in what has been a long, drawn-out process to try and undo 46 years of rules and reg­u­la­tions.

The chal­lenge to politi­cians of all par­ties is to act in the na­tion’s best in­ter­est. Who will do this?

We wait and see – democ­racy must win at the end of the day so enough of this ‘Peo­ple’s Vote’ none­sense and let’s give the PM credit.

De­spite be­ing at­tacked from the Brex­i­teers on one side and ‘re­moan­ers’ on the other, she has stuck at it and de­serves our thanks for do­ing that.

John Reilly, via email


Dear Ed­i­tor,

I am find­ing my vis­its to the town cen­tre off-putting these days be­cause of the mu­sic that’s played

over the pub­lic ad­dress sys­tem.

It never seems to change. It’s al­ways the same old stuff, usu­ally a fe­male voice wail­ing away.

There is never any six­ties or seven­ties mu­sic; never any in­stru­men­tal mu­sic; never any clas­si­cal mu­sic.

Shop­pers of the more ma­ture kind never seem to be con­sid­ered. Who de­cides what’s played? Twice I have re­quested this in­for­ma­tion from cen­tre man­age­ment but to no avail.

How­ever, Christ­mas is com­ing and, per­haps, they will be forced to change their tune or tunes. I live in hope but I’m not re­mov­ing the ear­muffs just yet.

Ian S David­son, St Leonards


Dear Ed­i­tor,

With re­gards to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s dik­tat on bins (Red-tag scheme, pre­vi­ous edi­tions of the News).

This sug­gests that mem­bers and of­fi­cers have for­got­ten that they are our ser­vants, not our masters. Ron­nie McLean, via email


Dear Ed­i­tor,

We would like to ac­knowl­edge the ex­cel­lent care Colin re­ceived in Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Hairmyres last month.

From the ca­su­alty staff to the coro­nary care unit and ward 9 staff, we thank you all.

Rose­mary & Colin Mur­ray, Calderwood

Fortress Im­pos­ing Al­nwick Cas­tle in Northum­ber­land draws tens of thou­sands of vis­i­tors and tourists ev­ery year. Send your land­scapes and scenic im­ages to [email protected]­k­il­bri­de­ for pub­li­ca­tion.

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