Be prepared for winter and know the council’s plans
Last month I said that Winter was well and truly on its way. And it did not disappoint. Our weather has changed and the cold crisp air has arrived – that makes this time of year, all the more authentic.
Of course, the weather also brings us challenges which we face, including managing our road networks and keeping people moving.
Therefore, I wanted to begin this month by encouraging all to familiarise themselves with their local authority’s winter service, policy and procedures’ document or winter resilience plans.
These documents are prepared by both South and North Lanarkshire Council and aim to set out the expectations of the types of service delivered during cold snaps.
The documents often feature locations of salt bins and where you can access additional support and information. It always helps to be prepared in these colder months in the year.
Last month, I highlighted the successful small business networking event which I hosted in Bothwell for local businesses in the Bothwell and Uddingston area.
Building on this theme of jobs and the local economy I spent time over the last month visiting a number of companies that operate in the Uddingston and Bellshill constituency, and I even joined my colleague, Fulton Macgregor MSP on a visit to Hermes Parcel Delivery centre, which was particularly timely ahead of the Christmas present rush.
These visits obviously provide an opportunity not only to hear more about the work being done but also to challenge and question some of the practices and approaches too.
On the topic of Christmas presents, there is one I hope we have kept the receipt for this December; that is Theresa May’s Brexit Deal, supported by only Theresa May and the remnants of her Cabinet.
I want to be clear, the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal will make Scotland poorer and deliver continued uncertainty. It will mean years of further negotiations with no guarantee that a trade deal with the EU will even be agreed.
I think that it shows the seriousness of the issue when the Scottish Parliament will be coming together to formally oppose both a ‘no deal’ option and the Prime Minister’s damaging Brexit deal.
The SNP are crystal clear, our first priority is staying in the EU, in line with the overwhelming vote in Scotland to remain and in line with the wishes of the people of Lanarkshire. We support another referendum on EU membership – a People’s vote, but short of that, the least damaging option is to remain in the Single Market and Customs Union and to continue to have a strong role in the European Union.
As always, I want to remind everyone that my constituency office remains open for consultation and anyone who requires any help at all is welcome to drop in and me and my team will be happy to help.
My surgeries are in Whitehill Neighbourhood Centre on the third Monday of the month at 5.30pm, along with Bothwell Community Centre at 4.30pm and Uddingston Community Centre at 6pm on the fourth Monday of the month.
If none of these opportunities are convenient anyone who requires any assistance can call 01698 479900 or email Richard.lyle. [email protected]liament.scot
However, my office shall be closed over the holidays from December 21 until January 7.
Finally, with Christmas Day fast approaching, I want to take the opportunity to wish each and every one of my constituents the very best for the festive season.
It is a truly special time of the year and I for one cannot wait to spend time with those closest to me over the holidays – and I hope that you enjoy that time too.
But also I would ask that you think of those who will have no one this Christmas and if possible, share in acts of love and kindness throughout the festive season.
A very Merry Christmas.