Be pre­pared for win­ter and know the coun­cil’s plans

Hamilton Advertiser - - HAMILTON VIEW -

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.

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