Time to swat Sil­ver­ton lit­ter­bugs

Lennox Herald - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

He or she says “it is time oth­ers had their say” and ends his or her first para­graph with: “We are all en­ti­tled to have a view and a say.”

To that, I ask where has he or she been liv­ing for the past six weeks?

The ap­pli­ca­tion was ad­ver­tised in the press and com­ments in­vited. Did your anony­mous cor­re­spon­dent send in com­ments?

Ev­ery house­hold and other premises near the site were sent neigh­bour no­ti­fi­ca­tions, again ask­ing for com­ments. If your anony­mous cor­re­spon­dent is a neigh­bour, did he or she send in com­ments?

The Rain­bow Val­ley web­site ad­ver­tised the ap­pli­ca­tion and even went as far as to sup­ply a pro forma let­ter of sup­port and a di­rect link to na­tional park plan­ning with sug­ges­tions how to sup­port. Did your anony­mous cor­re­spon­dent send in com­ments to that?

No in­ter­net con­nec­tion? Gar­tocharn has a func­tion­ing sub-post of­fice with mail up­lifted ev­ery day. Did your anony­mous cor­re­spon­dent use that to make com­ment?

The lo­ca­tion of the na­tional park head­quar­ters is well known. Any­one vis­it­ing it is sure of a friendly and cour­te­ous welcome. Did your anony­mous cor­re­spon­dent hand in com­ments there?

Peo­ple from all over the coun­try and some from over­seas have taken the time to have their say and ex­press their views.

He or she goes on to the pre­vi­ous CHAS ap­pli­ca­tion for Robin House and men­tions Kil­maronock Com­mu­nity Coun­cil’s stance.

Bill Heaney, writ­ing two weeks ago, said “the plan­ning laws must re­main in­tact”. He is right.

Kil­maronock Com­mu­nity Coun­cil is a statu­tory con­sul­tee and should up­hold the plan­ning laws un­less there was an over­whelm­ing rea­son for com­ing out against them. There was no such over­whelm­ing rea­son then and no such rea­son now. Al­ter­na­tive It was only a mat­ter of time I guess. For as long as I can re­mem­ber the good cit­i­zens of Sil­ver­ton took care of this neigh­bour­hood and you rarely saw garbage left on our streets, even though there were few bins around.

This was be­cause we took a pride in where we lived and didn’t throw any­thing on to the streets/pave­ments but took them home to dis­pose of.

Sadly, ei­ther we have a re­cent in­flux of new ten­ants who have brought with them an at­ti­tude to clean­li­ness that should have been left be­hind when they came to a bet­ter place or Af­ter read­ing the let­ter from some­one anony­mously (Letters, Len­nox Her­ald, July 31) claim­ing that not all peo­ple are against the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the field be­hind Gar­tocharn church, I have con­sid­ered the re­sponse of the lo­cal com­mu­nity who at­tended the meet­ing at the Mil­len­nium Hall on July 8.

There were around 120 peo­ple at the meet­ing, of which 115 peo­ple put their hands up to in­di­cate that they were against the ap­pli­ca­tion. No-one put their hand up to in­di­cate that they were in favour and no-one in­di­cated that they wanted to ab­stain, so I am left won­der­ing where are all these peo­ple who were sup­pos­edly in favour of this joint ven­ture?

When Iain Methven made an ap­pli­ca­tion in 2012 for houses in the same field, it was re­jected by the Loch Lomond and the Trossach Na­tional the area has be­come pop­u­lar with (par­tic­u­larly at week­ends) peo­ple who con­gre­gate or pass through with scant re­gard to the fact that we live in a nice place and like to keep it that way.

To some who may be con­fused, those big green things that you put empty bot­tles and cans in are NOT bins – they’re hedges, which peo­ple here try to keep nice and tidy.

And we’d much ap­pre­ci­ate if you’d take your rub­bish back to your own neigh­bour­hoods where their dis­posal on the street would, most likely, not look out of place if that’s your at­ti­tudes.

We’d ac­tu­ally much ap­pre­ci­ate it if We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate here at the sher­iff court tea­room the peo­ple who help us to fundraise for the Chil­dren’s Hos­pice As­so­ci­a­tion Scot­land, which runs Robin House at Bal­loch, and the ex­cel­lent media cov­er­age that goes along with that, which is a great help to us.

We were de­lighted with the ex­cel­lent pho­to­graph of Dum­bar­ton so­lic­i­tors Scott Adair, Kenny Clark, Lau­ren Kerr and Gil­lian Bow­man hand­ing over a won­der­ful cheque in the court here for £1750 to Scott Maxwell of CHAS.

The money was raised by the mag­nif­i­cent ef­forts of the four afore­men­tioned so­lic­i­tors by par­tic­i­pat­ing in a re­cent marathon. We are re­ally grate­ful to these so­lic­i­tors and to ev­ery­one at the court for all they do for us. The new bike bus ser­vice from Bal­loch to Ardgarten goes back and forth four times a day and stops at var­i­ous places in be­tween. This is a good ex­am­ple of gov­ern­ment funds well spent. you didn’t come here at all. We also don’t ap­pre­ci­ate be­ing asked to “go in to the shop for me Mis­sus?” as it’s illegal and is also a pos­si­ble rea­son why you no longer spend time where you come from as peo­ple and po­lice know you now.

Chances are you don’t or can’t read the Len­nox Her­ald but maybe some who do can pass this mes­sage on to you.

To WDC, could I ask that you put a cou­ple or more bins near the area of Sil­ver­ton’s shops to give them ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to use them, although it may be a lost cause al­ready.

We live in hope.

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