Letters to the Editor - August 3, 2011

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Local Plan

IT’S fairly rare for Scottish councils to be taken severely to task on planning matters, but then, given the Planning Minister’s constituency is in North Lanarkshire, and one cannot imagine him being exactly ‘best pals’ with the council, I shouldn’t have been too surprised that the council’s finalised Draft Local Plan is under serious assault by his office.

This appears to be due to the vehement objections to the plan by the big housebuilders.

Now despite the lengthy, sensibly measured study which is the plan, Mr Neil thinks it necessary to call in and refer the plan to a Reporter in his Directorate of Planning and Environment, and to include the provision of almost 9,000 additional new homes, maybe circa 10,000 if Gartloch were to be included, and which would create the largest exercise of injurious habitational coalescence in almost a century.

In the current climate of concern involving the Murdoch media, the police and the government, is it any wonder that minds might be in turmoil over this matter which, in size at any rate, is almost without precedent.

On the other hand, it might be thought that it’s only a petty minded attempt to deal with Labour’s so-called central Scotland stronghold, which may be the envy of Alex Neil’s party. Perhaps not; after all, his colleague Frances McGlinchey has been supporting a wee group in Chryston who have objected to the building of a few necessary homes there.

One wonders how she’ll explain this one!

Even so, now that the cat’s out of the bag so to speak, will she support a call for the period of time of the consultation on the minister’s action to be extended reasonably in relation to the enormity of that action?

Charles Gray,

Chryston.

Town centre

SO there is a masterplan to transform Kirkintilloch town centre. Good.

And what a fine setting for our town centre is Union Street and Regent Gardens.

We are fortunate that there are so many beautiful buildings in Union Street: the Catholic church and its outstandingly fine parish hall; the two medical centres, each with its own, distinctive architectural style, while even the Regent Centre is quite easy on the eye.

The gardens have been nicely terraced and, most of the time, have flower beds in bloom.

This morning as I walked along Union Street in the (rare) sunshine, it looked like a fitting centre for an historic town - and then my eye fell on the town hall. Oh dear!

How ironic that the town hall is the one blot on this otherwise fine town centre.

Please, oh please, let something be done to restore it to usefulness and so that it actually enhances the other fine buildings and gardens in the street, instead of ruining the whole aspect.

Dorothy McQuaker,

Kirkintilloch.

Thank you

JUST a wee thank you to the drivers of the wee “shuttle bus” going round Lenzie the last couple of weeks.

Boghead Road and Gallowhill were having repairs done, it was a real pleasure travelling with them.

Wish we could have you permanently. Thank you. Please come back soon.

Mary Campbell,

Lenzie.

Home vandalised

IT is a sad state of affairs that certain groups of young people have nothing better to do during school holidays than enter other peoples property intent on doing damage.

On Tuesday, July 26 five of my windows were smashed, flowers deliberately broken, green bins emptied and upturned and broken bits of china spread over the entrance to the house - no doubt with puncturing tyres in mind. I carried a bagful of the broken china to the police station, but no interest was shown.

My neighbour heard the glass breaking and came on the scene.

He said that a girl and four boys were involved in the incident, though I understand the police mentioned there were nine in the vicinity of my house. My neighbour said the aforementioned five were between 13-14 years old approximately.

I’m quite sure their parents had no idea where they were or what they were doing that afternoon at 2pm. Or did they care?

It’s a pity the parents cannot be made to pay for the damage done by their offspring.

There are so many hardworking young people working in the community in their spare time, including school holidays.

They are an example to the “yob” mentality of these other groups.

I dread the school holidays every year.

When all this happened I was accompanying a deaf and blind lady to Gartnavel Hospital. I had taken her as an emergency patient to the eye department, she was in such pain.

Lenzie resident

(53 years)

Campsie View

HAVE you all read the two documents Mr Thomas Glen refers to in the Kirkintilloch Herald?

If not, I do not think you have the right to vote for the Dawn Homes Quarry Development at the Planning Board meeting on August, 2. Ian Sinclair and I (no relation) have read them both and are not happy with the contents.

During the consultation notice both Maria Porch, Planner and Kathleen McWhirter, Access Officer, promised me that the Right of Way S5137 would be kept open, but nobody can tell me how it can be kept open when all the construction lorries have to cross over it to gain access from the Campsie View estate to the construction site, Helen Todd of Ramblers HQ Scotland has already said that R of W path must be securely fenced off for the safety of everyone especially the children.

Do all the Councillors know that Turnberry Homes have erected a 10ft high wooden wall along their boundary, which means Dawn Homes cannot use Turnberry Homes land to take their lorries on to the Glasgow Road, which means all lorries have to go through the narrow streets of Campsie View.

In connection with taking samples from the land in question - how was this possible when there is so much growth in the area, this year you cannot see any ground?

Nobody wants the Quarry site developed except Dawn Homes and the Council who stand to gain.

Penny Sinclair,

Kirkintilloch.

AS a long standing resident I have watched over the years as housing developments have encroached the green fields surrounding Lenzie.

I therefore find it very surprising that some of those who now occupy houses standing on former agricultural land are so vehemently opposed to more homes being built. Indeed, I wonder if it has occurred to them that their homes were built without opposition despite having exactly the same environmental impact as the developments currently proposed.

Name and address supplied.