Letters to the Editor – March 21, 2012

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READERS have their say on the issues which matter – including Kirky town hall, dog dirt and a £20k makeover for a roundabout!

Revamp of town hall “unviable”

THERE has been a lot of talk over the years about Kirkintilloch Town Hall and quite rightly, since it has played a very important part in our social life.

There is no question that we must have our town hall back. But wait for it – the existing structure is more than a hundred years old, the vast majority of the sandstone is disintegrating, mortar in many joints is crumbling, there is a considerable amount of water ingress in the basement, there is extensive dry rot and the whole structure is giving cause for concern.

In structural terms it will be non-viable to refurbish a building in such a state. Accept that it has got historic importance, but let’s face it, we have to move on.

I would like to see the present dilapidated structure demolished and a new town hall, an iconic structure with challenging and innovative ideas, designed and built that all of us will be proud of.

And I dare say it may not be much more expensive than the cost of refurbishing. So don’t get carried away, think of our present needs and our future generation.

Arun Save

Laxton Drive

Lenzie.

Dog dirt on canal bridge

WITH reference to the recent articles about dog dirt and litter, I was visiting a friend who stays in Kirkintilloch recently and we went for a walk to the Marina and surrounding areas.

We were both shocked to see the amount of dog dirt ON the bridge (at least six separate pieces) and also dotted all around the Marina area itself. Plus the amount of litter both in the canal and around the back gate area of St Ninian’s High was shocking, to say the least.

These irresponsible dog owners spoil things for people who genuinely care for the environment. Perhaps this is an instance when CCTV cameras would benefit by catching those who devastate these areas? As Kirkintilloch is a Walkers are Welcome town it would be nice to be able to walk without having to watch where you put your feet every few steps! The litter louts are just as bad and should also be hopefully named and shamed.

At school lunchtimes the roads are awash with food cartons, crisp/cigarette packets, bottles, etc, in Bellfield Road, with two council employees going round picking up after the pupils go back in.

There are litter bins available in the area so there is no excuse.

Name and address supplied.

Cash for “insult” condemned

I MUST join with Cllr Anne McNair (Herald, March 14) and express my feelings of disgust and dismay at the obscene amount of money spent on ‘refurbishing’ the Kelvinbridge Roundabout in Torrance.

There was nothing wrong with the roundabout, in fact it was a much more attractive sight than that with which we are now faced.

Not only is it unattractive it is also an insult both to the community and history of Torrance. Where is the ‘nearby historic mill’ that was the ‘inspiration’ for this amateur attempt at art? Torrance certainly did have a corn mill at one time, but there is now nothing left to indicate that it once existed.

So where is this nearby historic mill and what is its significance to Torrance? The village of Torrance of Campsie was primarily an agricultural settlement and began to grow in the early 19th century around a small-scale weaving industry and grew yet again with the advent of the railway.

Surely if East Dunbartonshire Council was determined to squander money in this way it would have been much more appropriate to have a representation of one of these industries.

As to the part played in this by Torrance Community Council; where was the community consultation? My understanding is that community councils were set up to work in the best interests of the community, there is no sign of that here. As Cllr McNair has also said, the money could have been used to repair the vast number of potholes on our roads; it could also have paid the salary of a street sweeper for Torrance which is rapidly becoming the litter and dog dirt capital of East Dunbartonshire.

What is the point of spending all this money on a refurbishment that it claimed improves the environment if the village itself is in a filthy state? David Devine, the head of EDC’s roads and neighbourhood services, states that these works “contribute to the wider overall enhancement of East Dunbartonshire’s roads”. Surely you are joking Mr Devine?

Shame on all of you involved in this disgrace.

Name and address supplied.

WHAT a disgrace – £20,000 to make-over a roundabout which was okay for purpose. The money should have been used to have footpaths and walkways cleaned of dog poo and storm debris. Poor drainage which results in muddy areas also needs attention.

Anne Stevenson,

Forth Road, Torrance.

Councillor Hendry is claiming the roundabout refurbishment scheme received “full backing” from councillors (Herald, March 14). The problem with this claim is that councillors were not told the cost of the refurbishment, not all councillors were shown the proposed designs and any support was given on the understanding that there would be external funding through sponsorship from local businesses.

If elected members had been told that the full cost was to be covered by the council there would have been little, if any, support for the scheme.

Cllr Anne McNair,

Bishopbriggs North and Torrance.

Welcome to Bishopbriggs

ARRIVE by train on the convenient service from Glasgow Queen Street, taking care to avoid the 16.19 service which will have no seats available and you will be roundly shoved out of the way by groups of children on the way home from their private schools.

Walk through the village centre and be astounded at the range of betting opportunities.

Seek then Bishopbriggs Park. The easiest way to find this is to follow our unique tourist trail of discarded food wrappers which will lead you to the picturesque polluted burn and subsequently to the park itself.

Continuing along the food wrapper trail visit the dilapidated playground with its storm-damaged play equipment, climbing frame and slide, and outstanding artwork on the swings. Look to your left and you will see an array of graffiti, with a possible sighting of some locals enjoying a beer or two which will be discarded in an artistic fashion.

Explore further into the streets around the park and continue following the food wrapper trail to one of our local eco high schools!

There is, of course, the added attraction of our local pastime – ‘avoid the dog mess’ (provided by those residents who just can’t clean up after their pets, this is a very small minority of owners though, it has to be said).

Give yourself a bigger challenge by pushing a pram at the same time! Oh yes, Bishopbriggs – well worth a visit – if you really want to!

Calum Graham,

Bishopbriggs.

Cost of HQ?

I FIND it unbelievable that East Dunbartonshire Council was proposing day care charges to save a paltry £5,000 per year and, at the same time, unveiling plans to build a brand new corporate HQ.

How much will this cost and where is the money coming from?

Why not remain at Tom Johnston House, which is more than adequate, and the money saved could be used to protect vital services in the area?

MF, Lenzie.

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