News and sporting review of 2010 - September-December

THE final part of the Herald's look back at the year in news and sport.

September

* East Dunbartonshire Council did a u-turn on its decision to charge more primary pupils for their school transport.

* More than 3,500 people signed a petition against plans to build a large new supermarket in Bishopbriggs town centre.

* There were fears that more than 1,100 jobs could go as North Lanarkshire Council tried to slash a minimum of 55million from its budget over two years.

* Football pitches at the old St Augustine's Secondary School in Milton, where Kenny Dalglish was discovered, were given new life with a 250,000 revamp.

* Rob Roy suffered a setback when top goalscorer Craig Feroz was ruled out with a shoulder injury. He landed awkwardly in a game against Lanark United and it was feared he could be out for three months.

* Petershill were happy to settle for a point as they held Rob Roy to a 2-2 draw.

* Champion wrestler Gemma McNeill won the Scottish Ladies Open Heavyweight Championship 2010 title at Stirling Highland Games. Gemma, from Roystonhill, trains at Red Road Wrestling Club.

* Torrance Victoria Bowling Club offered locals the chance to try their hands at the sport.

October

* Police said they were winning the war against violence in East Dunbartonshire after new figures revealed a 37 per cent drop in the number of incidents.

* The future was looking bright for Strathkelvin Retail Park after it was announced that talks were ongoing to bring Frankie & Benny's and Starbucks to the area.

* Plans by CCG Scotland Ltd to build 24 flats and three houses on Cumbernauld Road, Muirhead, were slammed by Chryston Community Council amidst fears they could overshadow existing residents' homes.

* Royston was set to receive 1million after it was chosen to benefit from the Big Lottery Fund's Our Place programme.

* Redbrae Amateurs won 14-0 against Condorrat to reach the third round of the Scottish Cup.

* Young boxers from all over the UK headed to Moodiesburn for a special event at the Pivot Centre. The grassroots tournament was organised by Auchengeich ABC.

* Tributes were paid to a true gentleman and sportsman. Neil McCover died in a road accident while cycling. The Kirkintilloch Olympian was an enthusiastic runner and cyclist who is sadly missed.

* Rising Rangers star Gregg Wylde was praised after making his first start for the champions in a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock.

November

* A helicopter was called in to help track a driver who crashed his car in Torrance.

* Jo Swinson MP called for urgent talks with Muse Developments and East Dunbartonshire Council over controversial plans to build a supermarket in Bishopbriggs town centre.

* Work started on the new 22million Chryston High School and Cultural Centre.

* Plans for a new 1.1million hall in Quarrywood Road, Barmulloch, to replace the current facility, went on display.

November:

* Zanshin Kai Karate Club marked 30 years of success and endeavour. The club meets regularly in Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs and Lenzie.

* A last-gasp winner saw Rob Roy take all three points in a thriller against Beith. They won 4-3 and there were two red cards.

* Lenzie Tennis Club's annual awards night was a smash hit with the club's talented young players. A great turnout of nearly 100 people saw 22 awards handed out.

* Talented Stephanie Kirkwood represented her country at a prestigious dressage event. The Kirkintilloch High pupil took part with her horse Rocky.

December

* East Dunbartonshire Council was told to protect schools and vulnerable people from its impending budget cuts by residents during its budget consultation.

* There was growing confusion over a masterplan for Bishopbriggs town centre after Muse Developments sold the former Bishopbriggs Academy site to supermarket chain Morrisons.

* There were fears a bid by Stewart Milne Holdings to build a new train station in Robroyston could be stopped after the Scottish Government and Network Rail said they were not backing the plans.

* Concerns were raised over children being forced to go to a different school than their siblings – affecting Chryston and Gartcosh.

* Swim star Eilidh Smith, from Kirkintilloch, was celebrating a record-breaking year. She broke nine Scotia Swimming Club records.

* Lenzie RFC were delighted to shake off the frozen cobwebs to take to the field against Wigtownshire. The club triumphed 15-10 in their first game in five weeks.

* The big freeze continued, with games called off across the district and at all levels. Pitches

remained unplayable, leaving Rob Roy, Campsie Black Watch, Allan Glen's RFC and Lenzie RFC cooling their heels.