Potholes, parking, politicians and concerns over prison – Letters to the Editor

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READERS have their say on the issues which matter to them ... March 4, 2012

BEING a Labour voter I have always admired Jo Swinson for her well thought-out and balanced comments; but not any more!

You report that ‘’she welcomes the budget’’ and almost eulogises several items. However, it’s fairly obvious either she doesn’t read, or chooses to ignore, any of the major daily broadsheets or tabloids – all of which had strong headline attacks on Chancellor Osborne’s budget.

No mention by Jo of the 14,000 millionaires who will enjoy a tax-cut of £40,000 or of families earning just £20,000 losing £253 annually, as well as a £450 vat increase; or an admission that over the next four years there will be a £3billion raid on pensioners, or that their personal allowance freeze will see 4.4million OAP’s losing £83 yearly after April 2013 or those who turn 65 that year will lose up to £322.

This Government, Jo’s Government, has 1million young people unemployed, the figure rising daily. With the economy stalled, Osborne is set to borrow £150billion more than was planned because of slow growth and rising unemployment.

I could go on, but you don’t have enough column inches for me to do so. What Jo should realise is that after the next election, she is destined to become one of the unemployed whose numbers are increasing at the hands of her, yes her, Government.

It has to be expected, understood even, that political parties make mistakes, some quite serious and my party is no exception, but to watch the Liberal-Democrats (they really have to erase that second word) rejoice in the worst government since Thatcher is almost tragic to behold.

One waits to see her comments on the proposed privitisation of the Royal Mail.

Charles Gray,

Moray Place,

Chryston.

I WAS delighted to see your article on the 200th anniversary of Co-op trading on Lennoxtown Main Street.

You might be interested to note that 2012 is also the UN International Year of Co-operatives and that we are working with the two primary schools in Lennoxtown to develop projects to celebrate both events. We are hoping to be part of some event in Lennoxtown in May and that the schools will participate in our own major IYOC event at New Lanark in June.

On a slightly more technical note, we don’t do “winding-ups” in the Co-op world. There were transfers of engagements between the original society, Kirkintilloch society and the current incarnation, the Co-operative Group (arguably the largest co-operative in the world).

Hugh Donnelly, Director,

Co-operative Education Trust Scotland (CETS).

I AM writing this having read the article in the Herald (Mum’s fears for children’s safety’, March 28).

Jackie Home should know that I have written to Willie Hogg, the councillor for Moodiesburn at the time of her child’s incident at the school, concerning the parking at Glenmanor. I made a suggestion that the vacant ground next to the school be turned into a car park and that the children could enter it via a gate directly from the school.

I have received two replies to my request. The most recent letter states that consideration of additional parking at the school will be given, a programme of health and safety works for the financial year 2012/13 is to be compiled, and, in the meantime, contact would be made with roads and transporation requesting that they undertake a traffic survey of the surrounding road network to ascertain how much of an impact the construction of this car park would have on the ongoing traffic issues.

I feel it is reasonable to make sure our kids are safe at all times, especially when around the school, and I would advocate that perhaps every parent with children at the school should get together to try and get a car park constructed at the school.

After all, the ground I suggested is vacant ground and at the moment serves no purpose.

Nan Graham,

(vai e-mail).

ALL motorists will be pleased to read in last week’s Herald about the plan for a concerted pothole repair exercise in East Dunbartonshire.

At present the money spent on repairing potholes is like throwing money into a bottomless pit as the same potholes are being filled, and refilled, on a regular basis, with materials which are not up to the job and wash away within weeks in our wet weather.

What we need are permanent, good-quality repairs, using materials which are fit for purpose, so that there will be something to show for the vast sums of money spent. Let’s hope that this exercise is not just a bit more of the same and that it will make a real difference.

MF, Lenzie.

ANYONE who thought well-attended public meetings were a thing of the past should have been at Woodhill Evangelical Church last Monday evening.

There, I had the privilege of joining hundreds of fellow Bishopbriggs residents to hear more of the excellent work being done by the Town Team on the masterplan for the town centre.

Indeed, so many people attended that the start had to be delayed as rows and rows of extra seats were brought through from other rooms.

It was heartening to see how residents really care about our town, and how they are anxious that Morrisons, East Dunbartonshire Council and Derwent get it right for what was correctly described as ‘a once in a generation opportunity’.

Naturally, not everyone was in agreement with every aspect of the proposals put forward by the architects commissioned by the Town Team, but the broad thrust of the meeting was that the town wants, and deserves, much more than just a new supermarket.

Candidates at May’s council elections were challenged to listen to the people, to fight hard for the best possible deal for Bishopbriggs and to work together to ensure that we end up with a town centre we can be proud of.

It is a challenge I, for one, am delighted to accept.

Gary Pews,

Scottish Liberal Democrats candidate for Bishopbriggs South

Tweedsmuir,

Bishopbriggs.

THE governor of the new prison at Bishopbriggs tells us that the purpose of his prison is not to punish prisoners (Herald, May 28).

“That’s the courts’ job,” he says.

When the court sends a person to prison, is that sentence a punishment? I maintain it is.

Most of the new prison’s inmates will laugh behind their governor’s back.

When I was a social worker in a large prison, prisoners volunteered to attend education classes, painting and decorating classes, bricklaying and plumbing classes and even attended the prison church on Sundays simply to get themselves out of their cells in which they were incarcerated 23 hours a day.

The level of recidivism was shocking and I imagine things are still the same today if not worse. Rehabilitation, in my experience, does not work within the prison system.

The governor also gives the impression that Bishopbriggs and surrounding area, as a whole, has welcomed this prison. I daresay that there are some willing volunteers, but I imagine, generally, that his claim is somewhat exaggerated.

Robert A Penney,

Thistle Court,

Donaldson Street,

Kirkintilloch.

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