Stray balls, Morrisons and Kirky Hub – Letters to the Editor

READERS have their say on the issues which matter – May 1, 2013

YOU recently published a letter from a lady who wanted to encourage readers to return footballs which stray over the fence into their gardens from kids out playing.

A truly nice gesture indeed and I would wholeheartedly agree if it was young, well-behaved toddlers.

But when its primary school-age boys who use your car as goalposts and then verbally abuse you when you have the audacity to ask them not to, or they batter the ball over the fence at 100mph – endangering life and limb, and confining you and your grandchildren inside during the summer months because its unsafe to venture out into the garden due to these sudden missile attacks – then I have to disagree.

Only last night I was forced to call the police as I had reached breaking point with these mini-thugs battering my door and running away, shouting foul abuse in my window, terrifying my toddler grandchildren, and finally attempting to break my window.

I have in recent years complained to the council, but with no success, so I gave up.

So in response, I am happy to state I will not be returning any of these weapons of mass destruction. I will be handing them into the local police station, where the offenders are free to pick them up if they so wish.

Florence Cairney,

(e-mailed).

I SEE East Dunbartonshire Council is imposing a zero-tolerance ban on election posters.

No surprises there from the Labour-controlled council as it is inevitable that the posters will prodominitly be Yes posters. Pretty petty to be honest.

Harry Duncan,

Lenzie.

I WAS sad to hear of the death of Mr Haughton (the Reverend Frank Haughton).

He spoke at our Burns Suppers at St Machan’s, Lennoxtown, and was knowledgeable and entertaining.

Marie Murray,

Campsie Glen.

BISHOPBRIGGS Town Team were pleased by the decision of the EDC Planning Board to refuse permission for the proposed new Morrisons store in Bishopbriggs town centre.

We feel that this decision recognised the strength of feeling in the town, that there are significant issues with the plans as submitted and that this is an opportunity for something better for our community.

However, we recognise that this is only a good thing if it ultimately results in better proposals coming and more suitable plans which will better meet the needs of our whole community – something the town team have always argued for on behalf of the residents of Bishopbriggs.

We therefore look forward to future opportunities to engage with all the stakeholders involved in this project to ensure the best outcome for our town.

Bishopbriggs Town Team

I AM also a Bishopbriggs resident who did not complain about the proposed new Morrisons superstore at Bishopbriggs Cross. In fact I would be delighted to have a large modern supermarket in Bishopbriggs as even Asda is small in comparison to new modern stores.

This sounds like the Marks & Spencer issue again when we the residents of Bishopbriggs were told we did not want this store at the retail park. Let the residents decide please.

M. Sharp,

Bishopbriggs.

I READ the recent article on the supposed success of the Kirkintilloch Community Hub (Herald, April 16) with a sinking heart.

The reason? More positive spin by East Dunbartonshire Council, this time on the results of its six-month review of the Hub – created in the heart of Kirkintilloch’s William Patrick Library.

Having been greatly concerned last year when the council pushed through its radical changes with minimal community consultation, I was keen to see the library feedback. A closer look at the review report, presented to EDC’s policy and resources committee on April 11, reveals that its main focus is the Hub, with a mere 68 ‘Have Your Say’ forms returned to the library over an eight-month period (August 2012-April 2013).

Some 45 of these were complaints. Perhaps not surprisingly, this detail did not make it into the article.

The so-called ‘sceptics’ the council leader mentions, of which I am one, never said they did not believe a library could co-exist beside the delivery of council services.

It was the way in which EDC refused to engage with or listen to local people which led to the protests and petitions, challenging what was being done without consultation and at such speed. Ms Geekie seems to be gloating at ‘proving them wrong’ which, worryingly, seems a rather childish reaction by someone elected to such a position of responsibility.

I am frustrated at the council leader’s continued belittling of the local people who defended our community’s right to an open and transparent consultation into radical changes to a much loved and valued gifted library.

I also have several unanswered questions to which I’d like answers. The advisory body for information and library services for Scotland, SLIC, supports shared council services but, importantly, only in principle. According to the council’s own review report, the first contact with SLIC came after refurbishment of the library had started (July 2012) and that SLIC made contact with the council, not the other way round.

Why did the Leisure and Culture Trust also only meet with SLIC in August 2012 and not before they steam-rollered ahead with the creation of the Hub? Finally, was SLIC involved in conducting the six-month review of the library and was SLIC’s Public Library Quality Improvement Matrix used in the process?

It is time East Dunbartonshire Council started to work with its community and to lose the ‘them and us’ attitude it holds.

S. Brownlie,

Lenzie.

Oh dear, oh dear, Mr Charles Gray...

If you have anything to say about Mrs Thatcher I do wish you could have done so without resorting to using Robert Penney’s letter as an excuse.

Mr Penney always brings much pleasure and evokes many a memory of past times to the long-time residents of Kirkintilloch and certainly does not deserve your inappropriate caustic comments.

Mr Penney, please take absolutely no notice of these cheap jibes and please keep regaling us with your memories.

Patricia Stewart

(nee White).

I BEG the courtesy of your columns to reply to Charles Gray (Letters, April 17) who refers particularly to the miners’ strike – claiming that Margaret Thatcher was the chief cause of the closures.

The pits concerned were unprofitable and running at a loss. But if the miners’ leader (Arthur Scargill) had fought a campaign rather than launching an insurgency he might have succeeded.

Robert A. Penney,

Kirkintilloch.

NATIONAL Doughnut Week is fast approaching and I would like to make a special appeal to independent craft bakers, food retailers and coffee shops across the UK to get involved in this fun, annual charity event, which takes place from May 11-18, in aid of The Children’s Trust.

Each year National Doughnut Week raises money for The Children’s Trust, Tadworth, a national charity that provides specialist care for some of the UK’s most severely disabled children, and rehabilitation to children with an acquired brain injury.

For fundraising ideas, doughnut facts, and to register your vote for the UK’s favourite doughnut, please visit: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/doughnuts or www.facebook/nationaldoughnutweek

Phil Tufnell,

Vice-President,

The Children’s Trust,

Tadworth.

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