Traffic claming, football hero, nature reserve and more – Letters to the Editor (September 11, 2013)

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Menteith Avenue closure

Your correspondent Alex Macintyre is correct to flag up access problems for those with mobility problems who need to access Bishopbriggs Town Centre if Menteith Avenue was closed (Letters, September 4).

I would add those families with young children, walkers and cyclists.

Closing Menteith Avenue would indeed stop car drivers from directly accessing the services noted on Springfield Road. However, the solution to this is also supplied by Mr Macintyre, as he notes that these pensioners or people with mobility problems are also car drivers.

For all of its vices, the car does have certain advantages if you happen to be the occupant of the car in question.

Whether it’s raining or cold, whether other cars belch out pollution or threaten to crash into you; when you are in a car you are nice and safe and warm - unlike those people without access to a car such as families with young children, walkers and cyclists.

Another advantage of the car is that it allows you to travel by a slightly longer route with little appreciable loss.

A few extra minutes accessing the town centre via Wester Cleddens Road should be balanced against the loss of quality of life for other local residents.

Accessing the town centre on two feet or two wheels during the temporary closure of Menteith Avenue was a real pleasure during those all too brief summer weeks.

Children being able to play outside instead of being stuck in front of a PlayStation should be just as important as the car drivers’ need to get everywhere as quickly as possible

An early completion of Phase 4 of Bishopbriggs Relief Road should reduce congestion at Bishopbriggs town centre, allowing easier access for residents in Woodhill.

Lets make Woodhill an even better area to live for those who cannot afford a car or who cannot access a car, pensioners who like to walk to keep fit, cyclists wanting to catch the train instead of taking the car and children wanting to walk to school, to and from Kenmure, without their parents worrying about their safety.

I would encourage your readers to visit our website where we have a survey to gather local residents’ views on their experiences over the summer when Menteith Avenue was closed for several weeks - www.woodhillresidentsgroup.org.uk

Donald Macdonald

Clair Road

Bishopbiggs

Grass Roots Award

I would like to thank youth club members, past and present, and the local community for the votes cast for me for the above.

My wife and I attended the Under-19 Scotland/Iceland match last week, as guests of the SFA Central Region, who had put my name forward for this national award.

They advised me that I am doing quite well with the public vote. The result will be revealed at Hampden Park on Thursday, September 26,.

Through the Kirkintilloch Herald I will let you know how I get on.

Ian Stevenson

Lenzie Youth Club

Canal Festival

Kirkintilloch and Lenzie Marie Curie Fundraising Group would like to thank everyone who supported our collection at the Canal Festival, where the grand sum of £1,156 was raised.

This will fund 55 hours of nursing care. A special thanks to our volunteer collectors.

Our next venture is a three course meal and quiz night at The Ashoka Brasserie, in Kirkintilloch, on Sunday October 6, at 7.30.

Tickets are only £10 and £5 of this goes directly to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Anyone interested please telephone 01417764893. Thanks again.

Mary Frame

Secretary

Nature reserve concerns

Barratt housing has lodged a Proposal of Application Notice with East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) for a housing development on land at Braes O’ Yetts farm in Kirkintilloch.

This piece of land directly borders the east end of Merkland Nature Reserve which, according to EDC’s own website , “is a mosaic of woodland, wetland and grassland with open waters and burns” and “is a haven for wildlife and a popular spot for people looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town”.

It is also listed in Scottish Natural Heritage’s guide to enjoying the outdoors in and around Glasgow, which states “In this nature reserve it won’t take long to forget you’re still in a town.

“You can wander along surfaced paths to discover woodland, wildflower meadow and ponds.

“Then look out for deer, or listen out for blue tits and wrens. Plus, if you like trees, it’s a great place to find many different leaf shapes.”

Access for much of this wildlife is via the land which Barratt proposes to develop.So how long will this haven last?

I urge anyone concerned to attend any exhibitions and meetings concerning this development and to lodge an objection with EDC by letter to the planning department or online via the e-planning page of their website (planning reference number TP/ED/13/0591).

Anne Johnson

(via e-mail)

Thanks

I am writing to thank you for your help in reconnecting me with my school days.

I wrote recently asking about access to your archives, as I wanted to find reports of school prizegiving ceremonies for St Ninian’s High School for 1964 and 1965 (mainly because I featured in them!).

Assistant editor Alan Muir immediately put me in touch with William Patrick Library, where the East Dunbartonshire archives (including editions of your paper prior to the 90s) are held.

Janice Miller, their Information and Archives Officer, could not have been more helpful.

She quickly found the reports and sent me scanned copies, with clearer hard copies following by post.

I am very grateful for her help, and for Alan’s, in allowing me to relive my (almost) fifteen minutes of fame.

Chris Lain

Harrogate

N. Yorkshire

Diamond appeal

Royal Voluntary Service’s Diamond Champions campaign, sponsored by McCarthy & Stone and supported by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in her capacity as President of the charity, aims to recognise the many older volunteers in Scotland who do amazing, but often under-recognised, work helping others in the community.

Sixty Diamond Champions will be chosen including 10 from Scotland; 12 people from across Britain will be invited to a reception in the autumn. The closing date for nominations is Sunday, September 15, and we want people in Scotland to nominate their volunteer hero and celebrate the difference they make to the lives of others. Nominations can be made at royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/diamondchampions.

Make sure your Diamond Champion is in with a chance!

Margaret Paterson

Royal Voluntary Service head of operations for Scotland

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