Kirky Miners, dog mess, town hall, cyclists and prison – readers have their say

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Fed-up with dog mess

I AM sure that the pet owners/dog walkers concerned about the selfish anti-social actions of cyclists on the canal path are not the selfish anti-social ones who allow their dogs to foul the path, the verges and even the canal bridge.

Obviously these dogs must be other people’s dogs (or there is one very sick dog out there)

Walkers, and those with prams, pushchairs and toddlers, are fed-up with constantly having to avoid the mess or scrape it off boots, shoes and wheels, and also fending off dogs running ahead of the lead.

And then there are the joggers and runners . . .

You take your life in your hands when you venture onto the canal path.

Concerned Lenzie resident

(via e-mail/details suppied)

Town hall concerns

I THINK most people appreciate that it is sad to lose a building of historical and social importance (Kirkintilloch Town Hall).

However, there is also the reality that funding is not readily available, nor is it high on the list of priorities.

Therefore, I do think the building should be demolished before it becomes a safety issue.

If only 150 people responded to the recent survey surely this must tell the Town Hall Preservation Trust something.

A new cultural venue would be ideal, but finding the money may take some time.

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TJ House as arts centre?

FURTHER to the lead story in last week’s Kirkintilloch Herald (April 11), I suggest that it may be feasible for the council to keep the Tom Johnston House building and convert it into a community arts & associated functions centre - since the planned creation of such a centre in conjunction with the health board on a site near the marina was mothballed.

Perhaps the selling of this site would fund the convertion of Tom Johnston House.

Lenzie resident

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Cycling on canal path

AS long as walkers share a path with cyclists there will always be conflict.

Having cycled for over 40 years I have found that no matter how slow I travel on a busy narrow path some walkers will be annoyed, particularly when approaching them from behind.

Whether I gently ring my bell or politely say “excuse me please!” - some will over-react and on occasions refuse to move aside.

Many walkers mistakenly believe that cyclists should not be cycling there.

One obvious answer to the problem is to put up the blue cyclist/walker sign at regular intervals to remind users that the path is shared. The organisation responsible for the canal path should raise the profile of accepted protocols when using shared paths. Many of the problems are caused by ignorance on both sides.

A. Shaw

(Via e-mail)

Making a difference

FURTHER to Robert Penney’s letter (Herald, April 4) about the Low Moss Prison rehabilitation initiative, he is right in saying that previous prison methods did nothing to prevent re-offending.

Hopefully, however, all that is very much in the past.

By encouraging a work and learning ethos the Low Moss governor and staff are doing much to rehabilitate the current prsioners. Hopefully this will work.

As for the volunteers, most of us are members of local churches.

Our aim is to help create a welcoming and caring atmosphere at visiting times.

The large visiting hall, with tea bar and facilities for children, is conducive to this.

We operate the tea bar, talk to people and make sure that the children have things to do.It has been proved that prisoners whose children visit them are less likey to re-offend.

Volunteers are of various ages and come from a variety of backgrounds. We have undertaken some basic training.

While there are sufficient of us to get the scheme going, we could do with additional help, so why not join us?

Those interested should make themselves known by contacting Dawn Cairney, Family Contact Officer, HMP Low Moss, 190 Crosshill Road, Bishopbriggs G64 2PZ.

Telephone 0141 762 9557. E-mail

Bill Findlay,

HMP Low Moss volunteer.

Miners’ club £46k donation

IT’S now just over a year since Kirkintilloch Miners Welfare finished the three months suspention on its licence.

It was a very difficult time for the club, but we managed thanks to the continued support from our members and guests

However, I keep recalling a question put to me by one of the councillors sitting on the board that day.

He asked me if Kirkintilloch Miners was not known as ’a bit of a dive’.

I can’t recall my reply at the time as I was too angry and upset, but I would like to reply to him now.

This ‘dive’ has in the financiel year from February 2011 to January 2012 donated £46,000 to local charities, many of whom had their funding cut.The list is too long to note in a letter.

We also donate our facility free of charge to many good causes, some of which are EDC related - again the list is endless.

Kirkinilloch Miners’ primary function is that of a charity and all profits made from the sale of alcohol are donated to charity.

We managed to donate this vast sum in a year when we had a suspension on our licence and suffered a financial loss.

Kirkintilloch Miners makes these donations year on year. So you see Mr Councillor - not bad for ‘a bit of a dive’.

I know some of your own constituents who use our facility and I doubt if they would be amused by such a derogatory comment from the person they electected to represent them.

I wonder if it is fair that people with preconceived ideas should sit on these boards.

I won`t name the councillor but he knows who he is, as do the other members in the room that day.

Who knows, maybe he would like to make comment or apologise to the members and guests and various community projects who think Kirkintilloch Miners and Charitable Club is good enough for them.

Florence Cairney


Countdown to elections

POSTAL voters in the forthcoming council election will by now have received booklets from the Electoral Commission explaining how to fill in the ballot paper.

As in 2007, all voters are asked to number the candidates in order of preference, with the advice ‘You can make as many or as few choices as you wish.’

Seeing this, many voters may ask themselves:

1.If I number more than one candidate, could my extra choices reduce the chances of my number 1 candidate being elected?

2.What is the benefit in numbering more than one candidate?

Answers are not difficult: 1) Numbering more choices can never result in the defeat of your more-preferred candidate. 2) If you number only one candidate you lose the opportunity to have maximum influence on the election of councillors in your ward, especially if your most-preferred candidate fails to get enough votes relative to the others and is excluded.

These facts would have been made clear by including the following in the instructions:

Your second choice can never count against the election of your first choice. Your third choice can never count against the election of your first or second choices - and so on.

‘You should continue making choices until you are unable to make a choice among the remaining candidates.”

This advice is especially important for East Dunbartonshire voters. In 2007, this was the only council in Scotland where every ward had only three councillors.

The results showed a high proportion of unused, ‘non-transferable’ votes, in part because of the three-seat restriction but more unfortunately because many voters had numbered only one candidate. Perhaps such voters had no opinion on the remaining candidates, but it is also likely that many were playing safe, lacking the assurance and advice given above.

Thomas Gray,

Auchinloch Road, Lenzie.

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