Letters to the Editor - August 17, 2011

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READERS have their say on the issues which matter...

Site traffic concerns

WHILE I acknowledge the intent behind the setting of time limits, 9am-3pm, for site traffic accessing the soon to be construction site at Campsie View, as a resident of Glasgow Road I have to ask where all that traffic is likely to be from 8.30am onwards?

There are few places, apart from bus stops, that allow vehicles to wait along this busy road, so perhaps the early arrivers will try the side roads.

This will of course coincide with the normal heavy volume of traffic on Glasgow Road at that time and children walking to school.

Name and address supplied.

Window on the Past

HAVING been born in Gartcosh I found David Hepburn’s piece on the village very interesting.

Two of my brothers worked in the mills, my father served in the office for just over 60 years and my mother ran the canteen in both world wars.

However, I take issue with David that circa 1870 ‘’some workers abandoned their jobs as their daily ration of beer was replaced with cream’’.

I lived for years among many old workers whose more understandable version was that new managers were deeply religious and were shocked to learn of the beer ration and stopped it forthwith . . . without an alternative!

Charles Gray,


Smoker hits back

IN response to the letter “stub it out” in last week’s Herald, as someone who works in that area and smokes, I think you shouldn’t tar everyone with the same brush on this subject.

Personally, I may smoke there, but I put my cigarette butts in the bin in the street and am sure I’m not the only one to do so.

The majority of the cigarette butts at that corner are not there due to being tossed in that corner like the writer of the letter is suggesting.

The council’s street cleaners brush them up into there from along the street and if you have issues with where they choose to leave them, then maybe you should be speaking to the council in regards to your problem.

Nicola Simpson,

(via e-mail).

Parked cars

I READ the article in last week’s Herald about safety.

I have the same problem, but it is cars parked on the pavement.

I thought cars were supposed to park on the road and pavements were for pedestrians.

I am a pensioner and have walking problems and find this difficult.

Elizabeth Moore,

(via e-mail).

Kirkintilloch town centre

HAVING been involved in the town centre with the Chamber of Commerce and Business for Kirkintilloch, I have the following observations:

I know we would like a better choice of shops, but statistically Kirkintilloch has a lower percentage of empty shops than many shopping centres in central Scotland.

We issued a car sticker a few years ago that said “ Save time and money, shop in Kirkie” and the more people who shop in the town centre could encourage other shops to come to the town.

People say we have a lot of charity shops - is this so terrible that we are seen to be a giving area!

Now to the question of parking - a problem in every town.

In the early 70s when parking wardens were introduced to Bishopbriggs, they were helpful to the motorists, pointing out parking areas to them and the traffic flowed without no difficulties. Charging for parking will only drive more out of town and cause trade to suffer. And don’t forget the shops provide income from rates.

Two valid suggestions, which were put forward many years ago and not taken up:

1. A great number of places, maybe as high as 40% are taken up by people who work in town and leave their cars all day.

Parking for these people could be provided on the edge of town with a bus running from 9.30 to 10.30 am and again from 5pm till 6pm.

2. A three or four level car park built on the site at the corner of High street and Lairdsland Way with a walkway at a level to provide a bridge to the shopping centre.

With regard to keeping the town centre clean and tidy, re-employ the people we had several years ago working all day long. And talking about that , whatever happened to the chewing gum removal machines that were bought?

I realise that EDC must always be looking at forward thinking plans for the town centre and we all do realise that the kind of money needed is not available in this day and age. But one last plea. Don’t charge for parking!

Lex Gaston


Pots of Care appeal

THERE are just four weeks to go for nurseries, primary schools and youth groups in Glasgow, Lanarkshire & Dunbartonshire to sign up for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Mini Pots of Care fundraising activity.

Mini Pots of Care is a free creative and educational project for 3-11 year olds where children receive a pot and daffodil bulb to plant in the autumn.  They care for their plant throughout the winter months and then in the Spring they celebrate their daffodils in bloom by holding a Mini Pots of Care Day where they have fun painting their pots, learning about the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care and fundraising for the charity.

Register your school or group to take part by calling 08700 340 040 or visiting www.mariecurie.org.uk/minipotsofcare by October 7, 2011.

Mini Pots of Care is supported by premium express delivery company City Link, who deliver the kits to schools and groups free of charge.

All money raised from the activity will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care to terminally ill people in their own homes.

Emma Hutton

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Praise for bus drivers

DURING six long months of chaotic road works (much needed reapirs) number 178 Henderson Travel bus drivers were indeed “gentlemen of the highway.”

Despite the multiple road sign diversions these bus drivers found uncharted routes to keep an excellent service running on time.

This particular loop “The Greens” is served by a continuous dependable bus number 178 and we are all very grateful for this hourly service.

Thank you all very much gentlemen.

Margaret MacRae,

Westergreens Avenue,