Letters to the Editor – January 11, 2012

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

Fury over empty bins

I AM writing concerning the council’s bin collection on Tuesday, January 3 – a morning no doubt cemented in most people’s minds due to the extreme weather we experienced in the early hours.

What I found strange was the council’s decision to go ahead with the planned schedule of bin collection for that day, leaving all of our wheelie bins empty.

With no weight to hold them down they were quickly turned into missiles by the unforgiving weather.

I was just wondering if anyone else (like me) thought the council could have made an exception during the extreme weather and perhaps delayed the collection for an extra day?

Or, at the very least, placed the bins in a secure position after emptying them?

For if this simple decision had been taken many road obstructions, car bashings and travelling halfway up the street to locate an AWOL bin could have been avoided.

A little common sense every now and then works wonders!

Name and address supplied.

Save the town hall

I THINK it is a shame to let Kirkintilloch Town Hall be destroyed. A hall is needed for the Kirkintilloch community to participate in various events.

I also think it was left for so many years to deteriorate so that it would be pulled down. Premeditated.

Doreen Waugh,

(via e-mail).

Hold them to account

IS it not time all the guilty people who let the town hall deteriorate beyond repair were made accountable?

All the gifts that have been donated to this town have been sold on or destroyed by our council. What has Kirky got to be proud of?

We had a council of people who belonged to the town. At least they tried to keep it a town to be proud of.

That has all gone pearshaped now.

There must be a generation of people who loved the town hall for all the dance functions, dancing displays, pantomimes, pensioners’ Christmas parties – all the wonderful memories they must have of that lovely building.

I do hope there are people who feel ashamed of themselves for allowing this building to deteriorate, that there is no going back to sort it.

But please let Kirkintilloch have a new town hall and try and bring back some life into the town.

Margaret Smith.

Why was it left to rot?

THE subject of the town hall has long been a bone of contention with local people.

It was obvious from the start, the council had absolutely NO intention of spending money on repairs and refurbishment and it suited their budget problems to leave it so that eventually the building would become dangerous and they would be ‘justified’ in demolishing it.

A very sad end to a local landmark – this should never have been allowed to happen, but it would appear as usual the council do as they please, with no-one to stop them.

S. Anderson,

(via e-mail).

Slow down and be safe

WITH reference to the road markings at the new roundabout (Initiative Road / Waterside Road), there would be a lesser risk of accidents if drivers simply slowed down and used their indicators, meaning that other road-users would not have to use “guess-ology” to work out where cars were going.

I don’t see a problem with the road markings such as they are, although the road sign partly obstructs the driver’s view to the right as he exits the roundabout from Initiative Road.

A popular phrase in the Herald is “...an accident waiting to happen”.

Let’s endeavour to keep this zone most definitely accident-free by using our eyes and brains!


Muirside Avenue,


Nitty gritty

I WONDER when what Mr Devine calls a “primary carriageway and footway route” qualifies as just that (‘Plea for streets to be gritted’, Herald, December 28).

I would have thought both Auchinairn Road and Kirkintilloch Road would qualify.

The footways (pavements I assume) remained a nightmare to slither along and I spoke to several people, none of whom had even spotted a gritter anywhere near the pavements.

We may not all drive cars, but we do pay our council tax, so do we not qualify for a safe passage or must we continue to dice with death by walking in the carriageway, most of which is cleared by the traffic anyway?

Disappointed? Very, after all the big build-up about how prepared we all were for this year’s problems.

Surprised? Well...

Some might say, no change there then.

M. Leonard,

(via e-mail).

Restrictions welcomed

RE the article in the paper (January 4) about three-hour parking restictions at Strathkelvin Retail Park.

I agree with the restrictions as I am certain during the festive period shoppers were using it as a ‘Park and Ride’ to get into Glasgow using the 88 service and I do believe the 27B stops at the retail park as well.

I am guilty as well as I parked at Burger King as I could not get into the retail park!

So I say carry on with the restrictions.

Keith M,


A fresh start

WITH the start of 2012, many people will be making their New Year resolutions and planning to make a difference, either for themselves or for others.

Whatever the reason, The Children’s Trust would love to hear from you.

The trust is a national charity which provides care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs, and rehabilitation to children with an acquired brain injury. The trust offers lots of ways in which you can play a part in making a difference and help to enhance the lives of some of the UK’s most severely disabled children. The Children’s Trust has lots of fundraising activities taking place during the year. Please visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk or phone 01737 365020.

Liz Haigh-Reeve.

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