Parking problems, Blue Badges and gritting concerns – Letters to the Editor

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READERS have their say on the issues which matter – February 13, 2013

Taxi driver has his say

I WRITE in reply to a letter printed in your edition dated February 6, 2013, composed by Lydia Hutchison, in which she raises her concerns over parking and driving standards at Craighead Primary School in Milton of Campsie.

While I agree with her that the parking outside the school at times leaves a lot to be desired, I feel that as I am the taxi driver that Ms Hutchison refers to that I aught to be afforded the right to reply.

I would like to point out that I am a parent of a primary school age child and am very aware of the dangers around local primary schools, and so unlikely to drive in a dangerous manner around a school.

Until the end of the last school year, school contract drivers picked up at the top car park at the school, a practice stopped by the school due to the re-location within the school of the children’s nursery. We were then told by the headteacher not to pick up at the library car park, but to park on the street.

Ms Hutchison suggests that school contract drivers arrive at the school before 3pm, I can assure her that although I always try to achieve this, due to circumstances this is not always possible.

She also suggests that on the day that she refers to, that I was driving without due care and attention.

Had this in fact been the case her daughter would in fact have been knocked over, but as I was edging out at the junction to see round an illegally parked car I was more than aware of the movements of the children, which included her daughter, who, while deep in conversation with another pupil stepped out in front of my car.

Maybe Ms Hutchison instead of making suggestions to road users should sit her daughter down and explain the dangers of not looking when crossing roads.

School contracts are a vital way of getting children who live on farms and outlying areas to school safely, and are not causing the problems around schools. The problems are being caused by some parents reluctant to let their children walk to and from school.

I would like to end by saying that parking your car in nearby Scott Avenue does not give Ms Hutchison the right to claim the moral high ground, as she is adding to the problem rather than solving it, You couldn’t make it up.

William Bradford,

Kirkintilloch Radio Cars,



Gritting concerns

ONCE again we have adverse weather conditions and East Dunbartonshire Council choose to grit one side of Auchinairn Road from Beech Road up towards Northgate Road.

Unfortunately for me I live on the ungritted side.

I telephoned the council the last time we had icy conditions to be told that they only do one side of the road.

I asked if someone could come out and grit my side of the footpath.

I was assured this would be passed on to the relevant person – needless to say the pavement never was gritted.

What is it going to take before this happens – somebody to slip and injure themselves, and the council to be taken to task as a result of their incompetence?

Alexander Miller,

(by e-mail)

Tributes to former councillor

ON behalf of East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrat Council Group and local party, I wish to thank members of our community who attended the funeral service of former Council Leader John Morrison on Saturday (February 2).

The huge turnout of several hundred people and warm tributes expressed were a reflection of the high esteem and affection John was held in.

Thank you also to all who passed on their condolences, which made a big impression and acted as comfort to John’s colleagues, family and many close friends whom I was fortunate to count myself among.

Councillor Ashay Ghai,

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group,

East Dunbartonshire Council.

Class had 53 pupils

READING a letter to you from Mr Klimowicz, I often wonder if all, or part of it, is tongue-in-cheek.

However, I’ll assume his latest letter (Herald, January 30) means he is satisfied that today’s school teachers will think a class of 35 pupils too much to cope with.

To concentrate on facts, I write to say I was a pupil at Townhead School from 1927-1934, where the class always had 53 pupils.

Thereafter, I gained entry to Glasgow High School in open competition with some 200 other boys, as also did three pupils from Lairdsland School.

I am sure the maths learnt at Glasgow High, in a class of 27 pupils, enabled me to be a navigator in the RAF.

This opened, literally, a whole new world, flying in Canada (Ontario and off Prince Edward Island) and India from Nagpur (the centre of India) to Ambala, near the foothills of the Himalayas.

It is impossible to forget three stormy ocean crossings, the Atlantic (twice) and the Indian Ocean, 15 days in the teeth of the monsoon.

This may sound like a holiday brochure, but the hard fact remains that of 1563 Glasgow High boys on active service most were aircrew, whose casualty rate was two out of nine.

Today I am one of two survivors, the other being an Indian army officer.

On this sombre, but accurate note I end.

Norman Thorburn,



Thank you

WE would like to take this opportunity to thank the local residents of Kirkintilloch for their support over the Christmas period. Thanks to all their generous donations and volunteering hours, the Kirkintilloch British Heart Foundation (BHF) Shop and BHF Furniture & Electrical Store have had a fantastic Christmas.

It’s because of these efforts and those of the other 700 BHF Shops across the UK, that we have managed to raise record funds last year to fight heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.

This is a fantastic achievement and a real credit to the people of Kirkintilloch.

The Kirkintilloch BHF Shop and BHF Furniture & Electrical Store are always looking for stock donations and volunteers.

Just pop in and see the BHF Shop located at Cowgate or the BHF Furniture & Electrical Store located at Stockwell Street for more information.

Donna O’Donnell,

BHF Shop Manager,



Blue Badge returned

I WOULD like to give a big thank you to Isabel McDonald who returned my Blue Badge to me which I lost on Sunday, February 3.

I don’t have this lady’s address as I was unable to read her note as I’m registered blind, but I just wanted to let her know just how much I appreciated her kind act.

I had thought it was lost for good and had been in the process of trying to get it replaced (with the kind help of Teresa Docherty at the Saramago Street Health Centre who completed the form on my behalf).

This would have taken at least four weeks to have it replaced so I’m so grateful to Isabel for returning it to me (and also saving me an extra £20 fee as my Blue Badge didn’t expire until the end of this year).

Although I have a guide dog to assist me there are essential occasions when I need my Blue Badge for relatives or friends to take me to appointments etc.

So, if like Isabel you find a lost Blue Badge ,please hand it into the police station or Social Work Dept as a Blue Badge is a ‘lifeline’ for disabled people.

It really does make a difference.

Thanks again Isabel (and Teresa).

Margaret Hutchison and Jack the guide dog.

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