Schools, potholes, public meeting and Morrisons – Letters to the Editor – January 16, 2013

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Not impressed by centre meeting

I WAS present at the meeting run by North Lanarkshire Leisure (arms length body of NL Council) on January 8 in Chryston High School on the proposed closure of the Iain Nicolson Centre and like many who attended came away very unimpressed by their performance.

My observations are as follows:-

1) The presentation by North Lanarkshire Leisure did not provide any real rationale that enlightened the audience as to why they selected this particular centre for closure despite them being requested to come prepared with answers to questions raised at the previous meeting on December 21.

What we got was a classic PR job that impressed no one.

2) Even the dogs in the street know that things are tough and are likely to remain so until 2018 according to the Chancellor’s recent statement.

We expected some believable ideas/proposals from NLL and got very little.

I believe they grossly underestimated the strength of feeling in the community on this matter and left with a bloody nose.

3) The meeting did at times get out of hand and this was due to the intensity of feeling along with a lack of roving microphones.

4) What was also apparent towards the end of the meeting were the pathetic politics of the local Labour group, some of whom really embarrassed themselves and will certainly have added to the long list of apathetic voters.

Given that we in this area also have a big question mark hanging over Chilterns House care home (for which there must also be a vigorous campaign to preserve it) with the threat of closure I really do become concerned at how our interests are being looked after by these local councillors.

In 2009 a report entitled the Clyde Valley Review by John Artbuthnott sponsored by the eight local authorities (Glasgow, Inverclyde,Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North and South Lanarkshire,West and East Dumbartonshire) did touch upon significant savings that could be made were certain collaborations between the councils to take place.

Each one of these councils has a chief executive with a management team earning a handsome salary, not to mention a generous pension – savings should come from this not insignificant group first before proposing to impact on valuable local services – Arbuthnott’s report predicted this very consequence!

Mr Salmond and his cohorts need to get the finger out and stop chasing moonbeams and do something about local government reform.

I spent a lifetime in private industry and consolidation was a way of life, so why do we keep local government as a protected species.

Unless significant structural reform is addressed then this yearly cycle of cuts will continue until the financial climate improves if ever.

(Via e-mail)

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Criticism for MP Jo

I MUST compliment Stephen Baillie on his excellent letter, published in the January 2 edition of the Herald.

For readers who may have missed the above, our MP Ms Swinson in her role as Employment Relations Minister is proposing to cut the consultation period for large scale redundancies from 90 to 45 days.

Surely a radical departure in policy for an MP who has recently highlighted and brought to our attention such burning issues as (a) excessive packaging of Easter eggs, (b) the use of air brushing to enhance the looks of models promoting a wide range of products and the negative impact on today’s young people and very recently (c) “fad” or crash diets and the associated risk to one’s health of pursuing these?

Kenneth Stewart

(via e-mail)

Parking at Morrisons

I REFER to the Morrisons advert in the Herald (January 9) in respect of their new store.

I note that there will be “enhanced parking provision”.

In their planning application Morrisons state that the store will be provided with 444 spaces.

However, the existing car parking provision for the Triangle site will be reduced by about 50 per cent as the filling station will take up some spaces and the construction of the access to the new store will mean the removal of the upper decked parking area, a loss of approximately 200 spaces in total.

The overall parking provision in the town centre will not be increased.

If a filling station is such an attraction to a town centre then why do Kirkintilloch, Milngavie, Bearsden, in fact any town not have one right in the middle of the shopping area?

The only thing that the filling station will bring is more cars and pollution to the centre, it will not enhance the environment or make the town centre more attractive to visitors.

Why not put the filling station on the site of the former BP garage on Kirkintilloch Road? A site that has lain derelict for many, many years.

Alan Slack

(via e-mail)

Bid to find family

I AM looking to trace family members of the Brember family from Kirkintilloch.

Unfortunately contact was lost following a bereavement and it would be good to trace family members – some names that come to mind are Helen and Gordon.

They would be in the age bracket 50 to 60.

I understand Helen and Gordon to be brother and sister and there are other sisters also.

Would be great to hear from them again. Last contact was around 1996 however due to house move etc all contact lost.

Lorna Aird

(via e-mail)

Pothole list was horrendous

THE list of streets in last week’s Herald requiring pothole repairs was horrendous.

Alas, it comes as no surprise to me when you see the ‘temporary repairs’ that are carried out .

The morning after reading the article, I was in Freelands Place and noticed that some of the potholes had been repaired?

On closer examination I noticed the holes had been filled in with the proper mix of tar and stones and rolled or stamped level, but they had not been sealed at the edges with molten tar to keep the weather out, the ‘repairs’ were already failing with loose stones all around the potholes and some had holes already.

The potholes around the town repaired and sealed are still good after a good few winters, a terrible waste of time and money it’s time the work was inspected and approved.

Andy Meechan

(via e-mail)

Parking near schools

I WAS very interested to read your article in the Bishopbriggs Herald about parking hotspots around schools.

I live in Moorfoot, which is at right angles to Bemersyde leading on to Wester Cleddens Road and is near to both St Helen’s Primary School and Bishopbriggs Academy.

At a St Helen’s open day last summer I had to be dropped at the end of the street and had to walk back to my house as there was no room for the car I was in to get though the parked cars on the corners and into Moorfoot.

After complaining to the council about parking in Bemersyde, and particularly on the corners of Moorfoot/ Bemersyde, they very speedily came and put ‘Keep Clear’ signs on the corners.

For a short time this helped the situation slightly, however, these signs are now largely ignored and the parking has returned to its previous and dangerous pattern.

Cars are parked on both sides of Bemersyde leaving a very narrow lane for other cars to pass.

This leads to chaos and frustration and often stalemate if one car is coming up and another trying to get down.

It would prove impossible for an emergency vehicle such as an ambulance or fire engine or indeed a police car to negotiate Bemersyde at school opening or closing times as I have great difficulty and I only drive a Yaris.

I am concerned that this will result in a serious accident or fatality one day as small children are milling about through the parked cars.

The problem may be solved if some sort of patrol could be instigated which could report inconsiderate parking to the police who could take further action.

Or, of course, if the police themselves could monitor the parking for a few weeks.

(Via e-mail)

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