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POLITICIANS URGE COUNCIL TO TACKLE PARKING PROBLEMS IN CAMBUSLANG
Clare Haughey MSP and Councillor John Bradley (Cambuslang West) have joined calls for South Lanarkshire Council to take action regarding the poor provision of parking on Cambuslang Main Street.
As reported in the Rutherglen Reformer on the 15th November, Cambuslang Community Council obtained documents through a Freedom of Information request which show that 30 out of 34 businesses were not satisfied that the parking provision in the town centre met the needs of their customers. South Lanarkshire Council have been accused of sitting on this report which was conducted four years ago.
These findings come just months after the community council held their own survey which found parking to be the number one problem for businesses in the town centre.
Ms Haughey has written to Lindsay Freeland, the Chief Executive of South Lanarkshire Council, and has called on the local authority to carry out a new traffic and parking survey as a matter of urgency. Within her letter to Mr Freeland, Clare Haughey MSP laid the blame at the ‘previous Labour regime’, adding that the council ‘appears to have done little, if anything, to support [Cambuslang Community Council’s] efforts’.
Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:
“I was disappointed to learn that South Lanarkshire Council had not acted upon the traffic survey despite there being overwhelming opinion that parking in the town is insufficient. This report was undertaken four years ago and the problems with parking on Cambuslang Main Street have not gone away.
“Cambuslang Community Council must be applauded for their efforts and commitment in encouraging more locals to shop on the Main Street, however they do not seem to have been given the required support from South Lanarkshire Council to ensure the town centre thrives.
“Whilst Labour neglected the Main Street, I am sure the new South Lanarkshire Council administration will work towards reaching a positive outcome.”
Councillor John Bradley added:
“Parking in Cambuslang has long been a major problem for local residents and businesses, and it is a recurring issue which constituents raise with me.
“In May, I was elected on pledges to regenerate Cambuslang town centre and to improve parking on the Main Street, therefore I fully support any measure the council may take to help minimise these problems.
“Rest assured, it is certainly a priority for the new administration.
“Cllr John Ross, the South Lanarkshire Council leader, has set up a high-level meeting with council officers for the end of this month regarding the parking, and I will certainly continue pushing this matter for the people of Cambuslang.”
Rutherglen Reformer article of the 15th November can be read here:
A copy of Clare Haughey MSP’s letter to the Chief Executive of South Lanarkshire Council can be found here.
Published: 28th November 2017