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I have recently been contacted by a number of constituents in Kilsyth who have raised their concerns that the baby room at St Patrick’s Nursery Centre in Kilsyth is likely to close in a few weeks during the October holidays. This follows parents receiving a letter from North Lanarkshire Council and unfortunately this is the only facility of this kind in Kilsyth, with the next nearest being some distance away in Cumbernauld.
Concerns have been raised with me that despite the reason for this closure being given as budget pressures two similar facilities in Coatbridge only a mile apart have been unaffected, meaning that once again Kilsyth has been disproportionately affected by a decision taken by North Lanarkshire Council.
I am alarmed at the manner in which North Lanarkshire Council has communicated this closure to parents at the nursery and in particular the lack of warning they received. I have written to the council to ask that they reconsider their decision to close this facility, particularly when the alternative provision is so far from the current site. Any concerned parents are welcome to get in touch with my office on 01236 453969 or Jamie.email@example.com
I welcome NHS Lanarkshire’s decision to hold a local meeting as part of the consultation on NHS Lanarkshire’s healthcare strategy “Achieving Excellence”. I appreciate that they have listened to concerns that I raised regarding the ability of people to travel from Cumbernauld & Kilsyth to Wishaw, East Kilbride and Airdrie for the previously scheduled meetings that they announced in September.
I’m glad that in view of the concerns outlined above they have now confirmed this new meeting for Monday 24th October at Cumbernauld New Town Hall (Beechwood Suite). The meeting is from 6.30pm with refreshments available. The formal part of the meeting will start at 6.50pm and end at 8.30pm.
The meeting will include an introductory presentation, small group discussions, and a question and answer session.
The proposals in “Achieving Excellence” are aimed at helping people live longer, healthier lives. The strategy sets out a number of proposals including:
• Plans for a £400m project to replace or fully refurbish Monklands Hospital
• the delivery of high quality specialist services in centres of excellence
• Increased use of technology to help patients manage their own conditions
• the development of more community services
• a long-term model for the provision of trauma and orthopaedic surgery in Lanarkshire.
A quick reminder that this Saturday (1st October), Stuart McDonald MPand I will be holding a special Winter Advice Surgery at 10.30am at Cumbernauld New Town Hall. We will both be in attendance and are delighted that Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Citizens Advice Bureau; Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Unemployed Workers Centre; CACE – Older People, Active Lives; Home Energy Scotland – Strathclyde & Central, andCumbernauld & Kilsyth School Uniform Bank will all be in attendance too. Tesco have kindly agreed to donate refreshments for the day as well. ALL WELCOME.
As The Scottish Government Minister for Employability and Training one of the responsibilities I have is to take forward the roll out of the Employment Programme as it is devolved from April 2017. I have written about some of how we will take that forward at the Scottish Government website. You can find that update at the link below.
I’m pleased to hear from North Lanarkshire Council that roadworks are scheduled for the installation of a traffic control feature and road signage outside St Maurice’s High on North Road. This is something the Parent Council approached me about last year after two students were hit by a car on the road. I understand the traffic feature involves the narrowing of the road to influence traffic speed and reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians. It is welcome that the works will occur during the October school holiday week to reduce disruption and be ready for students returning after the break.
This coming weekend (Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September) sees Doors Open Days come to Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. Cumbernauld Community Development Trust have let me know that Stagecoach have agreed to put on a free shuttle bus betwen locations in Cumbernauld. The timetable is in the image with this post.
A number of buildings in the area are taking part, including the penthouses at Cumbernauld Town Centre, Cumbernauld Fire Station, the new refurbished Muirfield Centre and in Kilsyth, St Patrick’s and Burns and Old Parish Churches, as well as Colzium House. You can find out which buildings in the area are opening their doors this weekend at the following link:
The opening date for the new Greenfaulds High School building has now been announced by the Scottish Government and the new school will open on Thursday September 29 at 8.55am.
Before the older building is closed for a final time there will be the chance for former pupils and staff to take a tour of the building on Wednesday 14th September from 6.30pm-8.30pm. A memory wall will also be created which people will have the chance to sign, and in a nice touch will then be transferred to the new building.
For a closer look at how the new building has taken shape please visit:https://www.flickr.com/…/133487348@N…/sets/72157653088038646
Delighted to learn of the upcoming Lego Hobby event in Cumbernauld. I understand that the first ever Braw Brick Show will take place on Saturday, October 8th 2016 at Church of the Holy Name in Seafar from 10am until 4pm.
The show will exhibit Lego models built by experts and a number of competitions for all age groups.
Tickets are available from Castle Comics in Cumbernauld Town centre and cost £2.50 with kids aged 3 & under eligible for free entry.
I welcome today’s announcement by NHS Lanarkshire regarding further investment in A&E facilities and the approval of plans to introduce a Rapid Assessment Team at Monklands Hospital.
I understand that Clinical and managerial staff have agreed the designs for a £700,000 investment which will increase the size of the emergency department – highlighting NHS Lanarkshire’s commitment to maintaining three fully functioning A&Es.
The new design will mean a massive expansion to the existing emergency department while the introduction of a Rapid Assessment Team means treatment can start sooner which improves the patient experience and reduces the length of time they have to wait in the department.