Along with Stuart McDonald MP, I am currently working to bring together various organisations and businesses to kick start some action on Cumbernauld Town Centre.
As part of that process, we have already written directly to thousands of local residents, businesses and organisations – to let people know about our plans and to give people the opportunity to respond to our survey.
We have also organised two public meetings on the town centre.
The first is this FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER, at 10am in Cumbernauld New Town Hall.
The second public meeting is TUESDAY 4 OCTOBER, at 7.30pm in Cumbernauld New Town Hall.
If you can’t make either of these meetings, please note we have also put our survey online (link below) to make it as easy as possible for you to share your views.
Today the First Minister launched a new National Survey. This will give people from all over Scotland and a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to record your views on how you would like the future of Scotland to look on topics from EU membership, to trident renewal and Independence to name a few. I would encourage everyone to take part in the survey and to encourage your friends and family to take part too.http://www.survey2016.scot/
There will be Door Open Day’s taking place this September weekend on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th at a variety of locations throughout Cumbernauld & Kilsyth. All venues will be free to enter and should give an insight into the town that’s seldom seen. For more information on the venues that will be open and the timings please visit: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/find-a-building/?area=7522
I had a great day visiting a variety of companies to meet with the apprentices they have working for them. It was fantastic to see such a wide variety of opportunities for young people from across the country. The Scottish Government has set itself an ambitious aim of increasing the number of people starting Modern Apprenticeships to 30,000 a year by the end of this parliamentary session, from the 25,000 target we met at the end of the last. Companies such as those I met today, Intu Braehead; Graham Construction, and NS Design in Hillington, along with the thousands others across the country have a massive role to play in helping us achieve those ambitions and providing chances for people to acquire skills for their working lives. Thanks to those who took the time to speak with me today.
My colleague Stuart McDonald MP and I have contacted North Lanarkshire Council and their arm’s length body Culture NL regarding the concerning news that they plan to stop all lets taking place in primary schools across the area.
We raised our concerns at the threat that this move poses to a number of after school clubs who have contacted us to say that they are now threatened with closure as they have to move out of the local areas they serve. We believe that it is vital that these clubs are accessible to the young children taking part and that moving premises would mean that many young and vulnerable children would be excluding from activities designed to give them a better start in life.
We have now received an extremely disappointing response from Culture NL which states that they remain unwilling to open these primary schools at the same time as nearby high schools and community centres. Needless to say Stuart and I are frustrated by this response and will be following this issue up with Culture NL and asking them to review this decision, as we believe that it can only have a negative effect on our local community.
If you or a club that you are involved with are affected by this issue please do not hesitate to contact our office on 01236 453 969 or email me directly at – firstname.lastname@example.org
It was great to be at the launch event for Cumbernauldfm today, a new community radio station, which is part of the wider Cumbernauld Media Arts and Training project, all designed to help boost the profile and image of Cumbernauld and the surrounding area. All credit to the team of dedicated activists who are working on this, and here’s hoping it’s a tremendous success. Part of their plans are a monthly street market at the town centre, the first of which was held today. Look out for more in the future.
Both myself and Stuart McDonald MP are hosting a Strawberry Tea in aid of Breast Cancer Care next Friday. We’re hoping that many of you will join us for refreshments and to show support for a great cause. Please feel free to share this post and the tea is open to all.
North Lanarkshire Council have recently announced that they will be building 1,800 new homes by 2026. Unlike much of my dealings with North Lanarkshire Council, this news can of course be welcomed.
I have written to Paul Jukes, Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Council, seeking clarity on where exactly the houses will be built. With Cumbernauld and Kilsyth making around 20% of the population of North Lanarkshire, and Cumbernauld being categorised as a pressured area – meaning that there is an acute shortage of housing – I have urged North Lanarkshire Council to ensure that Cumbernauld and Kilsyth receive their fair share of the new houses.
When I receive any more information I will update you as soon as I can.
I welcome today’s Scottish Government announcement of a new drive to recruit GP trainees and the advertisement of 100 new training posts.
The recruitment drive has been launched to encourage more junior doctors to consider the opportunities that a career in general practice provides. It coincides with the opening of applications for 100 new GP training places in Scotland, which are being advertised from today.
The Scottish Government and NHS Education Scotland drive aims to highlight the benefits of living and working as a GP in Scotland. A series of adverts and a social media campaign will run to raise awareness of the opportunities that medical training in Scotland provides.
These 100 new places bring the total number of GP specialist training posts advertised this year to 439, following a recruitment round earlier in the year.
The application window opens today, 9 August, and closes on 25 August. They are being advertised by NHS Education Scotland on behalf of Scottish health boards.
Thanks to Robert at Raw Taekwondo Centre in Cumbernauld for inviting me to visit their excellent new facility today. With over 100 members taking part in classes, this is an excellent local organisation getting people active. Good luck to them in their new home. Please give them a like and share this post and their Facebook page to let people know about them.