A look through the files of the Cumbernauld News
CUMBERNAULD’s new court building opened for the first time after years of court sessions being conducted in Cumbernauld Village. The new District court would be part of the new civic complex in Bron Way and the court room would double up as a venue for council meetings. It had been specifically designed to keep prosecution and defence, witnesses, solicitors and the public separate.
A NEWS poll revealed a community divided amongst itself over the route of the M80 – with BOTH Cumbernauld and Kilsyth communities saying ‘‘We don’t want it here!’’ The vast majority of Cumbernauld callers wanted the motorway routed through Kilsyth – and the bulk of Kilsythians wanted Cumbernauld as the chosen route. The poll was billed as the first real chance for locals to have their say – and as 2000 took part, it would seem to have achieved that aim!
A LEGENDARY Irish band which made few Scottish appearances treated locals to a great night of entertaimment at Cumbernauld Theatre. County Clare’s finest Stockton’s Wing let audiences hear their new single ‘‘Letting Go’’. The group were enjoying a renaissance which band members put down to the input of a new member Eamon McElhome who had written the song.
A MOST serious blow to the residents of amenity-starved Balloch – that was the verdict about the removal of a telephone box from the Portakabin Community Rooms, after vandals struck. The Cumbernauld Development Corporation stressed that there was no need for the call box as the area was now sufficiently built up with housing – but members of the community council disagreed. They stressed that the payphone had twice proved to be a lifeline after an ambulance had to be summoned and that the need for it had NOT disappeared.
A LOCAL sports club proudly celebrated the opening of a new clubhouse, after a lengthy period spent in temporary accommodation. Greenfaulds Bowling Club saw the £70,000 facility officially opened by Provost Jim Pollock. It boasted changing facilities, a meeting room and naturally, its own refreshment area! Meanwhile local boxers from the Golden Gloves club found a new base – two empty hutted clasrooms at Glenhead Primary School, despite objections from some locals. The club insisted it would be an asset to the community.
A BINGO and cinema complex was coming to Cumbernauld after being approved by Cumbernauld Development Corporation. Airdie-based County Properties & Developments had invested in a site below the Post Office and would create a 1300 seater bingo hall. The cinema would boast 350 seats.
FANS of Country & Western were being ably catered to a Cumbernauld’s Market Hall. For one of the units, The Alamo was selling a selection of gear ideally suited to enthuisiasts. This included belts, holsters, boots and riding chaps!”
CUMBERNAULD’s newest rector was officially appointed for St Maurice’s High School. Andrew McGarry would be keeping a watchful eye on 400 pupils and 37 teachers when the showcase secondary opened its doors. The Bishopbriggs man had been teaching in St Columba’s secondary in Glasgow before the appointment. When the school itself would be completed, it would boast a language laboratory, a dance studio, a theatre and a swimming pool. The school would accommdate pupils from Condorrat Croy and Kilsyth and was costing £1 million to build.
THE waiting was over after the new Greenfaulds High School opened its doors for the first time. Builders at the new ‘superschool’ were still on the site and expected to be so for several weeks. The school had a few teething problems, including a shortage of modern languages teachers. This meant that some children would not be taught French. Yet Rector David Arthur was looking on the bright side by saying: “I cannot think of any facility we need in the school that has not been planned for.” The £1,250,000 building was not the only school to open in Cumbernauld after Carbrain Temporary School became Hillcrest Primary.
A 16-week strike at the troubled Burroughs plant involving 1200 staff members was finally resolved, prompting sighs of relief across the town. Many families had undergone a lean period as the dispute had seen many locals resort to hire-purchase to make ends meet. An official of Cumbernauld Chamber of Trade said: “Many shopkeepers bent the rules slightly and did not demand payment. Now that the men are back they will be given their due.’’ Staff had decided to finally accept a new wage offer from management.