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What our readers have been writing about this week.

of us residents

Sir, – I am writing this letter to appeal to the people of Kilsyth to respect the fact there are now families living in the flats above the shops on Main Street.

There are two types of people I wish to reach out to.

The first are those people who bring their dogs shopping and feel it is acceptable to leave the poor animals tied up outside the shops where they whine and bark in distress wondering where their owners have gone, being tormented by other dogs and passers by.

This cannot be nice for the dogs and it’s certainly not nice for us to hear and be disturbed.

Some owners can leave their dogs for up to 40 minutes at a time. One poor wee Jack Russell-type terrier spends every Sunday morning about 8am tied up outside Co-op and whines and barks the whole time and wakes us up.

When you only get sleeping about 2am this is really early, which brings me on to the other group.

These are not just teenagers we are talking about. Middle-aged revellers feel we should benefit from their karaoke and arguments as they pass down the Main Street. Trust me, none of us want to hear you. It’s annoying. How would any of these people like it if I stood outside their house at 2am in the morning, woke up their kids or left my dog in their garden to bark for ages while they try to sleep.

So please, think of the residents next time you go down the Main Street. – Yours etc.,


Sean’s a real

marathon man

Sir, – I would like to bring to the attention of all our Cumbernauld Bon Marche customers that our Regional Manager, Sean Casey, was successful in completing the NY Marathon, and thanking them for their contributions in raising over £6000 for Macmillan Cancer. – Yours etc.,


Bon Marche


Don’t abuse

disabled space

Sir, – I read with interest the piece re disabled parking bays on the rooftop of the Town Centre in last week’s News.

My point is also related to disabled parking bays, not the rooftop ones, but the misuse of parking bays in and around the town centre, including Asda and Tesco car parks.

We as a family recently had to apply for a blue badge due to my partner having a stroke and when the badge arrived it was accompanied by a 14-page book of the uses and non-uses of the badge, with one paragraph outlining a fine of £1000 for misuse.

My point is that able-bodied people just don’t care enough when they randomly park up in a disabled space and just nick in for a bit of shopping.

Asda have signs up outlining a £60 fine but I wonder if that has ever been implemented. On one occasion recently in the Tesco car park a guy in a BMW glided into what was the last available disabled bay next to us. He jumped out and disappeared into Tesco, no blue badge in the car and he was by no means disabled. Meanwhile, an elderly couple were driving around looking for a space. I went into Tesco to ask what could be done about such a selfish attitude to be told by an employee at reception that the disabled bays were only there as a courtesy issue and not mandatory.

I’m not asking for much, just spare a thought for others because one day it might be you – you have been warned. – Yours, etc.,


via email

Support our

Candle of Hope

Sir, This Christmas World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) is offering your readers the chance to remember loved ones lost to cancer with a Candle of Hope pin badge.

The gold brooch symbolically lights the way to a future free from cancer as money raised from its sale funds essential scientific and education cancer prevention programmes.

This Christmas appeal comes at a time when people’s thoughts often turn to departed friends and relatives.

The candle emblem provides a reminder of a loved one as well as hope for the future by helping us raise awareness of cancer prevention. Scientists estimate that by making changes to the food we eat, increasing our amount of physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight about a third of the most common cancers could be prevented.

To support our Candle of Hope appeal and receive your badge, please make a donation at or call our team on Freephone 0800 970 1461. – Yours etc.,


General Manager, WCRF

Nominate a

youth worker

Sir, – Youth workers and youth work practitioners from across North Lanarkshire are being encouraged to nominate entries for the National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2012 organised by YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work.

The National Youth Worker of the Year Awards 2012 aim to recognise and celebrate outstanding service and performance by managers, youth workers, peer educators and individuals working within the youth work sector in Scotland across 12 separate categories.

The deadline for nominations is January 20. For more on the awards and to download a nomination form, visit our website at Yours etc., –


Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland