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MSP calls for Broadwood Loch improvements

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Saturday, June 25th, 2011.

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CUMBERNAULD and Kilsyth SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn has told North Lanarkshire Council to "up its game" and work with community groups and local people to improve the facilities and environment around Broadwood Loch.
Jamie’s comments come after he contacted the Council on behalf of a constituent who had suggested the local could be brought up to the same standard as other open water spaces such as those in Strathclyde and Drumpellier Parks.  In response to suggestions that Broadwood might be suitable for pedalo hire or a ‘trim track’ outdoor gym facility, the Council would only say that these facilities already existed within “easy travelling distance of people within the North Lanarkshire area.”
In a letter to Jamie Hepburn, North Lanarkshire Council’s Head of Land Services, Kenneth Wilson said: “Whilst we will always endeavour to enhance existing facilities and engage with community or commercial groups to explore any ideas that may be beneficial, it is not envisaged that the expansion of services which would increase pressure on current financial resources would be acceptable within the challenging financial situation that all local authorities find themselves in.”

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Commenting, Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “Broadwood Loch is a wonderful asset to the area, I had hoped for a more positive response from North Lanarkshire Council to the suggestion that more could be done to make it a real focus for leisure and exercise in Cumbernauld.
“Suggesting that people in Cumbernauld should be grateful for facilities that exist in Motherwell and Coatbridge is a very disappointing tone from a Council which many already feel takes this area for granted.
“I’m not suggesting the Council should be spending money it doesn’t have – but a bit of imagination and leadership could see a partnership in the local area working to maximise the potential of Broadwood Loch.  I hope the Council will up its game and look seriously at working with the community to develop the loch into an area of which we can all be proud.”

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