From Les Sharp, September 2012
May I first thank everyone who placed their trust in me by voting for me in the May elections and allowing me to become a Councillor for the ward. So far it has been a huge learning curve and a great deal of hard work.
Being fortunate to be part of a new Administration, I thought I would have my work cut out learning the ropes but being asked to Chair a committee, Housing, Health and Social Services, I felt both honoured and a bit scared, never having tackled anything like this before. So far I have been incredibly fortunate. The support from Council Officers and fellow Councillors has been unparalleled and allowed me to be involved from day one.
Although it is still early days we have managed to gain a few small wins for the village: Repairs to equipment in the play park; opening the new cycle path which will have dual purpose bins installed in the very near future; access issues around 'the factory' being resolved with the erection of new signage in the next few weeks to address safety issues; and the completion of Park Road South after many, many years of trying and waiting!
There are other developments in the pipeline such as further improvements to the new path and ensuring a safer access and exit route. The Dumyat Centre is getting a coat of paint to smarten it up even more and some new road traffic safety measures put in place.
Please remember that I have a surgery each Tuesday in the Dumyat Centre between 6.00 and 7.00pm where I am happy to see anyone who has problems or issues that I am able to discuss or help with. And, of course, you can still get me on e-mail, telephone or simply stop me in the street!
The Community Council now has a couple of vacancies. I would urge you to get involved, especially the younger generation. It is how this small Hillfoots village has acquired a huge, enviable, reputation amongst its peers for 'punching above its weight' in this tough climate.