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County Councillor

From Les Sharp to Menstrie Matters, March 2013

By the time this issue goes to print, the new Council Budget will have gone through the process required to (hopefully) be accepted. It has been a very tough and rigorous process having to find some £7M of saving for the coming year. Hard decisions have had to be made but hope I that they have been made with a fair view to all.

In the work going on around the village, there can be little doubt that there is an impact to our community. The work to the West is creating a much improved footpath and cycleway and also addressing the drainage issues along the roadside. The installation of a Toucan crossing to the East will not only complete another part of the cycle network and provide safe crossing, but will help in traffic speed reduction from that area.

Work progresses on the Community Garden project; permissions gained, equipment 'begged' and a commitment from the Community Payback team to assist in some of the heavier work required, building raised beds etc. I would urge anyone with an interest in gardening to get involved. It is a really worthwhile project and will help brighten up the village with flowers and plants.

You will see, elsewhere in this issue, a report from the OLP outlining the planned work from them. Again, I would encourage you to get involved. This work will make such a difference to the village for years to come.

As we approach the season for village events, it is vital to their success that more people get involved. Please check out notice boards, web site (www.menstrie.org) and of course 'Menstrie Matters' for what is needed. The bulk of the events are, after all, put together for the children of the village and all that is needed is for parents to do a little to assist.

As always I can be contacted at my surgery each Tuesday between 6-7pm in the Dumyat Centre, by e-mail, by phone 0|259 452286 or by personal contact.

Councillor Les Sharp
lsharp@clacks.gov.uk

March 2013

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