Cambuslang politicians in call for economic recovery plan for the local area

Meghann Showers

A Cambuslang councillor and a list MSP have called for an economic roadmap to be created to help the town. Councillor Margaret Walker, who represents Cambuslang West, and James Kelly believe an economic recovery plan to support businesses would be a boost to the region. Mr Kelly has written to […]

A Cambuslang councillor and a list MSP have called for an economic roadmap to be created to help the town.

Councillor Margaret Walker, who represents Cambuslang West, and James Kelly believe an economic recovery plan to support businesses would be a boost to the region.

Mr Kelly has written to South Lanarkshire Council calling on it to offer additional support and advice to businesses, and to do what it can to ensure funding support is allocated appropriately.

Councillor Walker said: “We need an economic recovery plan which will support small businesses throughout the Cambuslang area. Business support grants should be made available as well as other services.

“Our town centre has long needed further improvement. Proper plans must be put in place to ensure that vacant land and properties are filled.

“The Scottish Government must ensure that local government economic development services are adequately funded in order to ensure that they can provide this support.

“For too long we have seen support become subject to efficiency savings, and pulled from under the feet of businesses. But right now, it is more vital than ever.

“We must do everything we can to protect jobs through business recovery. “

James Kelly added: “The closure of the Two Sisters plant was last year was a huge blow to Cambuslang, and now many more face the prospect of unemployment as a result of the recent pandemic.

“Both of these things are only set to get worse if there is not proper support provided for local businesses.

“It is absolutely vital that jobs are protected to ensure people can continue to support themselves and their families financially. For the same reason, it is of the upmost importance that businesses are protected to ensure that jobs remain available.

“For years I have been hearing from constituents who are fed up with the state of the Main Street. The community council and locals have come together to move forward on those plans, and a key focus has been reducing the number of vacant properties.

“Yet, now more than ever that prospect is a very real threat. These businesses need sufficient support to help them survive.”

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