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TSB Carluke

TSB branch in Carluke High Street

I am very concerned at the decision of the TSB to close the Carluke branch in July, one of 82 branches shutting.

In my previous correspondence with TSB about Carluke branch, they sought to reassure me that their reduced opening hours would not lead to closure of the branch.

I am therefore deeply disappointed that that is where we now find ourselves. I am concerned by the apparent lack of prior consultation with customers or any clear attempt to seek a solution to keep the branch open and sustainable.

I am requesting an urgent meeting with the TSB who need to answer important questions for their customers and this community.

 

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Spray paint and broken window at the Carluke office

An attack on my office on Tuesday night, which has been reported to the police, has saddened me deeply. I have a duty of care for the people who work in my office and this is clearly upsetting for them, as well as for the other tenants in the building and our neighbours.

People can disagree about politics, but there is no excuse for mindless aggression, vandalism or violence which causes stress and anxiety in our local communities.

We should strive for a better politics that respects and seeks to understand other points of view and, thankfully, that is how most people conduct themselves.

We won’t be dragged down by the mindless act of a minority. We’ll clean this up and my service to my constituents will not be affected and the office remains open. I won’t be swayed from the priority of working hard for Clydesdale and achieving a better, fairer Scotland.

 

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Iain Alexander (centre) with Malcolm MacLeod, Scotland Director NHBC, and Aileen.

I was delighted to visit Taylor Wimpey's Benthall Farm development in my patch in East Kilbride, to see the new homes being created and to congratulate site manager Iain Alexander on being named Scottish winner in the NHBC's Pride in the Job Awards.

The award recognises his hard work and dedication. It clearly meant a lot to receive this, and we all have our fingers crossed for him when he attends the UK ceremony next year.

I was impressed to hear about how he works his construction team and also how he helps to bring on new construction talent by supporting and guiding apprentices and younger employees.

The visit, co-hosted by the NHBC, highlighted the regeneration of the Benthall Farm site which has helped create hundreds of jobs, the different types of homes being built and the local amenities that will be available for the residents.

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Bonnington Linn...one of the Falls of Clyde

Tourist sites in Scotland’s rural areas such as Clydesdale can now apply for a share of £3 million funding aimed at helping them meet the demand of growing visitor numbers.

The Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) – administered by VisitScotland - aims to help tourist attractions and their communities deal with the impact of increased visitor numbers on the local infrastructure by helping with improvements such as parking areas, visitor facilities and recycling points.

Communities across Clydesdale should apply for the latest round of RTIF funding.

The importance of a fund dedicated to helping deal with increasing demand can be seen by the level of interest from across Scotland in the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund since its creation in 2017.

Clydesdale is blessed with vibrant, active communities, as well as beautiful surroundings and history. This fund can provide a vital step in growing tourism potential in Clydesdale, and provide innovative initiatives to develop the industry further locally.

Applications are now open, and I call on local projects in Clydesdale to work with South Lanarkshire Council in making an application.

Application forms can be found here: https://www.visitscotland.org/supporting-your-business/funding/rural-tourism-infrastructure-fund

 

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Lest we forget...Lanark on Sunday with Angela Crawley and Councillor Julia Marrs

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Aileen Campbell MSP, Kirkton Chambers, 12 Kirkton Street, Carluke ML8 4AB • 01555 750 249 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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