I propose to focus on a common-sense development plan for Stonehouse
that will deliver the facilities people want in Stonehouse!
years, Iíve been inundated with complaints that Strathaven has a sports
centre and Stonehouse doesnít.†
Iím told the park in Strathaven has better play equipment than
the park in Stonehouse. The fact is: the majority of Strathavenís
public facilities such as the sports centre, the park and most
new 3G pitch at the Strathaven rugby club have all been paid for by the
Strathaven community through local clubs, groups and local fund raising.
understand that the Stonehouse community doesnít have the same level of
clubs or community groups, never mind the money or resources to deliver
all the additional (nice to have) facilities that the town wants.
However, neither does South Lanarkshire council!
In my mind,
the only way to deliver these additional public services in Stonehouse is
by growing the town, developing new homes and business properties in a
scale that will:
facilities fit for the 21st century and potentially even:
secondary school in Stonehouse for all our Stonehouse young people.
The level of
development I have in mind is massive and will mean giving up a lot of
land to the north of the village, potentially to the river but unless we
think big: your council will continue to think small and allow the town
to grow at a snailís pace, while at the same time (just like Strathaven):
transferring all the planning gain money by stealth means to other towns
such as Hamilton and East Kilbride.