Extra Letters (May 30 edition)

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Send your letters to The Extra, Academy Park, Gower Street, Glasgow G51 1PT, or email us (address above).

Go easy with parking rules

We are told by East Renfrewshire council that a review of parking restrictions in our area will commence shortly, and take a minimum of six months,

and perhaps considerably more.

However, we were previously told that the review has commenced already.

We are told that it’s not okay to park at all, or not for more than ten minutes, or it might be okay, or on the other hand, it might not.

This lack of clarity is incredibly difficult for residents and businesses.

We appreciate that some restrictions may well be a good thing, and we think a review is a good idea.

But while the outcome of the review is awaited please, ERC, do the decent thing, and officially relax the enforcement, before you kill our town centre once and for all.

Clarkston.com (Facebook community group)

Take note of Busby

We at Busby feel we are losing our birth right and identity. If we don’t put up a fight, Busby is going to disappear.

Every time we sign our address as Busby, East Renfrewshire, it is changed to Clarkston and Lanarkshire. Can anyone explain this please?

R Thomson, Busby

Fundraising thanks

We raised an amazing £650 at our curry, quiz and karaoke night on Saturday in Busby Masonic Hall.

It was a very enjoyable evening with thanks going to Jackie Robb for organising the event and to all who supported us. Special thanks to John and Janette McKie from the Braehead Tavern for donating the curry!

All proceeds are going to the Cancer Research UK East Kilbride Relay for Life. The next event is the relay itself, which takes place in East Kilbride on June 21 and 22.

Shiela McDougall, Robb Family and Friends fundraising team.

Blood donors needed

We urgently need to attract more new and returning blood donors.

Only five per cent of the eligible population currently give blood. Every day we need to welcome 1,000 blood donors in Scotland. We need more new volunteers to ensure that we continue to meet hospital requirement for blood and blood products.

We will be inviting Clarkston residents to donate blood when our mobile donating team visit — Sunday, June 9, noon until 3.30pm and Monday, June 10, 2-3.45pm and 5.15-7.30pm.

Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service

Dyslexia roadshow

Around 1 in 10 people have dyslexia, which is commonly thought to be limited to reading and writing problems; but people with dyslexia can often have other difficulties such as poor memory, difficulty concentrating and problems managing tasks.

Dyslexia Scotland is coming to Broom Church, Newton Mearns on Tuesday, June 4 to answer questions or concerns that surround dyslexia.

The roadshow (1-7.30pm) is a free drop in event for anyone with an interest in dyslexia. Everyone is welcome – children, adults, parents and professionals.

Dyslexia Scotland

You said it...

ANIMAL lovers among you were outraged by last week’s front page story, on a Newton Mearns couple who found their cat had been shot in the head with an air


The article provoked plenty of response on our social media sites, with many of you wishing George the cat a swift recovery.

On Facebook, Lisa Kay wrote: “Disgusting! I hope they find the monster who did that!”

Louise MacIntyre agreed, commenting: “Disgusted — who could do that. What a beautiful cat too.”

Gillian Rose added: “Poor George. I hope he recover fully and quickly after this sickening attack!”

Over on Twitter, the conversation turned to the weapon itself, with @DohertyRA commenting: “The front page of this week’s Extra makes me really angry. Why are air rifles even legal? What’s their use?”

Other stories attracting your attention this week included the close of the Southside Fringe — now over until next year, but a popular addition to the area’s arts scene, according to your likes and comments.

And speaking of the arts, our story on the latest from the Albert Drive project — a pop-up house party appearing around Pollokshields — also caught your eye.

We’ll be following the Albert Drive team right up until their end-of-project street party in July — and until then, you can find them on Twitter @AlbertDrive.

One of our new features, the weekly eating out page, appears to be a hit, with plenty of you guessing where we’re dining each week — as well as making suggestions of your own.

As ever, we welcome all comments or story ideas on Facebook or Twitter.

We hope to see you there.