Stuart McDonald MP

for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

I met with Condorrat resident John Burke today, who offered Jamie Hepburn MSP and me the opportunity to view a tapestry which he has been gifted from a former resident of Condorrat, now living in the USA. The tapestry shows areas and scenes from around the town. Mr Burke is looking to have the tapestry displayed publicly in the local area and this is something that Jamie and I will be happy to assist with

For those of my constituents who are over 60 and live in East Dunbartonshire I’d like to encourage you to make use of the handy bus service provided by East Dunbartonshire Community Transport.

I understand that all minibuses are fully accessible and can collect you from your own home (Carers can go along too), ideal if you are finding it difficult to use public transport.

Bus services run on a Tuesday and Thursday to local supermarkets – costing £5 for a return trip.

On a Friday, there are trips to shopping centres and towns further away.

Over-60s shopping trips run:
· Every Tuesday – from your door to Tesco, Waitrose or Dobbies Garden Centre, Milngavie (£5)

· Every Thursday – from your door to ASDA Robroyston.

There are also a series of Friday trips to the likes of Alexandria with a stop at Luss, Braehead/IKEA, Sterling Mills in Tillicoutry,
Silverburn Shopping Centre and Glasgow Christmas Market.

For more information on services provided by EDCT call 0845 605 5955, e-mail or visit

Thanks to everyone attending the winter advice surgery hosted by Jamie Hepburn MSP and me in Cumbernauld today, and to all the supporting organisations and businesses for helping out.

Similar events to follow in Kilsyth and Lennoxtown.

Cumbernauld Town Centre Survey: just to remind you that Jamie Hepburn MSP and I are holding our second public meeting on Cumbernauld Town Centre on Tuesday 4th October at 7.30pm in Cumbernauld New Town Hall. Our previous public meeting on 9th September produced a number of vital opinions and we hope if you were not able to attend that you might come along to this meeting and add your opinions, thoughts and ideas on all areas of the town centre. In addition, our online survey is still open, via…/1k5gCRaeoM1PJBDr090KhjD…/viewform…. Hundreds of people have completed the survey already, and we always welcome more in order to help inform and encourage those who can make a difference to improving the town centre.

All welcome at the Winter Advice Surgery I am holding with Jamie Hepburn MSP this Saturday ( 1st October ), from 10.30 – 12.00 at Cumbernauld New Town Hall. We’ve had great feedback from previous events, where people were able to access advice that really benefited them – either by saving money on fuel bills or getting help applying for welfare payments they were entitled to. Definitely worth popping by

I was delighted at how successful last weekend’s Doors Open Days were for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth – and extend my congratulations to everyone who worked hard to make it a brilliant few days, particularly the organiser Adam Smith and Cumbernauld Community Development Trust and volunteers. It was a great opportunity for people to see inside our important buildings and churches, as well as the chance to talk about our experiences and memories of these places. If you were inspired by the days and what you saw around Cumbernauld Town Centre specifically, please contribute your ideas and thoughts to the short survey Jamie Hepburn MSP and I are conducting on ways to improve the Town Centre. We’re delighted with the response so far but there’s still time to have your say! Don’t miss out – visit…/1k5gCRaeoM1PJBDr090KhjD…/viewform…

Along with Jamie Hepburn MSP I have been contacted by a number of local residents reporting a range of concerns around the condition of the flats at Millcroft Road and Greenrigg Road that back onto South Carbrain Road. We have recently written out to a significant number of residents because we are keen to learn their views on this matter and are undertaking both a postal survey and online survey of households in the vicinity of these properties to find out opinions on these issues and work out a way forward to bring improvements to this area. If you would like to complete this survey you can do so at the following link:

The majority of these flats are owned by registered private landlords, and the most recent figures we have received indicate that of the 312 flats there are 191 registered private landlords in the blocks, which equates to 61% of ownership. This therefore restricts the ability of the Council or any Housing Association to act to make improvements.

This week we had impressive presentations at Westminster from two organisations working for LGBT equality in Scotland. Stonewall Scotland are a well known and long established organisation doing great things in workplaces, public services and communities to tackle discrimination and homophobia while Pink Saltire contribute to these goals through new media and creative arts – including three impressive films they shared with us.

You can read more about the work the Scottish Government is taking forward regarding LGBT equality here –

Thanks to Parkinson’s UK in Scotland for briefing on local issues for people with Parkinson’s in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East.

Also this morning, I met with the new immigration minister to raise a wide number of issues, including an issue faced by too many constituents – restrictive rules that prevent the husbands, wives, partners and children of local people joining them here.

I was then in the chamber for International Development questions (and Prime Minister’s Questions). Next up is the All Party Group on FOBTs where we will be gathering further evidence – topical in light of Monday’s Panorma programme.

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