Enjoyed being able to talk up Cumbernauld in Parliament this afternoon in a debate about challenges facing New Towns today. Aside from the famous advertising campaign, Cumbernauld is lucky to benefit from a wonderful community spirit, some fantastic local organisations and a surprising amount of green space for a town of its size.
However, constituents would rightly be concerned if I didn’t use this opportunity highlight some of the major challenges facing the town – including transport issues, the regeneration of the town centre and the proposed closure of the HMRC office.
Also really interesting to hear about the experiences of other new towns and to start up a dialogue about how we can tackle some of these problems. While the solutions aren’t always straightforward, I hope and expect we can make some progress towards overcoming these challenges over the next few years.