Mark McGeever and Liberal Democrats call for end to officials’ emergency powers as Lockdown ends

EMERGENCY powers delegated to the council’s top officials must now return to elected councillors, argue South Lanarkshire’s Liberal Democrats.

When the nationwide lockdown began in March local authorities allowed urgent decisions to be made by appointed officers.

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Mark calls on council to protect leisure facilities

Hamilton West & Earnock’s councillor Mark McGeever and his Liberal Democrat group argue repairs need to be carried out so football pitches, golf courses and bowling greens can be used after lockdown.

URGENT action is needed to prevent lockdown damaging people’s health and destroying local facilities, argue South Lanarkshire’s Liberal Democrat councillors.

They warned the refusal to allow maintenance of public amenities like golf courses, football pitches and bowling greens threatens to cause permanent damage. The re-opening of outdoor leisure facilities for public use should also be considered.

Failing to do the essential work now risks forcing crucial community facilities to stay closed long after the lockdown ends.

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Philips factory housing bid must be fully thought-out: Mark McGeever

THE COMMUNITY’S needs should be carefully considered before decisions are made on proposals for the Philips factory.

An application for new housing is likely to be made by a developer.

Liberal Democrat councillor Mark McGeever contacted them to call for discussions with Hamilton West and Earnock’s elected councillors, people who live in the area, and both the Earnock Residents Association and Hillhouse Community Council.

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Hamilton Home Care Improvement Order

Hamilton West & Earnock’s Councillor Mark McGeever said the Care Inspectorate’s “serious concerns” require urgent attention from the council’s administration and most senior officers.

The inspectorate served a formal Improvement Notice on Hamilton Home Care.

Cllr McGeever, the deputy leader of the opposition Liberal Democrats Group, said: “The Care Inspectorate’s findings are deeply worrying.

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