Almost six months after South Lanarkshire reluctantly provided an update on East Kilbride’s Taskforce, Linda Fabiani MSP has again written to South Lanarkshire Council, demanding an update on the Task Force’s activities.
The last update provided was given in March, after an FOI request revealed the Task Force had only met once since October of last year.
It has also been more than a year since the Scottish Government wrote to South Lanarkshire Council, suggesting Linda be invited to join the Task Force. In the last correspondence, Linda was told that a meeting due in May had been interrupted, and that it was to be re-arranged in late summer instead.
Commenting, Linda said:
“It is now more than three years after Rolls-Royce announced their departure from East Kilbride. I have been on record as describing the East Kilbride Task Force as “secretive and slow-moving” and it is disappointing that my concerns have once again fallen on deaf ears.
“It seems that information is never voluntarily given by South Lanarkshire Council on the work of the Task Force. East Kilbride deserves better than that. There have been business initiatives announced recently by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, and I want to make sure that East Kilbride misses no opportunity to take advantage.
“I have again raised concerns that East Kilbride is represented by an SNP MSP and MP, as well as more elected SNP Councillors than those of any other political party, yet it is only Labour and Conservative parties which have representation on the Task Force. The situation has to change so all parties can work together, for the benefit of East Kilbride.”