When constituents made me aware of the abandoned cars at Cadder Woods, I urged the Council to move them as soon as possible and they moved swiftly to do so. Since posting on facebook about Cadder Woods I have been hugely encouraged by several local residents contacting me and the affection they have for the woods. They hugely value that space and want to play their part in ensuring that the area is well safe, well maintained and a welcoming open environment.

Of course that community response must be matched by key stakeholders taking a lead. Along with local councillors I am arranging a site visit to Cadder Woods (covid restrictions permitting) with Cadder Housing Association, Council officers and Scottish Canals. With massive investment at the Canal, not least of all at Stockingfield Junction, I am sure everyone will want to see nearby communities also benefit. I also know Cadder Primary School hugely value the area and are actively looking at what more can be done to use the woods as an outdoor learning resource

I intend to establish a Cadder Woods Action Group to ensure the local community are at the heart of any future discussions about how to ensure the area is enhanced. We have an opportunity to make Cadder Woods the kind of community resource we all want to see.

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