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NLC Provost Signs Petition


The provost of North Lanarkshire threw his weight behind a campaign for town status for Shotts, a campaign created by The Wishaw Press.

Councillor Jim Robertson, who represents the people of Shotts on North Lanarkshire Council, signed the petition at the council’s headquarters in Windmillhill Street, Motherwell.

Speaking after making the pledge, Provost Jim Robertson said: “I have campaigned for Shotts throughout my time as a local councillor and it has paid dividends through the many millions of pounds invested in the area by North Lanarkshire Council.

“Alex Neil and his cronies are jumping on a bandwagon of sentiment. But how much have they contributed to the town’s development during the past nine years?

“Being designated a town centre would undoubtedly open up new funding routes for economic and community development and I would certainly welcome that.

“We have to be careful to safeguard existing retail outlets and community facilities.

“The last thing anyone would want is to jeopardise the investment already made in Shotts and Dykehead and those in the pipeline.”

The Newspaper launched the campaign last week Last week for Shotts to become the newest town in Scotland.

They urged their readers, community groups, politicans, church leaders, businesses and traders to unite and back the campaign by signing their petition to make it a reality.

And we urged North Lanarkshire Council to get behind our campaign.

Shotts being given town status would attract investment, regeneration cash and much-needed jobs to the area.