Did you know that in 2007 when Ward 15 (Blantyre) was reviewed by the then Community Council…., Auchentibber, Blantyre Industrial Estate, Priestfield Industrial Estate, parts of Whistelberry Road, Park and Parkneuk were all moved rather quietly, at least on paper and reclassified as “HAMILTON”!?
I recently learned this after becoming annoyed at companies clearly within the old Blantyre Parish being called Hamilton, eg. UWS Hamilton, Redburn Hamilton, Audi Hamilton.
Blantyre’s Boundaries changed as a direct result to suit the amount of Councillors within it. It was that action which started confusion in postcodes and boundaries. I’m so annoyed at this and feel it gives away parts of Blantyre Heritage to other towns.
With the abolishment of Civil Parishes in 1975, Blantyres boundaries were determined by Community Councils in the shape of Wards. This was a rather complex system and indeed Hamilton County Council once managed parts of Blantyre too.
However, it was the assignment of Ward 15 made smaller in 2006/2007 which has removed many familiar place names from Blantyre territory. Im told it was that reason that Blantyre Community Council couldn’t get involved in the restoration of Auchentibber Memorial, as its not in their ward! Priestfield Industrial Estate, Westcraigs, Whistleberry Road, Whistelberry Industrial Estate, parts of Springwell, Auchentibber, Sydes Brae, Park, Parkneuk, Calderside…..all Hamilton.
The north part of the map still has boundaries in our rivers. However, shifting the river and field boundaries to the south, boundaries that have existed for Centuries seems criminal, especially if it was done for political management and i think certainly for historical analysis, leaves Blantyre with a stripped, loss of identity. The south boundary is now the East Kilbride Expressway.
So, there you go! Be mindful, that boundaries now change with the side effect making things more complex, that population size changes too! If comparing population from 2007 onwards to anything previously recorded, we’re not comparing “apples to apples”.
I couldn’t even start complaining to the council, having to accept that this has been the situation for well over a decade and is reviewed by Councillors each year.
I will say this though, it doesn’t change the facts of history, these places that were in Blantyre, in some cases for centuries. Blantyre Project looks at all the places in the pre 1975 Blantyre Parish, a much larger area than Ward 15.
Just try telling people in Westcraigs, Auchentibber, Sydes Brae or Blantyre Industrial that they now live in Hamilton, and see what reaction you’ll get!!
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