As we find ourselves in the second half of 2020, we look to move forward from the unprecedented changes of the year so far. Covid has affected everyone, and my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones to it.

I’ve been watching the figures produced daily by the Scottish Government, and the last month has shown a rapid decrease in new cases.

Scotland’s route map for containing and recovering from coronavirus is paying off; we have walked our own path, and as a result lives have been saved.

It is heart-breaking and infuriating that people have lost their loved ones in our neighbour countries due to the shameless (but by now predictable) lack of care by Westminster for their vulnerable constituents.

But we’re not out of the woods yet. We all need to keep the heid and follow the rules to avoid a second wave, even when it’s frustrating.

Face coverings are already mandatory on public transport, and you must wear them in shops from July 10. Best to order some now and get in the habit of wearing them – there are some great locally-made ones, they should have at least a double layer of fabric to actually provide any protection.

Public transport is still on a reduced service, so check first. Children under 12 no longer need to physically distance and can play outdoors with friends.

The first ever socially-distanced meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council took place recently, over video conference call. I’m pleased that during this the transfer of the former Exxon site at Bowling to the council was finally agreed.

After remediation by Exxon, this 150-acre site will be transformed into a new industrial area, bringing new businesses and jobs to the town.

It will also improve the A82 junction at Milton, and provide a much-needed second road between Milton and the Dunglass roundabout.

Work has also restarted on the £15.1 million Renton Campus, which will deliver a new primary school, language and communication unit, and early learning and childcare centre. This project is going to make a huge difference to families both in Renton and beyond.

I’d like to end my column this month by publicly thanking everyone who has helped others during this pandemic.

Whether you are a volunteer, carer, friend, neighbour or simply ‘doing your job’, never doubt that your support will have meant so much to those around you.