Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Support for wildlife garden

On a walkabout, I visited the wildlife garden at Glasgow University. This is a beautiful space providing important wildlife habitats including a pond and compost area.

View of the new wall in the garden
View of the pond.

The dedication and commitment of staff and students at Glasgow University has ensured that the wildlife garden is sustained. Thanks go to everyone who has provided the resources to ensure the garden is looked after.

Lynedoch Street Open Space

There is an open space on the corner of Lynedoch Street and Woodlands Road which is a important amenity for the community. It is well used by dog walkers but has a litter problem which creates an eyesore. Some graffiti has been put on the wall. Perhaps, it would be more appropriate for a mural to be designed for the area.

View of graffiti
Littering in the open space.

I am interested in supporting clean ups and artworks for this open space. I will be working with residents to develop activities to enhance this space for use as a community garden. 

Restoring the Azalea Walk

Within Kelvingrove Park, there is a magnificent Azalea Walk located on a path nearby the Sunlight Cottages. The Azalea Walk is overgrown. Friends of Kelvingrove Park are organising an event for volunteers to help with weeding and removal of the saplings growing up through the azalea bushes.

View of Sunlight Cottages

View of Azalea Walk

The council will provide a gardener to train volunteers on the day and all the equipment we need – plenty of gloves, spades, black bags, etc! 

Meet at the Bandstand on Kelvin Way at 2pm on Sunday 4th June. This is a family-friendly event of course – children and babies very welcome.

Further details, please enrol on the Kelvingrove Park Facebook page.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Supporting start-ups

There are small and medium businesses who play a vital role in Hillhead's economy.  Retail and financial services will always be important parts of our economy, but we need an economic strategy with a sustainable industrial core providing good quality jobs. I am supporting start-ups and investment in apprenticeships, colleges and universities.

View of some units to let in Woodlands Road
New businesses are opening on Woodlands Road.

Local streets such as Woodlands Road in the Hillhead area have empty properties, including vacant shopfronts, which could be made more easily available for use as short-term start-up business, community or creative spaces. 

Further details of the Scottish Green Party's Manifesto for Glasgow including support for Glasgow's economy at: https://greens.scot/glasgow/manifesto/power-in-your-hands

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Support for independent music stores

This afternoon, I dropped in to Mixed Up Records on Otago Lane as part of my support for Record Store Day. I bought several second hand CDs to enjoy.

Promotions for Record Store Day
Special poster on display for RSD17
View of Mixed Up Records.

I believe the independent businesses on Otago Lane are a vital aspect of the West End. They are unique places in Glasgow and well worth exploring.

Better cleansing services for tenements

Today, I visited tenement closes in the Willowbank Crescent area, today. I was very impressed to find a well maintained street, community garden and back lane. This is possible due to the dedication of residents, regular clean ups in the area and ongoing support from Cleaning Staff. 

 Willowbank Street Community Garden
Willowbank Crescent Lane 

A large number of bins have been provided for recycling of food waste, newspapers, cardboard and glass in the back lane. The general refuse is collected in large industrial bins. This has reduced the problems with littering and transformed the backcourts. The community garden is supported by Woodlands Community Development Trust. This can be an inspiration to other people experiencing difficulties with littering in their backcourt.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Support space for cycling

Concerns have been raised by residents concerned about the quality of our streets for cycling. They want better designed streets to encourage people to cycle as this can improve our health and air quality, reduce casualties and create safer, more pleasant local neighbourhoods.

The research from Space for Cycling highlights that 67% of people aren't confident cycling on busy roads.

I feel that it is too dangerous to cycle on Glasgow's road network and generally, I will cycle off road within the Kelvin Walkway and Canal Towpath. I am aware of increased interest from residents who want to cycle and it is time to ensure we create safer space for cycling.

In the Green Councillors Budget proposals, we provided for capital investment in the North Glasgow City Route and the East Glasgow City Cycle Route. Within the regeneration plans for the waterfront and West End, there is support for segregated cycling infrastructure in Byres Road and the wider area. 

I am seeking to ensure that the needs of cyclists are addressed in an effective, integrated approach as part of investment plans for the Hillhead area.

I have supported the call for Space for Cycling at www.ctc.org.uk/spaceforcycling/councillors