On 22nd June Network Rail wrote to neighbours about the resumption of tree cutting on the East Kilbride-Glasgow line, which was suspended due to Covid. The letter makes little or no reference to the previous discussions held between Network Rail and the Society, which raises concerns about their intent. Do they intend to stick to their promises, or not?
The letter to neighbours is available below, along with the Society’s response.
20 06 22 Network Rail Letter (pdf)
20 07 03 Strathbungo Society response (pdf)
We have since had a reply by email from Owen Campbell of Network Rail, which is reassuring, and reproduced below.
I hope you are well.
As I am sure you will acknowledge, we have all been blown somewhat off-course by the unprecedented global events that have impacted on us. However, it remains our firm intention to fully engage with the Strathbungo society and other interested stakeholders as we carry out the vegetation clearance and throughout any project which may follow.
Our recent notification was similar to the one that we distributed in February to highlight the resumption of work and, as it was sent out across the whole route – some 10,000 addresses, is necessarily generic.
It could not address the detail of the discussions we had with the society however we can confirm that where the railway narrows and the six metre corridor takes us to the boundary, we will work to retain a screen by selectively targeting and removing only those trees which pose a safety risk either now or going forward.
More widely, we will also honour each of the ‘practical commitments’ which we outlined in earlier emails.
As work resumed, we had our ecologists and those of our contractor in place to specify, monitor and ensure that the work was being delivered appropriately. This will continue throughout.
It is our intention to ‘manage’ the railway embankment to control regrowth and ensure the corridor is safe for the railway and supports a habitat and environment that is no less diverse than at present. Including establishing or enhancing the hedgerow boundaries
And while mitigation for the trees cut will entail planting outwith the railway corridor, we remain open to the idea of doing this in the locale of where the trees were removed – without importing any future risk to the railway.
We will share any further information and updates with the community as early as we can and will work to maintain the consensus we had reached on how the delivery of this work will proceed.
I hope this response provides suitable reassurance.
On 27th May Glasgow City Council applied for planning permission to itself for a new car park, road and footpath as part of the Transforming Pollok Country Park Project (see here for planning papers) and in anticipation of higher visitor numbers to the Burrell once the refurbishment/expansion is complete.
Key: blue = existing road upgraded; black = new road; brown = new footpath; light blue – existing footpath upgraded to disability standards. All illustrations courtesy of GCC Planning Portal.
The application form is not entirely clear but planning consent appears to being applied for:
- a new car park for 277 vehicles on the existing unused Nether Pollok blaes pitch by Hagg’s Road
- widening of the Hagg’s Road exit to form an entrance/exit
- creation of a new road to the Burrell car park and
- installation of various car barriers to limit vehicular access elsewhere in the Park.
The application is open for comment until 6th July and you can do so on the online planning portal above or at end of this blog.
The declared purpose of the application is to reduce the circulation of traffic in Pollok Country Park. It is part of a wider active travel plan accompanying the re-development of the Burrell. The Application contains a report of Glasgow City Council’s engagement with stakeholders that took place in 2019. Since then, as a result of Covid-19, the world and Pollok Country Park have changed beyond recognition.
More specifically the closure of Pollok Park to vehicles during the lockdown and the large numbers of people accessing the park by foot or by bike has transformed ideas of what might be possible. The proposals now look very dated and it is regrettable that Glasgow City Council has not re-considered them before submitting the planning application.
First, a big Thank You to all who took part today:
- the talented musicians (hope their busking was well rewarded!)
- the stall holders (especially those local stall holders responding through the day)
- and everyone who had a party, lunch, glass of wine or water or cuppa, and celebrated all things Bungo on their own, with family or with suitably distanced friends
In normal times, BITBL is put together by the Society’s committee and many other willing volunteers & local business. This year was a wee bit different. Well, a lot different.
So there are three special Thank Yous:
- A huge Thank You to Bungo-ites Mark & Mandy Reid-Foster from Submarine who put together the online market for us, as well as the supporting BNITBL pages on our website. An amazing job, and a LOT of work.
- Massive thanks to Crawford Smith of Southside Sessions for pulling together the music schedule and keeping it all on track today (as well as finishing with a set of his own!).
- From the initial suggestion of “we should do something in our gardens/homes on the day”, one committee member in particular picked up the idea and made this event happen. So another big Thank You to Paola Rezzilli for the vast amount of work she put into making this event possible and keeping things on track through today.
We hope everyone enjoyed their virtual BITBL today, and will carry on visiting our our market! [open until 8pm Sunday 21st June]
The music has come to an end, but we’re extending the online market until 8pm tomorrow (Sunday) night.
You’ll find the stalls at http://bungoblog.com/bnitbl/ so, if you were out enjoying the sunshine and missed your chance today, head over there now and see what’s still on offer!
PS you can also watch most of the musicians on catch-up in the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/590808154972852/.
Every year, the Strathbungo Society organises the community summer festival that is Bungo in the Back Lanes. This year, we’ve had to be a little more inventive.
We couldn’t physically hold the event this year, so the Society has organised an online version of it to create a little of what the event brings to our community, complete with stalls, live music and virtual participation!
The online market will be here from 12noon until 5pm. You can listen to the music and contribute photos or videos of your own celebrations in our Facebook event.
It may have escaped the watchful eye of the Bungo Blog but since lockdown a musical event has taken place every Saturday evening on Titwood Road. Following the initial Thursday “Clap for the NHS”, all of the neighbours on Titwood Road from the corner of Pollokshaws Road to the corner of Thorncliffe Gardens/Waverley Street got together in an attempt to soften the blow of isolation.
Those residents who can play a musical instrument (and/or sing) entertain the others who are more than willing listeners during an historic, unique and never to be forgotten period in the lives of all of us. All of this is enhanced by the presence of one of the neighbours Grant Parfery who is a professional photographer. During each concert Grant has captured the atmosphere in photographs and videos which have come to the notice of the Royal photographer, the Daily Record and Glasgow Live.
Those in attendance vary in age from toddlers to octogenarians. The occasion has become one to savour and eagerly anticipate for all of us. We share glasses of wine, beer and whisky whilst keeping each other good company at distances well in excess of the 2 metres recommended. Friends and relatives have heard about the concert by word of mouth and are adding to the friendly atmosphere by their attendance albeit still maintaining a safe distance. The event takes place – whilst Lockdown is with us – each Saturday evening between 6.30 pm and approximately 8.00 pm. Images can be obtained from the Facebook page of Grant Parfery.
We can’t hold Bungo in the actual Back Lanes this year, so we’ve gone online!
Right now, we’re planning the last details (like the music schedule) but here are the headlines:
- we’re holding it on the day we’d already planned: Saturday 20th June, from 12-5pm
- there will be an online market of stalls, live music online and hopefully your contributions of what you are doing to celebrate all things ‘Bungo
- if you would like a stall, you can bag one here (there are two types: one for those with an existing online presence, and one for those without)
- on the day, the market will be here
- on the day, the music will be here, and that’s also where we’d love your contributions to the day
So… put the date (back) in your diary, book a stall if you’d like one, and plan what you will be doing on the day! With the easing of lock-down, you could even invite another household to join you if you have a garden (suitably distanced, of course).
The latest newsletter has arrived. You can read it here. I’m unsure if it will make it through your door this time around given current social distancing restrictions.
You can also find it, and old newsletters back to the 1990s, at the BygoneBungo Newsletter Archive.
Fellow ‘Bungo dwellers and visitors from further afield:
It will come as no surprise, with all that is happening – and all that is not happening – during these unprecedented times, that the Strathbungo Society has regretfully decided that we won’t be able to hold Bungo in the Back Lanes on 20 June as planned.
The safety and health of our community and its visitors are paramount. We cannot put our community at risk by welcoming hundreds of people from far and wide to our summer community festival in ‘Bungo’s narrow back lanes. We don’t know what the Government’s guidance will be over the next couple of months but, even if the rules were to be relaxed, we feel that people will still be nervous about attending a crowded public event in June. And – being purely practical – normally we’d be in full swing right now preparing for the event, lining up bars, music and stalls, but all of that has been put on hold and we wouldn’t be able to organise the event in time.
We don’t yet know if we can postpone this event to a later date this year. We will continue to monitor both government guidance and the public mood over the next few months. There is a risk that there will be no Bungo in the Back Lanes in 2020 (along with Wimbledon, the Olympics and many other events) but we will keep you posted on that, and on any alternatives that we might plan.
We hope that the Strathbungo community are safe and well. Please stay at home, and take all precautions if you need to venture outdoors.