Fire & smoke alarms – new laws

Like many others in Scotland, you may have recently received information about the new law requiring all properties (owned or let) to be fitted with inter-linked smoke and heat alarms.
Although the law was passed some time ago, the government only published the information about this in early October. The first many people knew about it was receiving a leaflet from a potential supplier (Aico).
Due to the short notice, cost and pandemic, the government looks to be pushing the deadline back by a year to 2022. Hopefully we’ll hear more about that this week.
In the meantime, you can find out more about the requirements here.

 

Network Rail – Strathbungo Station demolition

(Latest Update on 19 July 2020: NR’s second response, background on electrification)

Only a couple of weeks ago we were concerned that Network Rail were restarting tree felling along the railway line, and sought assurances that they would abide by previous agreements. They replied to reasssure us that they would. There remains a certain lack of trust around what Network Rail say, and what they do, so perhaps this was a sign of progress.

Jump forward to this week and we discover that, without any consultation with anyone, Network Rail were to demolish the old Strathbungo Station booking hall (more recently Susie’s Shop) on 18-19 July.

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Battle of Langside

Hi, I read an article relating to Queens Park that states that inside Camphill House there were Memorabilia from the Battle of Langside.

Do you know where this is now?

I would love to see it.

Much Appreciated.

William.

Doors Open Day in Strathbungo – we need your contributions

We’re calling for videos and pictures for “Doors Open in Strathbungo”!

Glasgow’s Doors Open Day is going digital this year and they are asking for contributions. The Strathbungo Society is helping with a couple of projects in the area, but we also proposed one of our own – made up from contributions from residents in the ‘Bungo.

We’d like to present a short film giving a residents’-eyes view of our area. It would be made up of videos and photos by ‘Bungo-dwellers to share what they love about this part of Glasgow (we’ll also include some Then & Now comparisons from the Bygone Bungo site). Overall, it will show the streets, the lanes, the architecture and some of Strathbungo’s history, perhaps with a flavour of the community events that are held throughout the year.

Here’s where you come in… We’d love to include your videos and your pictures in the film. Videos need to be short – we only have a total length of about 5 minutes and we have lots to pack in! Contributions should show off the bits of the ‘Bungo that you love – be that the railing or cornices at your home, the greenery currently along the railway line, the architecture – close-ups or panoramas – with or without a commentary… The choice is yours!

Practical stuff:

  • you don’t need any fancy equipment – using your phone is fine
  • all photos and videos sent to us must be in LANDSCAPE orientation, not portrait
  • for video, feel free to record a short voice-over saying what we’re looking at and why you love it
  • ideally, we need to have contributions in by the end of next week, i.e. Friday 24th July

Send your contributions to bitbl@strathbungo.co.uk (we’re recycling that email address!) and we’ll do our best to include it in the ‘Bungo movie of the year 😊

Network Rail Tree Felling, again

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.

Hi Jane
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.
Best regards
Owen

The planning application for a new car park in Pollok Country Park

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.

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Thank you to all who helped make Bungo (NOT) in the Back Lanes possible

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]

It’s Bungo (NOT) in the Back Lanes TODAY!

Ta-ra!

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.

 

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