A planning application for the vacant ground at 47 Nithsdale Street has been submitted, and can be viewed at Glasgow City Council’s Planning Portal, using reference 23/01662/FUL. The application is titled “Use of land for siting of steel containers for use as cafe and hot food takeaway (Sui generis), includes installation of flue extract, with external seating area and erection of fence.”
Whatever your views, you can respond before the deadline of 25 September. You can find some useful guidance on responding to planning applications at Planning Law Blog.
It is worth noting that this vacant site sits within the conservation area, although, oddly, the adjacent buildings (World Foods, etc) do not (there is a map on the BungoBlog).
Full site plan including the two steel containers, and open air bench seating
And here’s the site as seen on Google Maps. It’s been tidied up and the gable end wall repaired since this view however.
The planning application for the second of the Arnold Clarke sites (134 Nithsdale Drive) has been submitted, and can be viewed at Glasgow City Council’s Planning Portal, using reference 23/01956/FUL.
Whatever your views, you can respond before the deadline of 22 September. At 104 flats, this is possibly the largest development in Strathbungo area since the 19th century, so please consider making your views (positive or negative) heard. You can find some useful guidance on responding to planning applications at Planning Law Blog.
It is worth noting that the site is not within the Conservation Area but is directly adjacent to it. The site is surrounded by Listed Buildings at Moray Place, Salisbury Crescent and Darnley Street (there is a map on the BungoBlog).
Thanks to Toby for submitting this.
Here’s an aerial view
The architects state “Our design thinking seeks to ‘fill the gap’ complementing the scale and aspirations of surrounding buildings, with particular reference to the work of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, whose Category ‘A’ listed terrace, Moray Place faces onto the site.”
Note here’s what the plan looked like as originally proposed in March. While the block is similar, note how the detailing and the curved end features have been dropped and an extra flat stuck on each end instead.
Queen’s Park Working Group, a community and Council partnership, has secured funding to engage landscape architects Ironside Farrar to develop proposals (and funding sources) to improve Queen’s Park and Recreation Ground.
As part of this work a Community Consultation has been launched that seeks folks’ views on how they use the park, what they like about it and how they think it could be improved.
The consultation questionnaire is available to complete in a variety of ways:
In addition, posters will be put up around the park and adjacent localities that will display a QR code that will link into the online questionnaire.
So if you want to have your say just go online or head to South Seeds to fill out the short questionnaire.
Only two weeks to go! What are you planning for Bungo in the Back Lanes this year?
Saturday 17th June 2023, 1pm-5pm.
There will be the famous society tombola and bottle stalls, residents’ stalls, two tea gardens, two bars, two live music venues, a children’s garden and a craft fair.
There’s plenty of guidance on the FAQ page, from setting up stalls, to food hygiene, to donations. But, please, no sale of alcohol, nor drinking of alcohol in the lanes – it’s illegal and may get us all in trouble.
We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help out for a bit on the day, setting up, taking down, running our stalls, etc. See the volunteers page for details.
We are also looking for donations to our tombola and bottle stalls. If you can contribute details for this year are as follows:
Tombola donatons welcome at 21 Regent Park Square – Harriet Steynor (07729 451917)
Bottle stall donations welcome at 53 Queen Square – Teresa Mooney
This just in from Network Rail. Moray Place closure, and the new bridge is coming!
With our upcoming work involving the closure of Moray Place from 12-23 June, I wanted to send a reminder that the parking spaces at the Arnold Clark building will remain available for residents at 1-10 Moray Place.
Ahead of the footbridge installation, it would also be helpful for our preparatory works if residents could please utilise these spaces from 8 June onwards – as this will allow us to complete our work as efficiently as possible.
The actual lifting in of the new footbridge will take place overnight on Saturday 10 June from Darnley Road.
As previously advised, our work sites at both Darnley Road and Arnold Clark are scheduled for demobilisation in July.
Thank you for your continued patience.
Communications Manager, Scotland
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It’s all Back Lanes: Details of Bungo in the Back Lanes, Brighter Bungo – it’s this SUNDAY 4th June, not Saturday as stated – and back lane repairs.
Thanks to Rhiannon Spear for editing this one. If you want to write something for the newsletter, or even better if you fancy helping edit it get in touch.
You can also find the newsletter, and old ones back to the 1990s, at the BygoneBungo Newsletter Archive.
With planning permission in place we reviewed our budget in the light of rapidly increasing costs. The full extent of works is beyond our available funds, and so we have elected to repair the Vennard Gardens lane entrance at Moray Place, and the central section of the Marywood & Queen Square lane that is most prone to flooding. The Vennard Gardens lane entrance at Pollokshaws Road is beyond our budget unless further funds become available.
That said, as soon as we agreed to proceed, our contractor, Richard Birch Gardens, got to work. They have already cleared blocked gulleys and have commenced work in Vennard Gardens. Access to the lane here will be impossible for the next week or so. Once this is complete, work will begin in the other lane, probably week commencing May 29th.
Work should be complete before Bungo in the Back Lanes.
Meanwhile local resident Christine Gibson has nicely documented the growth of the puddle from the early 1960s to the present day:
We have previously reported on plans to undertake some repairs to the back lanes.
It’s been a bit quiet since, mainly because the Council then decided to require us to make a planning application. We have just been informed we have permission to go ahead, and we are looking at a possible start in late April, or failing that in July, depending on the availability of our contractor, Richard Birch Gardens.
The planning application applies to both Vennard/Marywood cross lanes where they meet Vennard Gardens. It can be accessed on the Glasgow Planning Portal, ref 23/00175/FUL, or this direct link might work.
The Marywood Square back lane repairs are just that, and simpler in scope, so we have not pursued a planning application for this work. It may also ultimately be outside our fixed budget, but we will endeavour to achieve what we can.
Meanwhile we were originally told this could be a pilot for further repairs, but have since been informed that we can only apply for funding once. So unless there is a change of policy, the project stops once this work is done.
The footbridge is being replaced in the coming months, and should be in place by mid June and open in July.
You will have seen the single lane closure to establish a base on Darnley Road. Further closures are coming:
28 April-2 May
12 May-16 May
2 June-5 June
Complete closure of Darnley Road between Sainsbury’s and Kildrostan Street over three long weekends
5 June-13 June
Closure of Moray Place
This is the design of the replacement:
Network Rail’s latest design proposal. Apologies for the low resolution, but that’s what they supplied.
We have had some further detail (only after pressure…) as follows:
Network Rail have announced a new home for Strathbungo’s footbridge.
The bridge, recently removed into storage, will find a new home at the Caledonian Railway’s Brechin Station. The old cast iron columns that held up Strathbungo Station’s booking hall (later Susie’s) will also be re-used at Brechin.
Caledonian Railway is a railway preservation charity that runs trains from Brechin to Bridge of Dun in Angus. They previously re-used the footbridge from Dunblane station at Bridge of Dun.