Sorry folks, failed to get report of the fourth discussion group at AGM out for last week (see Heather’s post 27th). This group discussed how we might progress the ideas that came out of the Pollokshields charrette or community planning event, subsequent walkabouts for the Nithsdale Rd area (which includes the phone box) and the stall we ran at Bungo in the Back Lanes. Since then very little has happened but recently we were informed by the Pollokshields Trust that it has been approved funding in principle to help the local community develop proposals further – good news.
While it was acknowledged that numerous good ideas for improving the area had been collected, the unanimous view was we should develop proposals to redesign the Nithsdale Rd deadend as a whole, with a view to greening it and changing the road layout. It was felt there was huge potential to improve the street from how it is at present to the benefit of the people who live there, local businesses and the wider local community. The big idea here was there should be a line of trees down the centre (could be in planters) with parking on either side of this central line around which cars could circulate. Coupled with this the pavement areas could be improved (eg removal of rubbish bins).
There was support for setting up a steering group to take this forward, with their first task being to consult and involve local residents and businesses in making the street a better place – with support hopefully from the Pollokshields Trust. While this could include some smaller projects – some “quick wins” (the phonebox?) would encourage people to get involved – central to this should developing proposals for street redesign.
And two new ideas were suggested, a city tree (see here) to reduce the pollution from Pollokshaws Rd and subterranean rubbish bins as happens in many parts of Europe.
If you are interested in getting involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our hosting company will be updating the server where our website lives so the site may be unavailable over the next few hours (1 November).
At the Strathbungo Society AGM on Tuesday 24th October, as well as the usual annual reports and a fascinating insight into Bygone Bungo, we held discussions on a variety of subjects at different tables. We asked each table to provide the top 3 or 4 points from their discussions, so here they are:
Aka the “Bungo Booth”?
Feel free to add your thoughts here, or to comment on our Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who came and took part!
The red phone box on Nithsdale Road is one of the few remaining in Glasgow and BT have now indicated that it is “surplus to requirements” being very little used. They have committed to repainting it and are offering it for community use.
Ideas for future use of the phone box have been discussed as part of the Pollokshields “Make your Mark” walkarounds and also by the Strathbungo Society committee. We’d like to discuss options for its use at our AGM next week, and we’re running a very short survey to see what people think about its use.
You’ll find the survey here. It closes at 5pm pn Wednesday 18th October, so don’t delay!
Come along to review the past year and look forward to what’s coming up. We’ll be hearing about Bygone Bungo and consulting attendees about a range of topics, including options for the red phone box on Nithsdale Road.
We’ll also be electing a new committee, and will be looking for volunteers to help us run the Society over the next year.
Pollokshields Heritage will again be offering three walking tours and two bus tours as their contribution to this year’s Doors Open Days Festival, as follows:-
On Saturday 16th September
Pollokshields Heritage Trail One: the Villas
Starting at 11am from Maxwell Park Station
Walk duration is two hours
Saturday 16th September
Pollokshields Heritage Trail Two: the Tenements
Starting at 2pm from Maxwell Park Station
Walk duration is two hours
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September
Pollokshields Bus Tour
(Registration from 1.45pm at Maxwell Park Station)
Tours start at 2pm from Maxwell Park Station
Tour duration is two hours
Sunday 17th September
Dumbreck & Hazelwood Heritage Walk
Starting at 11.30am from the café at House for An Art Lover
Duration of walk is 60-70 minutes
All the above appear in this year’s Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival brochure on pages 37 and 39, at paragraph numbers 9, 33, 34 and 35.
A new exhibition of the work of Strathbungo’s own Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson – he designed and lived at 1 Moray Place – is currently on at The Lighthouse.
Organised by The Alexander Thomson Society, the GIA and the Mitchell Library, it focuses on Thomson’s drawings of some of his key projects and includes 17 of his rare original drawings.
The exhibition is part of the city-wide celebrations of the bicentenary of Thomson’s birth. It runs until 8 October 2017 and entrance is free.
For more information about The Alexander Thomson Society see – http://www.alexanderthomsonsociety.org.uk