Overflowing bins Nithsdale Rd 20th October
Representatives from the Strathbungo Society had a very helpful and productive meetings with officers from the new super department at the Council, Neighbourhoods and Sustainability, which is responsible for bin and litter collections, on Wednesday. We reported a wide range of issues including missed bin collections (see here for example) and overflowing public litter and recycling bins.
There have been specific issues with the collection of the purple (glass) and brown (garden and organic waste) bins which have been partly caused by staff shortages. These are being addressed and, as many residents will have noted, the glass collections have been brought back in-house. The Council Officers also explained that they are currently working on collection schedules for the new larger public litter bins (which appear to be filling up quicker than anticipated). We raised a number of specific issues .e.g about reporting of contaminated bins (wrong type of rubbish in bin), reporting of bulk waste, repair to broken bins etc which the Council have agreed to look into and get back to us. We will then meet again with a view to putting out updated information for local residents and updating our web page “https://bungoblog.com/got-a-problem/raise-it-with-the-council/
Meantime, we have also decided to try and collect information on problems locally. So, if you report a problem to the Council (eg missed bin collection) and its not satisfactorily resolved please let us know at email@example.com (photos are very helpful).
The Trustees of the Strathbungo Society have today published our draft annual report 2018-2019 Trustees-Report-(final draft AGM) and accounts Receipts and Payments 2018 to 2019 – Final 21st Oct for our Annual General Meeting next Tuesday (see Notice of Strathbungo Society AGM). The meeting is asked to consider and then approve the Annual Report and Accounts before they are submitted to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
The Annual Report gives an indication of what the Society has been doing and achieved over the last year. We hope local residents will take a couple of minutes to read it and it will inspire more people to get involved in whatever way they can.
If you have questions on either the Annual Report or the Accounts and are unable to attend the AGM do please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 29th October 2018 7.30-8.30pm
Queen’s Park Church Hall 170 Queen’s Drive
- Welcome, introductions and apologies
- Minute of last year’s AGM Monday 29th October 2018
- Matters Arising: Chair
- Network rail vegetation management
- Future of Crossmyloof Resource Centre site on Titwood Rd
- Other topical issues: bin collections (please notify email@example.com of others before meeting)
- Trustees Report
- Election of Officer Bearers/Trustees
- Chair; Vice-chair; Secretary; Treasurer;
- Election of Committee (up to 15 places)
Tea and coffee from 7pm and refreshments afterwards
Background and update
After the Strathbungo Society heard that Network Rail proposed to clear all vegetation along Moray Place, we wrote to them copying in our local elected political representatives and politicians to express our concern. Ten days ago Network Rail responded to us 20 Sept Strathbungo Society NR Response. The Strathbungo Society has carefully considered this and believes that it raises far more questions than it answers so on Friday we responded to them. Set out below are what we believe are the substantive issues at stake. We would welcome comments either on social media or to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope local residents, and other people living along the Glasgow -E.Kilbride Line who will be affected by the proposed works, find it helpful and that it helps with further lobbying/campaigning.
This morning the Strathbungo Society received the welcome news that Network Rail’s proposed tree works on the Glasgow – E.Kilbride line won’t start this weekend. Nicola Sturgeon, our MSP, had earlier in the week secured agreement from Network Rail that they would meet with the Strathbungo Society. We asked her then to clarify whether Network Rail would suspend any work until we had a chance to negotiate and she has received the following reply from the Network Rail Communications Manager: “I have spoken to the project team and can advise that we won’t be doing any work for now on the stretch of railway between Nithsdale Road and Crossmyloof station.”
(Statement from Fiona Mackinnon on behalf of the Strathbungo Society)
Network Rail are planning to cut down every tree along the 11 miles of track between East Kilbride and Glasgow Central. Their timetable starts in September i.e . now. When the chainsaws and giant chippers plan to arrive to work all night in Strathbungo, we do not know.
The Chair, Treasurer and Secretary of the Society and a number of local residents went along on Monday night to Network Rail’s ‘drop-in information’ session but came away shocked by the potential scale of destruction planned but also by the lack of detail from Network Rail about what they will do and when. Most importantly there was no real explanation why.
Each locker can take 6 bikes
Glasgow City Council are consulting on the introduction of “bread bin” type cycle storage lockers on streets to encourage more people to cycle (see here). There is a questionnaire that can be accessed through the link. After asking some information about respondents, such as whether you own a bike, there are two key questions. Whether you are in favour of on street secure cycle storage, even if this means a loss of parking spaces, and how much you would people be prepared to pay. £1.50 a week is being mooted which seems a lot when car parking is free.
The Strathbungo Society has previously discussed on street secure cycle storage, particularly for the Nithsdale Rd/St/Lane area, as part of the Pollokshields Charrette. The general view is that it could make a big difference for people staying in tenement flats, not just in terms of saving space but also saving people from lugging bikes up stairwells. That is not to say other streets might not be interested. We would like to hear what you think, particularly if you respond to the consultation or would be interested in using a bike box. If enough people are interested we can facilitate a meeting and help make the case to the Council that Strathbungo should be included in the initial trial.
I have offered to act as contact for this until we get a “bike officer” on the Committee! You can contact me at email@example.com
The Network Rail Project Manager has provided the Strathbungo Society with an update on the footbridge works and apologised for the delay. The construction programme will now extend until 19th February 2019 and the footbridge will remain closed until then.
What’s happened is that significant structural defects, which had been hidden by many years of debris/gunge etc, were revealed during the process of cleaning and steelwork preparation. Specifically, far more corrosion was found beneath the Durbar plate deck than predicted. The deck is double layered and it appears was simply over plated at some point in the past. Network Rail made allowances for the corrosion beneath the deck but not to anywhere near the extent they have uncovered. As a result they now need to remove and renew the entire deck.
The good thing is that corrosion has been caught before it got any worse.
Strathbungo Society Trustees Report Year ended 30 April 2018 were approved at the AGM and are being submitted to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
AGMs play a vital democratic function. In the Strathbungo Society’s case it helps ensure we remain accountable to all of you in the local community whom we represent and is also an important means of enabling new people to get involved – without this, the Society and all the events we organise would not happen. So, please think seriously about coming along to our AGM (details below).
We try to make our AGM as informative and enjoyable as possible. It provides plenty of opportunity for people to contribute – we want your ideas – besides offering tea, coffee, a glass of wine and a chance to meet other people living in the area. This year we have arranged a speaker from Sustrans, who are leading the work on the South City Way (see here) – an opportunity to talk about other ideas for improving walking and cycling links on the southside. We will also have small group discussions about local Green Space, focusing on Queen’s Park – Glasgow City Council is currently consulting about its Open Space Strategy (see here), which is essential for everyone’s quality of life. We would like to feed your ideas and views into that with the aim of improving what we have currently.
The formal business consists of consideration of
The four office bearers act as Trustees for the Charity and report to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator each year. We are looking for at least one new Office-Bearer, to replace our current Chair, Kevin Kane who is standing down – as he had intended to do last year – and also for new Committee Members.
The formal agenda is set out above.
If you have any questions before the meeting please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.