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).
All of those involved in the Strathbungo Society were shocked and saddened by the news that Scott Obrzud sadly died last Friday in the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice of glioblastoma (a very aggressive brain cancer). He had been ill for 17 months, the end was very peaceful and he was with his husband James and his family.
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is there such a thing as a Strathbungo Trail, giving a route outlining places of interest and historical buildings? I’ve recently seen one for Pollockshields and Govan.
All welcome at the latest community clear up – meet at the corner of Moray Place and Nithsdale Road tomorrow morning.
Please note the next committee meeting has been brought forward a week in preparation for the AGM – it is now at 7.30pm on this Tuesday, 8th October 2019.
Subjects we have been asked to discuss include Network Rail works, Dubai Nights, and the AGM. All welcome to coma along, join in, or raise an issue.
Recently the collection of purple and brown bins has been sporadic. Do we know why? Can the Society talk to the Council about this? Thanks
The latest newsletter has arrived. Coming through your door imminently, or you can read it here.
You can also find it, and old newsletters back to the 1990s, at the BygoneBungo Newsletter Archive.
There is a programme of events at the Queens Park Arena (the old bandstand) but they don’t always seem to be well advertised locally. Or I am not paying attention.
If you want to see what is on, try their events web page. Or follow them on facebook for updates.
Tomorrow (Friday 3rd May) they are holding a celebration of the great Paul Robeson’s appearance at the bandstand on May Day 1960, with an introduction by Norry Wilson of Lost Glasgow fame, and the play Call Mr Robeson. I believe the weather will be dry (if not that warm) and tickets are still available.
There are also disco sessions on this holiday weekend.
When I first moved into Marywood Square 4 years ago I thought that the lane running up the back of my tenement was a brilliant opportunity to get some wild flowers growing, so I sowed some seeds. They came to nothing. I was busy, new flat etc, I didn’t really give it much thought. The next Spring I took it a bit more seriously and I and a close neighbour both sowed seeds. Same result – nothing! But this time I realised why. The lane had been sprayed by weed killer – or so it appeared to me by the burned vegetation. So last year I gave seed sowing a miss only to see a couple of new plants in my garden killed as weed killer drifted through the railings.
I’m now getting more and more aware, and concerned that we have a serious environmental problem and it seems that globally we’re in the throws of a sixth mass extinction of species (manmade this time?) including a major threat to insects which are at the bottom of a food chain that maintains birds and animals and are crucial as pollinators. Could we in Strathbungo not play a small part in countering this by challenging the Council, who I’m presuming spray the lanes with weedkiller, and consciously try and turn our lanes into a haven for wild flowers insects and birds. It seems to me that this could be a very positive experience for the children in the area who with proper parental encouragement and support might enjoy helping bring wild flowers into the lanes and learning about them and the wildlife they support. I’ll contact the Council (again) and this time try and find out just why they think it’s a good idea to spray weedkiller. It seems strange to me as they don’t seem to take any responsibility for any other kind of “maintenance” in the lanes. Would other residents, and maybe the Strathbungo Society itself be interested in trying to get the spraying stopped and encouraging wild life into our area?