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Crossmyloof Active Travel Path – Council Response

For those who read about the idea of a walking and cycling path behind the Crossmyloof Resource Centre, to provide a direct route from Moray Place to Crossmyloof Station, here is the response from the relevant Council department.

The original proposal and comments from the community are in the earlier post, Active Travel in Strathbungo – The Crossmyloof Resource Centre path

OFFICIAL

MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF
PROPERTY & LAND SERVICES

Dear Councillor

I refer to the enquiry received regarding the creation of an active travel path along the route of the rail line at Crossmyloof and traversing across the north of the site of the former care home (please refer to the attached plans).

On the face of it, the proposal would appear to have some merit. While there is existing access for pedestrian and cycles from Moray Place to the intersection of Titwood Road and Minard Road by means of turning left into Carswell Gardens and then turning right into Titwood Road, a path across the back of the care home site would be more direct and would shorten the journey. It would also be in line with Council policy on promoting Active Travel. However it would also inevitably mean a reduction in the likely capital receipt for the sale of the former care home and the investigation into the planning and viability of the path would also likely cause delay in securing a sale. While it is not possible to quantify how much the reduction might be, or what delay may occur, I think it fair to say that there would undoubtedly be some reduction in the capital receipt.

In addition, the proposed route of the path uses the lane to the north of 45 Carswell Gardens. This lane is in private ownership and is not adopted. Therefore in order to use the section of lane to the north of 45 Carswell Gardens for the Active Travel Route we would need to obtain permission of the owner of the land including permission to remove the section of wall. It is also very likely that the owners of the houses on the western side of Carswell Gardens that back on to the lane will have vehicular access rights to use the lane including the section to the north of 45 Carswell Gardens. If we were looking to restrict cars from using that section of the lane then agreement would need to be reached with each of the individual house owners on that point. Such a restriction would make it awkward for vehicles to get in and out and would likely lead to cars reversing onto Titwood Road. If a restriction on cars wasn’t required we would need to consider a path design that would accommodate both pedestrian and car users.

Clearly there are a number of issues that would need to be addressed in order to make the proposed Active Travel Route a reality. In addressing those issues there are no guarantees that agreement could be reached with either the landowner of the lane or the individual house owners, or that the terms, if offered, by the different parties would be acceptable to the Council. I would also add that the Council is committed to the development of a city-wide Active Travel Strategy which will deliver a strategic plan for Glasgow. A recruitment process is currently underway to undertake the development of this plan over the next 12 months. In advance of this, it may be premature to deliver stand-alone projects which may not necessarily fit with this city-wide strategy.

In conclusion, while recognising that the proposal has some merit, on balance we do not feel that this option should be pursued given the reduced capital receipt for the sale of the former care home; the cost of reaching agreement with the lane owner and possibly the housed holders; the amount of officers time required to negotiate and reach agreement with the various parties; the possibility that such work would be abortive should no agreement be reached; and also the development of the city-wide Active Travel Strategy may identify an alternative or more strategic active travel proposal for this locality which could negate the need for this proposed intervention.

Yours sincerely

Map of resource centre

Council map of Crossmyloof Resource Centre Site with path overlaid in blue

The response included these maps. The blue line is an exact reproduction from my sketch, and was apparently initially taken literally by the officers, who objected to it bisecting the site.

Cllr Jon Molyneux plans to go back to the council officer for clarification of some of the points raised. He, like I, feels this reads like a contrived excuse to do nothing.

What do you think? Feel free to add your comments on the council response, and in favour or against the idea of a path.

Bungo Christmas Market: 5-6 December

Event info for market

Come along (virtually speaking) to our online Christmas Market!

After the success of Bungo (Not) in The Back Lanes this summer, we’re hosting another online market just in time for Christmas. Focused on local business, crafters and makers, it will be perfect for original, local presents for your loved ones, or to treat yourself.

It will be available for two days on 5th & 6th December on the Bungo Blog (the link will be published here once the event is live). In the meantime, if you are a local maker or business and you would like a free stall that weekend, just fill in the appropriate form that you’ll find here.

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]

Piatto – 44 Skirving street

Subscriber post:

I would like to make you aware of the wonderful , thoughtful and amazing job the staff at piatto (Italian street food takeaway) and the community of Shawlands are doing.
They have started a pay-it-forward scheme for people to pre-pay for meals which all NHS staff can come down and get some tasty food to thank them for the amazing job they are doing on the frontline!

They have had an overwhelming response (while following all government guidelines in the current climate) and have over 50 donated meals !

They have also opened it up to anyone who is out of a job and maybe struggling to eat. They just today delivered pizza to the children’s hospital for the staff to enjoy. Furthermore they are collecting for local food banks which has also been very successful.

Being a small business themselves and under the pressures of this horrific situation they are doing everything in the power to help their community and show thanks to our frontline workers.

I believe they deserve some gratitude themselves for doing such an amazing and commendable job!!

Many thanks
Nicola Curran

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Birdwatching in Strathbungo

While human society has come to a standstill,  birds are in a frenzy, defending territories, finding mates, building nests and feeding young!  It’s a good time to watch birds wherever you live and people spending a lot of time at home might be interested in joining the British Trust for Ornithology’s Garden Birdwatch.  This is a year round project unlike the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch in January.  The BTO has lots of excellent bird identification videos – calls and song as well as film – for those wanting to improve their knowledge.

There is plenty of scope too for people to take photographs and let other residents what birds are around and what they are doing.

Do you love watching you garden birds? If so, we’ve got a great offer for you.

You can now join the BTO Garden BirdWatch community for free!

During the lockdown, many of us are looking to our gardens to enjoy nature and be outdoors, to learn, and to improve our well-being. BTO Garden BirdWatch offers a great opportunity to learn more about garden birds and other wildlife, and to contribute directly to BTO’s important scientific research on the value of gardens for wildlife.

By understanding more about how wildlife uses our gardens, we’ll be able to make our cities, towns, villages and individual gardens better for nature.

To take part you simply keep a list of the birds you see visiting your garden over the course of a week, then enter this into our online recording system. If you want, you can also record other garden wildlife, such as butterflies and mammals.

Your sightings will help us to understand how and why populations of garden birds and other wildlife are changing, and how we can all help them.

This free offer includes access to our online recording system, a regular Garden BirdWatch e-newsletter with information on recording and identifying garden wildlife, and access to our team of wildlife experts to answer your questions on garden wildlife.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Garden BirdWatch community.

 

Our local shops and coronavirus

The impact of the lockdown on local businesses around Strathbungo has been considerable, with pubs and cafes being forced to close.  Our smaller local corner shops are now, however, also facing a crisis.  Newspaper sales across the country, for example, have plummeted and it appears that people have stopped going to  local shops for other purposes and are going to the local supermarkets instead.  I was in one shop today, buying a paper, and they said their business has almost collapsed through lack of custom.  They say they have checked and they don’t think they will qualify for the UK Government’s scheme to help the self-employed and other businesses because they have not been forced to shut down.

Since  neither the UK nor the Scottish Government have shut down cornershops,  there is no reason for people not to go there.  Indeed, having witnessed what is going on in the supermarkets, as a lay person I would say that its safer to go to a corner shop than a supermarket, as they are so much less crowded.   Many people regretted the closure of Susie’s last year, so please give a thought to what other local businesses are going through right now and consider patronising them when you can.

Local support in Strathbungo during the coronavirus crisis

For anyone that doesn’t know a group called the Glasgow Southside Self-Isolation Support Group https://www.southsidesis.co.uk/   has been set up to bring “people together to help and support one another through self-isolation or quarantine as a result of COVID-19 throughout the southside of Glasgow.  If you’re self-isolating, or are able to help someone who is with basic supplies or even just a friendly phone call, we’re here to help connect people together.”   They have a Facebook Page where a lot of information about local services etc is shared.

Meantime on Queen Square, two residents, Lorna and Graeme McKerracher, circulated a  flyer round the street inviting people to join a Queen Square support group.   A great initiative!  There are now 62 participants.   It operates mainly as a WhatsApp Group – though its possible for residents to phone a number direct – and it has spawned a further social group, the idea being to try and keep the support group focussed on people providing practical help to each other.

The Strathbungo Society Committee doesn’t wish to duplicate either initiative and hopes that other streets might consider setting up their own practical support networks.   If anyone wants to do this for their street and wants help with preparing or printing a flyer,  we’d be happy to support.  If so, you can contact me in the first instance (nickkempe1@gmail.com).

The Southside Self Isolation Support Group is also asking for local street contacts throughout the southside and it might make sense for anyone volunteering to take on that role to also consider setting up a WhatsApp group for their street.

The people most likely to need support are probably not on WhatsApp or any other form of social media.  Due to staff  going into isolation, Glasgow City Council earlier this week had to cut care at home services for all but Priority 1 cases.   So, if there was someone getting services near you and isn’t now or who you think might appreciate some support, please make contact with them.

 

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