(Latest Update on 19 July 2020: NR’s second response, background on electrification)
Only a couple of weeks ago we were concerned that Network Rail were restarting tree felling along the railway line, and sought assurances that they would abide by previous agreements. They replied to reasssure us that they would. There remains a certain lack of trust around what Network Rail say, and what they do, so perhaps this was a sign of progress.
Jump forward to this week and we discover that, without any consultation with anyone, Network Rail were to demolish the old Strathbungo Station booking hall (more recently Susie’s Shop) on 18-19 July.
Hi, I read an article relating to Queens Park that states that inside Camphill House there were Memorabilia from the Battle of Langside.
Do you know where this is now?
I would love to see it.
We’re calling for videos and pictures for “Doors Open in Strathbungo”!
Glasgow’s Doors Open Day is going digital this year and they are asking for contributions. The Strathbungo Society is helping with a couple of projects in the area, but we also proposed one of our own – made up from contributions from residents in the ‘Bungo.
We’d like to present a short film giving a residents’-eyes view of our area. It would be made up of videos and photos by ‘Bungo-dwellers to share what they love about this part of Glasgow (we’ll also include some Then & Now comparisons from the Bygone Bungo site). Overall, it will show the streets, the lanes, the architecture and some of Strathbungo’s history, perhaps with a flavour of the community events that are held throughout the year.
Here’s where you come in… We’d love to include your videos and your pictures in the film. Videos need to be short – we only have a total length of about 5 minutes and we have lots to pack in! Contributions should show off the bits of the ‘Bungo that you love – be that the railing or cornices at your home, the greenery currently along the railway line, the architecture – close-ups or panoramas – with or without a commentary… The choice is yours!
- you don’t need any fancy equipment – using your phone is fine
- all photos and videos sent to us must be in LANDSCAPE orientation, not portrait
- for video, feel free to record a short voice-over saying what we’re looking at and why you love it
- ideally, we need to have contributions in by the end of next week, i.e. Friday 24th July
Send your contributions to email@example.com (we’re recycling that email address!) and we’ll do our best to include it in the ‘Bungo movie of the year 😊
On 27th May Glasgow City Council applied for planning permission to itself for a new car park, road and footpath as part of the Transforming Pollok Country Park Project (see here for planning papers) and in anticipation of higher visitor numbers to the Burrell once the refurbishment/expansion is complete.
Key: blue = existing road upgraded; black = new road; brown = new footpath; light blue – existing footpath upgraded to disability standards. All illustrations courtesy of GCC Planning Portal.
The application form is not entirely clear but planning consent appears to being applied for:
- a new car park for 277 vehicles on the existing unused Nether Pollok blaes pitch by Hagg’s Road
- widening of the Hagg’s Road exit to form an entrance/exit
- creation of a new road to the Burrell car park and
- installation of various car barriers to limit vehicular access elsewhere in the Park.
The application is open for comment until 6th July and you can do so on the online planning portal above or at end of this blog.
The declared purpose of the application is to reduce the circulation of traffic in Pollok Country Park. It is part of a wider active travel plan accompanying the re-development of the Burrell. The Application contains a report of Glasgow City Council’s engagement with stakeholders that took place in 2019. Since then, as a result of Covid-19, the world and Pollok Country Park have changed beyond recognition.
More specifically the closure of Pollok Park to vehicles during the lockdown and the large numbers of people accessing the park by foot or by bike has transformed ideas of what might be possible. The proposals now look very dated and it is regrettable that Glasgow City Council has not re-considered them before submitting the planning application.
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]
The music has come to an end, but we’re extending the online market until 8pm tomorrow (Sunday) night.
You’ll find the stalls at http://bungoblog.com/bnitbl/ so, if you were out enjoying the sunshine and missed your chance today, head over there now and see what’s still on offer!
PS you can also watch most of the musicians on catch-up in the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/590808154972852/.
Every year, the Strathbungo Society organises the community summer festival that is Bungo in the Back Lanes. This year, we’ve had to be a little more inventive.
We couldn’t physically hold the event this year, so the Society has organised an online version of it to create a little of what the event brings to our community, complete with stalls, live music and virtual participation!
The online market will be here from 12noon until 5pm. You can listen to the music and contribute photos or videos of your own celebrations in our Facebook event.
It may have escaped the watchful eye of the Bungo Blog but since lockdown a musical event has taken place every Saturday evening on Titwood Road. Following the initial Thursday “Clap for the NHS”, all of the neighbours on Titwood Road from the corner of Pollokshaws Road to the corner of Thorncliffe Gardens/Waverley Street got together in an attempt to soften the blow of isolation.
Those residents who can play a musical instrument (and/or sing) entertain the others who are more than willing listeners during an historic, unique and never to be forgotten period in the lives of all of us. All of this is enhanced by the presence of one of the neighbours Grant Parfery who is a professional photographer. During each concert Grant has captured the atmosphere in photographs and videos which have come to the notice of the Royal photographer, the Daily Record and Glasgow Live.
Those in attendance vary in age from toddlers to octogenarians. The occasion has become one to savour and eagerly anticipate for all of us. We share glasses of wine, beer and whisky whilst keeping each other good company at distances well in excess of the 2 metres recommended. Friends and relatives have heard about the concert by word of mouth and are adding to the friendly atmosphere by their attendance albeit still maintaining a safe distance. The event takes place – whilst Lockdown is with us – each Saturday evening between 6.30 pm and approximately 8.00 pm. Images can be obtained from the Facebook page of Grant Parfery.
We can’t hold Bungo in the actual Back Lanes this year, so we’ve gone online!
Right now, we’re planning the last details (like the music schedule) but here are the headlines:
- we’re holding it on the day we’d already planned: Saturday 20th June, from 12-5pm
- there will be an online market of stalls, live music online and hopefully your contributions of what you are doing to celebrate all things ‘Bungo
- if you would like a stall, you can bag one here (there are two types: one for those with an existing online presence, and one for those without)
- on the day, the market will be here
- on the day, the music will be here, and that’s also where we’d love your contributions to the day
So… put the date (back) in your diary, book a stall if you’d like one, and plan what you will be doing on the day! With the easing of lock-down, you could even invite another household to join you if you have a garden (suitably distanced, of course).