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South West City cycle way extension – is this the best route?

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If interested but unable to go to the drop-in you can access the online consultation here

The proposed route extends the current South West City Way from the Shields Rd/St Andrew’s Drive junction along St Andrew’s Drive to Pollok Park.

The proposed route bypasses the main centres of population in East Pollokshields and Strathbungo.  Were it instead to continue up Shields Rd to Nithsdale Rd, then on to Terregles Ave joining St Andrew’s Drive after Maxwell Park, it would be almost the same distance and much more helpful to any local resident wanting to use a dedicated cycle lane to get to Pollok Park or into the city centre by the South West Cycle route.    The Strathbungo Society could then work on the missing link between the Darnley/Nithsdale and Shields/Nithsdale junctions!

What do people think?

Brighter Bungo – this Sunday!

Could you give us half an hour of your time to help with the Brighter Bungo back lanes clear-up?

The next clear-up is on Sunday 19th January between 11 – 1pm – find us outside the old Sammy Dows on Nithsdale Road. It’s a dead easy way to do your bit for the community you live in, plus get to know a few more neighbours. Kids love to get a grabber in their hands, so it’s a perfect family activity. The January clear up especially needs all hands on deck as we cope with the aftermath of disrupted New Year bin collections and the overflow that results from the festivities.

All equipment is provided.

Bungo at the Bells 2019-20

Come join the celebration of the New Year at Strathbungo’s traditional Hogmanay street party.

Parade through the streets around 11.30 to meet at the corner of Moray Place and Queen Square before the countdown, and stay for the music, to meet friends, have a drink and a dance. Bring your own refreshments. A little whisky and shortbread will also be available on the Society stall.

Looking forward to Bungo at the Bells?

The ever popular street event to mark the passing of the old year and the arrival of the new will again be taking place in Strathbungo. Are you intending to come along? Could you possibly provide a little help? Key skills will be pouring some drinks on our stall, passing them out to the crowd, and handing round the shortbread; all skills we all get to practice at this time of the year. If you are intending to be there anyway, why not help out for ten minutes?

If anyone fancies helping out with a playlist, that would also be appreciated.

Please contact the Society Chair to let us know that you can help.

Bungo bird fest

Fieldfare feasting on rowan berries Queen Square today

The last two weeks or so has seen Strathbungo’s greatest annual wildlife spectacle.  Hundreds of birds, most obviously  fieldfare from Scandinavia, have come in to  feast on bungo’s berries.  The spectacle seems to be later than in previous years and to have gone on longer.  This is probably a consequence perhaps of this year’s excellent berry crop.  I saw hundreds of fieldfare up in Kintail in October but with so much food they have been able to idle their way south and will stay as long as the food source lasts.

Fieldfare on the large willow on the back lane between Queen and Marywood Square

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Network Rail Vegetation Management – Progress?

Strathbungo residents will be aware that Network Rail has been proposing to “manage” the vegetation along the rail line. Previously, “management” meant a policy of slash and burn for all trees along our line. When the Strathbungo Committee heard of the proposals, we acted quickly to talk to our MSP Nicola Sturgeon and other elected representatives.

As a result we succeeded in getting a postponement while we had a commitment for further discussions with Network Rail. These discussions have now taken place.

It is clear from these talks that Network Rail will definitely be working on the East Kilbride line including our stretch on Strathbungo. We have tried to establish that works should conform to recently established environmental standards that respect biodiversity and ecosystem conservation along the line. We therefore enclose our note of the most recent Network Rail meeting together with the Network Rail minutes. These proposals will ensure regular consultation on the work.

We welcome any comments on this, to chair@strathbungo.co.uk

The society would like to thank our MSP Nicola Sturgeon and Caroline Scott, her office manager, for their assistance in this process.

Read on for full statements from Network Rail and the Society.

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Bungo bin collection and litter update

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 litter@strathbungo.co.uk  (photos are very helpful).

 

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