Thursday, 31 December 2020

The vital role of Woodside Health and Care Centre

This month, Woodside Health and Care Centre received the Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award for Healthcare. This is in recognition of the quality of the building design. The new local facilities opened to patients on 1st July 2019.

External artwork at the Woodside Health and Care Centre

Please note that Pharmacy Services are continuing to operate from the old Woodside Health Centre on a temporary basis.

View of the old Woodside Health Centre.

In 2020, the dedication and hard work of everyone in involved in health and social care services has been vital. The investment in local facilities is very much appreciated.

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

I have been able to book a free visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in line with the Covid19 government guidelines. There are a wide range of objects and displays to enjoy using a one way system throughout the building.

It is possible to access the bike hire scheme for a visit and make use of Next Bike Hire Station nearby.

Sunday, 13 December 2020

Overprovision of purpose built student accommodation

For most of this year, a new student accommodation tower block has been under construction on New City Road. It is dominating the local skyline due to its size and scale.

View of the new block on New City Road, next to M8 and St. Georges Cross

View of the student accommodation from Garscube Road Footbridge

View of the new student block overshadowing neighbouring flats and primary school.

The new development has significantly disrupted the views of local heritage across the west end including the local church spires and University Tower. It is out of place alongside the nearby 4-storey flats and primary school. 

In the consultation on the new City Development Plan which closed on 11th December, I have highlighted that there should be no further development of any other purpose built student accommodation in the Hillhead Ward. The scale of these buildings is harmful to the residential amenity, and their designs are architecturally damaging to the local heritage.

Saturday, 28 November 2020

New primary school on Queen Margaret Drive

There is a new primary school under construction by City Building. This school is located adjacent to Belhaven Nursery.

The construction work and fitting out of the building will not be completed until March 2022. The P1 class for the new school will start in August 2021.  They will be based within St. Charles Primary in preparation for the move to the new school. 

Improving water quality in the River Kelvin

The programme of work to improve water quality in the River Kelvin is continuing at the Flint Mill until April 2021. There is access for the public along the Kelvin Walkway whilst the works are undertaken.

                                                    View of the works at the Flint Mill
Temporary dam at the Flint Mill

There is significant investment being completed to install an underground chamber with a mechanical screen to filter out and prevent items flushed down the toilet e.g. wet wipes overflowing in to the river.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Support for Belgrave Community Garden

During the Covid19 pandemic, the role of greenspaces such as community gardens, has developed as part of residents' efforts to get outdoors and to stay locally for daily exercise.

View of Belgrave Community Garden

Belgrave Community Garden has become established as a meeting space for residents over the last 10 years. Planning consent has been granted for this community garden with trees and more residents have become involved in activities to preserve this greenspace, this year. The site has never been built upon. It is an ideal space for young families to access the outdoors safely in the Hillhead area.

Repairs to the wall at Kelvinside Terrace South

This week, repairs have been completed to the wall between Kelvinside Terrace South and Queen Margaret Road, in North Kelvin. This maintenance work was identified and requested during a walkabout with residents in 2019. Further to discussions with council officials, the repairs were agreed as part of planned work during 2020. 

View of repaired wall 

This highlights the importance of walkabouts with residents to ensure that repairs and maintenance work is carried out by the Council. The input from residents is vital to ensure that there is an improvement in the upkeep of local streets.