Monday, 27 November 2017

Xmas Lights Switch On at Byres Road.

Yesterday, I joined crowds in Vinicombe Street to watch the Xmas Lights switch on by Bella Beatson. There was uplifting entertainment from choirs and jokes from children in the audience. Local cobbled lanes were closed to traffic to make way for festive activities.

Bella Beatson on stage at Vinicombe Street.
Xmas Tree on Vinicombe Street
Xmas lights on Ashton Road Car Park.

There is further information about the businesses in Byres Road and surrounding lanes at:

Support for Anti-racism march and rally

On Saturday, 25th November, I joined the march and rally from Glasgow Green to Adelaide's on Bath Street to support anti racism work and help to make Scotland a home for refugees and migrant workers. 

View of the march and rally through George Square.

Due to rise in hate crimes, we need to confront racism and celebrate diversity in our communities. The clear message of the rally was to educate, agitate and organise anti-racism campaigning in our workplaces and across our neighbourhoods.

Useful links:

United Glasgow F.C. -

Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial -

Creative pathways on the Canal

On Thursday, 23rd November, I went to the Whisky Bond to attend the exhibition of sculptures by a group of 16 and 17 years olds on a "Creative Pathways Our Bright Future" programme at Impact Arts. This programme was partly funded by Scottish Canals and provided an opportunity to develop a series of works for the Clay Pits, a nature reserve on the Forth and Clyde Canal.

View of "You Are Here" which is a map of the Forth and Clyde Canal 
that goes through the Clay Pits.

This is known as "Four Shadows" and is influenced by 
four high rise flats at Westercommon.

The "Ways of Seeing" sculpture using steel and coloured Perspex has a minimal impact on the city skyline and aims to complement the wonderful view of the west end.

It was an impressive showcase providing young people with an amazing opportunity to develop their creative skills and help them move on to employment or further studies. More information available at:

Leaves and flooding on College Cycle Route

In the last week, there have been problems with leaves and flooding on the cycling route along New City Road. The route has been dangerous for cyclists, as well as pedestrians, due to the slippy surfaces.

View of underpass at New City Road

There is an ongoing requirement for street cleansing on this cycle lane to prevent accidents and encourage more people to cycle to and from the city centre. The ongoing efforts of street sweepers to clean our streets and improve safety are very much appreciated.

Walking and cycling on Queen Margaret Drive

Until 15th December, you can submit comments on proposals for cycling lanes and improvements to support walking in the Queen Margaret Drive area. In the last 6 months, I have helped to ensure Council officials have prepared draft plans in consultation with local businesses. There is a commitment to create cycle lanes and provide better public realm.

Views of Queen Margaret Drive

Your comments will help inform the final design and support a bid to Sustrans to fund improvements to make it easier to walk and cycle in the area. 

Please go to the web page at:

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Gathering for MacMillan Cancer Support

Last Saturday, I supported a coffee morning to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support Service. This was organised by women from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Glasgow.

View of posters and balloons at the coffee morning

This was a very enjoyable event which brought together women of all ages to socialise and help vital support services. An information display shared resources about the 200 different types of cancer.

 Macmillan Cancer Information Service at:

Sounds at Bandstand

Last Saturday, as I walked along Kelvin Way, I was delighted to find a Sonica festival event at the Kelvingrove Bandstand. There were large megaphones for people to try. 

 View of the megaphone project at the Bandstand

Further information is available at: