Sunday, 18 June 2017

Wildflowers on St Georges Road

Today, I supported a community clean up in the Woodlands area and helped to tackle the litter problem on the embankment next to the M8 at St Georges Road. During my efforts to de-litter the area, I recorded some of the plants and flowers in the area.

Clover with bees on the edge of the roadway.

Mushrooms growing next to the M8. 

Foxgloves amongst the wildflowers.

View of the wildflowers and grasses on the road verge.

The embankment next to the M8 is a vital habitat for wildflowers and supports biodiversity. There is evidence being gathered by Plantlife about the importance of road verges in supporting our rarest plants. 

Further information is provided in a report available at the following website:



Cycling safety at Charing Cross Junction

There are ongoing concerns about the safety of cyclists at the junction of Woodlands Road and Charing Cross. There are proposals for segregated cycle routes as part of the Woodside Mini-Holland Cycle Project to address these safety concerns. 
View of Woodlands Road from Charing Cross Junction

Consultation on the proposals is taking place in the next few weeks. Further information is available at: https://woodsideminiholland.commonplace.is/about

MFA Degree Show 2017 at Glue Factory

Yesterday, I visited the annual exhibition of work from the Master of Fine Art postgraduate programme at The Glasgow School of Art. This exhibition took place at the Glue Factory


There were a variety of artworks on display. Further information available at: 


Cobbled lane at Great Western Road Bridge

Complaints continue to be raised about the water leaking in the cobbled lane under the Great Western Road Bridge. There are plans for a new drain to be installed at the wall to prevent the problem of dirty water covering the cobbles.

View of the dirty water leaking on the cobbles

View of the Great Western Road Bridge.

There are ongoing repairs and maintenance needed to this area along the riverbank. There is vegetation growing on parts of the bridge and on the top of the cobbled lane's wall which I hope can be removed to prevent any long-term damage. 

Support for UN Nuclear Ban Treaty

Yesterday, thousands of women around the world rallied in support of the UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The significance of these negotiations at the UN cannot be overstated. Nuclear weapons are a scourge on all humanity.


There are one hundred and thirty nations taking part in the negotiations on a UN treaty to prohibit the most horrific weapons ever created. People gathered at the Buchanan Street Steps in Glasgow to join with citizens of Hiroshima to say it's time to outlaw nuclear weapons.



Every nation will be better off in a world without nuclear weapons. We gave a big shout out to our Scottish CND friends representing us at the UN in New York as the UK Government's Chair remains empty. At the gathering, I called for the need to ensure that women's leadership and participation in humanitarian action and peace-making is supported. There is a lack of funding for local grassroots organisations that support women in peace-making, particularly women with disabilities. When women are community leaders, there is more peace and security in society. We stand together in support of the nuclear ban negotiations and call for peace, justice and disarmament.


We will continue to work together to bring great strides for women in Scotland and beyond to participate in the peace movement. We push for money to be moved from nuclear weapons to implementation of the nuclear weapons ban. Let's invest in women and gender equality. Stop the Arms Race. Now's the time for a nuclear ban.

More information available at: www.nuclearban.org

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Revised plan for greenspace at Belmont St

There is a revised plan for a house to be built on greenspace at the corner of Doune Gardens and Belmont Street which continues to raise objections from neighbours and the wider community.

View of the greenspace site

In my objection to the proposal, I have highlighted that the tree survey is out of date and that there is a lack of any evidence from investigations in to the ground conditions being provided. This site is a vital "green lung" within a congested residential area. It should be protected from housing development. This site should be preserved as amenity space promoting air quality and enhancement of the environment for tenemental households in the surrounding streets.

Proposals for 127 Fergus Drive

Current building at 127 Fergus Drive

There is a proposal seeking planning consent from Glasgow City Council to demolish the existing two storey building and for a seven storey apart-hotel to take its place at 127 Fergus Drive. The planning reference number is 17/00985/DC and the closing date for comments is 9th June 2017. I have attended several community meetings to discuss this proposal and to hear the views of residents in the last two weeks. There are a wide range of reasons why this proposal is unacceptable to the local community including;

Pressure on limited local on street parking:  Given the already overloaded “uncontrolled parking zone” surrounding the site, and no way to prevent short-stay residents bringing a car - it is completely unacceptable to disadvantage local residents by creating additional pressure.  In heavily tenemental areas like this, the night-time pressures are high, which would coincide with peak demand from the proposed development. A Restricted Parking Zone would be the only way to control this conflict, but none exists.  Also no mention is made of addressing staff parking needs.  Whilst it is expected that Student Accommodation can prevent students bringing cars, an Apart-Hotel cannot.

The proposed new build would be seven full storeys. The Design Statement refers to the modern blocks as "six storeys", but they are actually seven. The tenements opposite are four storey.  In terms of scale, the modern blocks in Wilton Street and Fergus Drive are designed to fit better within the streetscape than the proposed new development. 


Arrangements for Deliveries /Servicing other than Waste are not mentioned. Large vehicles would find difficulty and cause road safety issues and dangers to local residents in reaching Fergus Drive entrance  due to the one-way system.

In terms of materials, the glassfibre concrete panels, even if they are coloured 'sandstone', are not acceptable for this area within the Glasgow West Conservation Area;  the finish, especially for a building that would be so over-dominant, must be stone.

The Lantern of huge, elevated glass structure may be considered suitable by daylight, but must not be used as a “beacon” in the dark. 

The scale of the plan for Queen Margaret Drive and Fergus Drive is a significant concern. The Apart-hotel will loom over the buildings in these streets.  It is even higher than the modern blocks which are further up the hill;  a new development could reasonably be the same physical height as these, but of course would be visually lower as it steps down the hill.  It also looms above the tenements across the street in Fergus Drive, taking its parapet or wall head height from the roof ridge of the tenement. This is invisible from the street, rather than the wall head height of the tenement.  Further east, as it goes up the hill, it ignores even that and rises away above the roof ridge of the tenement.

The scale of the plan within Wilton Street is not appropriate, as this is where it will tower over the neighbouring two-storey  B Listed villas.

It will result in the loss of Mature trees, unlike other buildings the gables of the proposed development extend to the back of the pavement. These trees are an essential feature of the much-loved “leafy west end” character,  and healthy for the city.

Further details at: 

http://glasgowwestend.today/2017/05/27/fergus/

https://www.change.org/p/glasgow-city-council-planning-and-building-reconsider-plans-for-127-fergus-drive

UPDATE ON 18TH JUNE 2017:

Please note the closing date for objections has been extended. The new deadline for submission of comments is 30th June 2017.