Thursday, 27 August 2015

Hyndland Railway Station supports small business

Today, I made a visit to Counter Culture Coffee, a small business which has been established at Hyndland Railway Station for the last 7 years. I bought a coffee and chatted with the manager about the plans for the future. 

At Counter Culture Coffee at Hyndland Railway Station

I think it is vital that Abellio, who operate Scotland's National Rail Network, give their commitment to small businesses operating within railway stations and work in partnership to support local enterprises such as Counter Culture Coffee. This business is unique, offers local employment within a small team, provides a good quality service and brings variety of experience within people's railway journeys. 

During my visit, I was pleased to observe the tunnel entrance to Hyndland Railway Station being given a facelift. This will improve the appearance of the station and make it a more attractive facility for rail passengers.

View of the tunnel entrance being improved.

It is encouraging to find  repairs and maintenance programme is being carried out by Abellio at Hyndland Railway Station.


Monday, 24 August 2015

Stairway maintenance at St. Georges Cross Subway

In the last week, repairs have been completed to a wall at St. Georges Cross Subway and the steps have been power washed. I have requested the repairs and clearing of littering from the stairway.

The top corner has been repaired with new concrete wall panels. 

Stairs have been cleaned.

The improvements have really enhanced the appearance of the area and have been a boost to people who access the subway at this point. This work has been completed by staff at Land and Environmental Services.

Baliol Street closes are re-occupied

Last week, I received information from council officials to confirm that people are back living in properties within 4 closes of Baliol Street which were subject to repairs under dangerous buildings notices over the past year.

View of the 4 closes.

I am relieved to hear that these tenements have been re-occupied after works being carried out by sets of owners for each close.

Useful link:

Dangerous and derelict buildings: public safety -

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Reporting potholes

In the last week, I have found a series of potholes across local streets in Woodlands and Woodside. I have reported them for repairs to staff at Land and Environmental Services.

North Woodside Road

Woodlands Road

Braid Square

Potholes can be reported via Roads and Lighting Faults and details are available at

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Celebration of painting at the Glue Factory

Today, I visited the Glue Factory to view an exhibition of paintings by Hannah Bays, Max Prus, Ross Little and Florrie James. This is a show of paintings called the "Integrity Painting Prize" which runs from 1-9 August 2015.

Views of the art exhibition

The streets surrounding the Glue Factory will be changed, by new housing developments including student accommodation, over the next 18 months. 

View of Farnell Street.

There can be improvements to the pavements, signage and street lighting in this cultural quarter between the Canal and Garscube Street to complement the new housing. This will enhance the general appearance, accessibility and safety of the area for residents and visitors.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

70th Hiroshima & Nagasaki Anniversary

This evening, a joint event between Glasgow Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Glasgow City Council was held to commemorate the dropping of the first atom bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki . 2015 is the 70th Anniversary of these horrific events. 

Alan McKinnon at Glasgow City Chambers

I attended this informative event which included a civic reception and a welcome from the Glasgow Provost Sadie Docherty. In addition, Chris Dolan read a Japanese survivor's account, John Ainslie provided a detailed historical context in which the bombs were dropped, and Alan Mackinnon described the horrific medical impact of nuclear war.  There was Japanese music played by Eddie McGuire and songs from Arthur Johnston. 

Rose pedals were thrown in to the River Clyde 
to remember the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Nuclear Bombs.

At the River Clyde with Ban All Nukes Banner

Further information available at Scottish CND -