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Glasgow’s Lord Provost pays tribute to those who volunteer in recognition of their vital work as part of National Volunteers Week celebrations.

Lord Provost Philip Braat said: “I am delighted, this National Volunteers Week, to take the opportunity to personally thank everybody who volunteers. I know everyone across the city will agree, this unprecedented pandemic has shone an important spotlight on the value and importance of those who choose to volunteer.”

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City based charity, Volunteer Glasgow is helping support local organisations with volunteering and working with people who signed up offering their assistance in response to  the Covid-19 ‘Scotland Cares’ national recruitment drive. The Scotland Cares campaign was launched by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in March. That appeal has attracted an additional 4,450 offers of help from Glaswegians.

Volunteer Glasgow manages the city’s online platform which connects people with the charities, community groups, clubs and appropriate public sector programmes that need their support.

The Volunteer Glasgow team provide guidance and match people’s individual skills, interests and experiences to available and suitable volunteering opportunities.

David Maxwell, Volunteer Glasgow’s Chief Executive said: “We’re encouraging people to join us and demonstrate their personal thanks for those who have volunteered over the last 12 months – before and after lockdown. Including the people who have offered their help during this national Covid-19 crisis response but haven’t yet been able to do so. It’s been inspiring to see so many helping neighbours and working with organisations to provide support across the city during this pandemic.”

You can get involved and show your appreciation for people who volunteer by downloading Volunteer Glasgow’s template thank you cards and window posters. Or alternatively create your own. Those who volunteer are also being encouraged to share their experiences.

The Lord Provost added: “Glaswegians are famous for their kindness and compassion. It is that sense of solidarity that motivates people to give their time to help others. At times of national crisis like this it gives us all hope for the future.”

“These are challenging times and we can all become overwhelmed by the competing demands we face.  So it is really important to celebrate volunteers across this city and beyond. Time is a precious commodity – and they donate theirs. That generosity of spirit is what makes Glasgow so special. We all know that ‘People Make Glasgow’ a great place to live, work, study and visit.

“I take great pride in our city and everyone who volunteers. I have been lending my support to a range of volunteering groups throughout this crisis and it has been humbling to meet everyone working selflessly across our communities and to witness the real difference they make to those they help. I thank them all for their energy, enthusiasm, skill and experience. Your gift of time, hard work and support is a national cause for celebration and gratitude.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer now or in the future can sign up via Volunteer Glasgow’s digital platform. Similarly groups big and small needing more volunteers can also sign up to access the diverse skills and experience of people offering their assistance.

You can celebrate Volunteers Week and say thank you to everyone volunteering by using the ideas and resources available at: www.volunteerglasgow.org/volunteer/volunteers-week-2020

There are also other resources available from Volunteer Scotland’s website and you can check them out at https://www.volunteersweek.scot/get-involved/

Sign up to volunteer and search for opportunities at: https://opportunities.volunteerglasgow.org or call the Glasgow Helps phone line on 0141 345 0543 (option 2).

Groups and organisations new to Volunteer Glasgow should register here:

https://opportunities.volunteerglasgow.org/vk/providers/registration_provider.htm or call the Glasgow Helps phone line on 0141 345 0543 (option 3).

Organisations already registered should use this link: https://opportunities.volunteerglasgow.org/vk/providers/login.htm

If you experience difficulties logging in, contact: findvolunteers@volunteerglasgow.org or call: 0141 345 0543 (option 3).

Glasgow’s Space for Distancing initiative has been awarded £3.5 million from Sustrans Scotland to support physical distancing measures across the city and help to stifle the spread of COVID-19.

Funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Sustrans, the ‘Spaces for People’ programme will provide additional space for physical distancing in public places for people to walk, wheel or cycle while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.

The money will go towards temporary travel infrastructure in the city centre, city neighbourhoods and active travel routes, and will form a key part of the city’s strategy for economic recovery. These measures will help to ensure sufficient space on footways for businesses and their customers while the requirement for 2 metres of physical distancing between people remains in place.

This funding award follows on from the recent closure of Kelvin Way to vehicles, and the creation of the Clydeside cycle lane which runs from Saltmarket to the Clyde Arc, and is designed to ease pressure for pedestrians on the Clyde Walkway.

In practice, Space for Distancing will see footways widened at pinch points to facilitate safer pedestrian movement and easier access to community facilities and public transport hubs. Consideration will also be given to the positioning of temporary strategic cycling routes to highlight cycling as an attractive, viable commuting choice.

Areas with high pedestrian footfall such as Byres Road, Partick, Shawlands, Maryhill and Dennistoun have already been identified as places where short-term measures can be introduced.  Other neighbourhood hubs such as Pollok, Drumchapel, Easterhouse and Castlemilk will also be examined for suitability.

Longer term, and once restrictions begin to ease, it is anticipated that walking and cycling will continue to be considered a safe and convenient mode of transport that benefits health and air quality.

Susan Aitken, Council Leader and City Convener for Inclusive Economic Growth said; “While we are planning a long-term recovery and renewal for Glasgow’s economy, it is also vital that we consider the short-term measures we need to take to manage our road network differently – now, and as lockdown restrictions are eased.

“From reconfiguring our roads and footways to provide extra space for pedestrians, mobility and wheelchair users to the creation of temporary cycle lanes; different combinations will be considered to fit the needs and characters of different neighbourhoods, as well as our city centre.

“I’m delighted that our bid to Sustrans Scotland was successful, meaning we can move forward at pace with our plans to implement physical distancing measures, making essential travel and exercise safer during COVID-19.

“These changes can also be a catalyst to encourage more and more of us to consider sustainable travel as a viable long term choice that not only benefits our economy and our environment but also our health and wellbeing too.”

Karen McGregor, Director of Sustrans Scotland, said; “It’s clear that people across Scotland want to do the right thing during Coronavirus. They want to look after their physical and mental health.

“They also want to make sure that they are keeping to physical distancing guidelines while still being safe on our streets.

“Providing funding support to Glasgow City Council through our Spaces for People programme will make it easier and safer for Glaswegians to travel around their city for essential travel and exercise.”

** Now in Glasgow**

Just hopeing to find Rocky safe and in a loving home**

I orginally rescued Rocky a 1 year old tri coloured border collie from a couple who was abusive to him for a good part of his life. I took him in to find a forever home for him. He is loving little boy who just forgave and forgave. I thought I found a lovely forever home for him with a couple who promised me they would provide him with a loving home and had all the necessities for Rocky.

I was contacted two days ago from one of their family members worried about Rocky and didn’t know where he was and on one occasion that they were aware of he was left abandon in a forest without water for three days before police picked him up in Dufftown I then contacted the couple who owned up to it and didn’t know where he was either but that he was given to another man but who then sold him to a couple in Burghead. I contacted that couple who then sold them to someone in Ellon once I finally was contacted over Facebook from them as I put a post up in the local group they notified me they sold him to a couple in Glasgow who just lost their own Collie 7 months ago.

I have been trying every chance I get to track him down and make sure he is in a loving home and is stable and there to stay. It’s been only 3 months since the original couple gave him away and he has had so many many owners who have gave up on him because of his past.

Please help me find him and share this post

The below photos are when he was with us.

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Worried, anxious and lonely people who are struggling with the pressures of lockdown are being helped by voluntary organisations linked to the Glasgow Help Hub.

COPE Scotland in Drumchapel is one of 300 voluntary sector organisations linked to the hub which is assisting people with a wide range of issues during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Founded in 1991, COPE provides support to people aged 16 and over, who are experiencing mental or emotional distress in west Glasgow. Its work includes listening services, one-to-one sessions, a daily email with wellbeing tips and offering online advice.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, COPE Scotland is supporting the hub and doing all it can to be there for people.

Speaking during Mental Health Awareness Week, Hilda Campbell, COPE’s Chief Executive, said uncertainty about the future is worrying many callers.

The former mental health nurse said: “We are speaking to people with worries about work, family, money and access to food, loneliness and anxiety due to social isolation, relationship issues and uncertainty about the future.

“We are in uncertain times, with an uncertain future which in itself is anxiety provoking, helping people find ways to navigate through this and suffer less is what inspires all we do.”

People who have lost loved ones to Covid19, are also contacting the helpline as they struggle with grief and being unable to hug and physically comfort other relatives and friends due to social distancing rules.

Hilda explained: “While COPE Scotland has always supported people where grief was an issue, we find, we are offering more ‘compassionate listening’ as lockdown and social isolation has made the grieving process even more challenging for people. The support network which may be there normally, isn’t the same and the whole experiencing of someone dying and organising a funeral is changed for now. In addition to the direct support we also offered a piece on loss and grief and other issues which may be of interest to people on our website.”

She added: “Covid19 has created an emotional rollercoaster, but people’s resilience and the way communities have come together to help each other has been inspiring. All of our circumstances may be different, but we can get through this by being kind to each other and ourselves. And of course, we need to recognise that at times we all need someone to listen, help and check in to see if we are okay.”

Ian Bruce, Chief Executive of Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS), said: “The hub helpline has received more than 1230 calls since it launched on March 30th. The calls have been about a wide range of issues such as financial advice, help with shopping and collecting prescriptions. Depending on the type of issue people need help with, we have 300 organisations which we can signpost people to and also a bank of volunteers who are offering their time and skills.

“GCVS, Volunteer Glasgow and the city’s public services have been working in partnership to support people at this difficult time. We are working to offer a text service for those whose first language isn’t English. We can currently offer support in Polish and Cantonese, but with help from our volunteers and partners we’ll soon be able to offer many more.”

Glasgow residents who need support while self-isolating or in lockdown can phone 0141 345 0543 for help or email helpline@gcvs.org.uk

People can also visit the website at www.glasgowhelps.org

 

  • Anyone who is feeling so overwhelmed that they are having thoughts of suicide, should seek help, from your GP, the Samaritans (call free on 116 123 or by email at jo@samaritans.org) or Breathing Space (call free on 0800 83 85 87).

If you are having serious thoughts about suicide, and have a plan and the means to carry it out: call 999 immediately.

Glasgow City Council has agreed in principle to accept the offer of a funding contribution – from the owners of a housing development on the south bank of the River Clyde – to the creation of a new quay wall at Windmillcroft Quay, a Glasgow City Region City Deal project.

 

In 2014, the quay wall at Windmillcroft Quay was found to be in need of urgent repair, with the public walkway there having to be closed between Tradeston and Springfield Quay.  Following this, in 2016 emergency demolition and replacement earthworks to temporarily stabilise a section of the quay wall were carried out (instructed by Spiers Gumley Property Management on behalf of the co-owners of the housing development).

 

The co-owners of these homes have shared legal responsibility for common grounds at the development, however uncertainty remains over responsibility for the burden of maintaining the quay wall.

 

Over the past five years, Glasgow City Council, Speirs Gumley and the co-owners of the 278 homes in the development have frequently engaged, to consider options to address the situation. The options considered included matters of the repair or renewal of the quay wall, the legal burden and financial support.

 

The co-owners of these homes have shared legal responsibility for common grounds at the development, however uncertainty remains over responsibility for the burden of maintaining the quay wall.

 

As a result, in June 2018 Speirs Gumley submitted an application for £11.6million grant funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal. The funding application was based on the design appraisals and cost estimates at that time. This application was approved on the basis that Glasgow City Council carries out the project and the City Deal funding is supported by a contribution from the property owners.

 

In March 2020 an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Waterfront Development concluded an almost unanimous decision in favour of providing a contribution of £1.39million (£5,000 x the 278 properties) toward the Windmillcroft Quay project.  A further offer of £750,000 contribution is proposed; which is subject to negotiations between Speirs Gumley Property Management and a third party contributor.

 

The offer of the funding contribution from the co-owners has now been accepted by the council in principle, as subsequent negotiation may be necessary to address the technical, legal and financial issues related to the project.

 

Around £50million of the £113.9million funding for the City Deal: Clyde Waterfront and West End Innovation Quarter project (which aims to regenerate the river corridor as a desirable urban quarter that attracts jobs and investment) has been allocated to improving some of the quay walls in the area.

 

Improving the quay walls in locations such as Windmillcroft Quay and Custom House Quay will unlock the area’s development potential, enhance connectivity, and improve the quality of places on the waterfront.

 

It is envisaged that the new quay wall would be built out on the riverbed, around 12 metres in front of the existing quay wall line, with a hybrid single and twin steel sheet structure, and an estimated cost of between £15 and £18million. The council would then own and adopt the new quay wall structure, the new land and the public realm.

 

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said: “Repairing the Windmillcroft Quay wall will not only benefit everyone who lives, works and visits there, but the entire city.  We’re going to create new, high-quality public space on the waterfront and better connectivity that will complement the huge amount of development activity taking place on along the Clyde.”

 

The project is due to commence with detailed design development in June 2020, with a site start expected in January 2022.

 

The Windmillcroft Quay project is expected to bring economic growth to the project area, the Tradeston district and the waterfront on the south side of the Clyde.  It will complement the new Tradeston development – including the Barclays campus – and will re-establish and promote connectivity along the south bank of the river.

Fat Mr F

Mr Fabulous was caught cutting some grass but who’s grass was he cutting? Where is he? In a public park? And why is he looking a bit on the heavy side?

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A source within his team said that at the beginning of lockdown Mr Fabulous wasn’t very motivated and had been eating crisps, snacks, chocolate, basically eating unhealthily for a few weeks, which promotes an unhealthy life style, and is not like him at all. It seems like Mr fabulous has been struggling with his motivation but from what was said by a member of his team this may be because he has 3 kids and is trying to keep them motivated with school work and staying at home like most parents at the moment, but his family are all safe and well which is the important thing. It was also said that he had mixed feelings during this lockdown, educating, fun, exciting, stressful, draining, loving, upsetting but safe. The main thing keeping him going through lockdown is his positive attitude and looking forward to getting back out there doing what he does best.

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Mr Fabulous was spotted helping a number of charities over the last few weeks by delivering food parcels and helping the elderly, at a safe distance of course, but also Mr Fabulous has just started a health and fitness challenge for ‘Hillhead Charity’ which helps children, families and vulnerable adults, and is hopefully going to help him get back into his sequence and on stage. By Oliver Sams (Mon 18 May 2020)

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Mr Fabulous was caught cutting some grass but who’s grass was he cutting? Where is he? In a public park? And why is he looking a bit on the heavy side?

fat mr f

A source within his team said that at the beginning of lockdown Mr Fabulous wasn’t very motivated and had been eating crisps, snacks, chocolate, basically eating unhealthily for a few weeks, which promotes an unhealthy life style, and is not like him at all. It seems like Mr fabulous has been struggling with his motivation but from what was said by a member of his team this may be because he has 3 kids and is trying to keep them motivated with school work and staying at home like most parents at the moment, but his family are all safe and well which is the important thing. It was also said that he had mixed feelings during this lockdown, educating, fun, exciting, stressful, draining, loving, upsetting but safe. The main thing keeping him going through lockdown is his positive attitude and looking forward to getting back out there doing what he does best.

Mr Fabulous was spotted helping a number of charities over the last few weeks by delivering food parcels and helping the elderly, at a safe distance of course, but also Mr Fabulous has just started a health and fitness challenge for ‘Hillhead Charity’ which helps children, families and vulnerable adults, and is hopefully going to help him get back into his sequence and on stage. By Oliver Sams (Mon 18 May 2020)

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Scottish Book Trust, the national charity changing lives through reading and writing, will host online celebrations this year for Bookbug Week​, which runs from Monday 18 May – Sunday 24 May. As the Bookbug programme has been running since 2010, the charity will mark the ten year milestone with #HappyBirthdayBookbug, encouraging families across Scotland to send Bookbug their birthday wishes.

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Bookbug Week is an annual celebration of Scotland’s national book-gifting programme and Song and Rhyme Sessions. There will be many ways for families to join in the fun at home, such as a daily drawalong with Bookbug’s creator Debi Gliori, to learn how to draw Bookbug and friends. There will also be a special film with Debi, which explains how she created Bookbug ten years ago.

 

The popular live Bookbug Session on Facebook will run on Friday 22 May at 10am, for everyone to join in and sing happy birthday to Bookbug. The first live Bookbug Session was a great success with over 20,000 views. For those that cannot join the live session, there will be an option to watch later, or the option of acelebratory Bookbug Session for families to try at home themselves.

Scottish Book Trust’s home activities hub will be packed with more themed ideas to try at home, from making a party hat to colouring in sheets of Bookbug. All through the week, there will also be competitions on the charity’s website and social media. Scottish Book Trust will also be asking for families’ memories of their child’s Bookbug Bags and Bookbug Sessions with their little ones.

As always, families can access Bookbug’s Song and Rhyme library, via Scottish Book Trust’s website, or on the free Bookbug app. Building on the increasing demand for modern nursery rhymes, Scottish Book Trust commissioned Sprog Rock to develop a brand new birthday song, which will launch on Wednesday 20 May. The new song was created through interactive nursery workshops earlier this year with Bucklyvie Nursery in Glasgow. The song centres around the theme of being ten years old, with nursery children contributing their imaginative thoughts about what that age means to them.

 

 

Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd said:

 

“I am delighted that we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Bookbug programme in Scotland. To date, Bookbug has provided well over 6 million books to children and helped families across Scotland to take part in Bookbug activities and enjoy precious moments of reading, story-telling and singing together.

 

We know these are challenging times for families so it is heartening to see that the Bookbug online sessions are proving to be such a success. I am also pleased to see that this year’s celebrations will be packed with themed activity ideas for families to try at home.

 

I would like to thank Scottish Book Trust and everyone involved in delivering this wonderful programme and I hope that many families can join in the exciting virtual events and resources during the Bookbug week.”

 

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: 

 

“Scottish Book Trust is looking forward to celebrating Bookbug’s tenth birthday with families across Scotland through our website, social media channels and Bookbug app. We are extremely proud of the impact that the Bookbug programme has made in the last decade: from delivering free bags of books, to bringing communities together through Bookbug Sessions, to working with families at home who need our support to get started sharing stories and songs together.

 

“We’d like to thank all our colleagues from libraries, health, education, social care and the third sector for building Bookbug with us – it truly is a national partnership that shows how much we value books, and value children. We look forward to receiving everyone’s birthday messages for Bookbug and hope that families can join us to celebrate.”

 

 

Funded by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Programme. The Bookbug programme encourages mums, dads and carers to sing and share stories with their children from birth. It gives every child in Scotland four free bags of books in their first 5 years, gifting over 885,000 books every year. Bookbug also runs regular free story, song and rhyme events in libraries, shopping centres and other community venues which attracted audiences of over 720,000 parents and children in 2018-19.

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Lockdown didn’t stop one of Scotland’s oldest women celebrating her 107th birthday at a Glasgow care home yesterday!

Ellen Gardner has lived through two World Wars and the 1920s Spanish Flu outbreak, so she wasn’t going to let the current Coronavirus pandemic spoil her celebrations.

Staff at Glasgow’s Orchard Grove Care Home pulled out all the stops to ensure Ellen’s milestone birthday was marked with a special party, complete with a DJ and a piper.

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TV hadn’t been invented when Ellen was born in Glasgow’s East End in 1913, women couldn’t vote – the Suffragette movement was at its peak, George V was King and Asquith was Prime Minister.

But despite her grand age, Ellen, latterly of Auldhouse, still enjoys a party. She enjoyed special birthday cakes donated by McGee’s the Bakers, flowers from Glasgow’s Lord Provost and music provided by Orchard Grove employee and part-time DJ, Stephen Kay, who set up his decks in the home so all the residents could share in the fun while staying safely indoors.

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Pupils from Toryglen School hub for key workers also created Happy Birthday banners for the special occasion which was delivered, contact-free to the home.

Visitors are currently banned from entering UK care homes due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but Ellen’s son, Ronnie and his wife Liz, were able to safely see her open her presents and wish her happy birthday from outside the building in the garden area.

Retired surveyor, Ronnie of Clarkston, said: “I usually visit mum three times a week but haven’t been able to see her for weeks now because of the virus, which is a bit annoying. I’ve been able to phone her and the staff sent me a WhatsApp message of her in a wheelchair out in the gardens, but it was nice to see her on her birthday, even if it was from a distance. She seems to be keeping remarkably well and is in good health for her age.

“Everything the staff have done is really remarkable. The staff are excellent in the unit she is in. They are very thoughtful and always friendly to myself and my wife when we visit.”

Great-grandmother Ellen loved to travel when younger – visiting her other sons, Alan, and Johnston, in Canada, Hong Kong and South Africa. She also loved knitting, puzzles and Scrabble and was a member of South Shawlands Parish Church.

Ellen cared for her family and husband John who worked at Beardmores in Parkhead but sadly died of cancer in 1970. She also worked as a nursing auxiliary at Philipshill Hospital in East Kilbride and for Prudential Insurance.

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Glasgow Lord Provost, Councillor Philip Braat, sent Ellen a bouquet of flowers along with special birthday wishes.

He said: “I’d like to congratulate Ellen on this very special occasion. She has lived through some truly historic world events and her 107th birthday takes place amid yet another one. It is really heart-warming to hear of the hard work staff at Orchard Grove have put in to ensuring she can celebrate this momentous event and share it with her family despite social distancing and the lockdown. Their thoughtfulness and compassion at this exceptionally challenging time is commendable.”

Orchard Grove Care Home is run by Glasgow’s Health & Social Care Partnership.

New measures to support physical distancing for people walking and cycling in Glasgow have been unveiled.

Glasgow has been at the forefront of the push for temporary footpaths and cycle ways as a means to thwart the spread of coronavirus, which this week led to the Scottish Government announcing a £10m package of support for such measures.

As an initial step, Kelvin Way will be closed to vehicle traffic from tomorrow (Saturday, May 2) to allow greater space for people undertaking daily exercise in and around Kelvingrove Park.  Plans to widen Clyde Street and Broomielaw to ensure pedestrians, cyclists and wheel chair users can be physically distant safely at all times are also at an advanced staged.

Both Kelvin Way and the Clyde Walkway have both been heavily used by people using the current exercise exemption to staying at home and concerns have been expressed about the ability to follow the 2-metre physically distant rule in these places.

But the council also sees additional public space for physical distancing as a key component in the economic recovery of the city. Wider pavements and paths will help to enable safe access to shops and business premises in the city centre.

Other areas with high pedestrian footfall such as Byres Road and Partick, Dennistoun, Shawlands and Maryhill have also been identified as places where the temporary measures can be introduced. Pollok, Drumchapel, Easterhouse and Castlemilk have been earmarked for support also.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, sees the additional space for physical distancing as a way to build confidence that the city can emerge from the current crisis.

Councillor Aitken said: “When lockdown begins to ease, it is vital that we do everything we can as a city to keep the coronavirus at bay. We want to ensure that people are confident that they can move safely around the city, and access workplaces, shops, pubs, restaurants and other business when they begin to reopen.  This is crucial not only for the health of our citizens, but also the health of our economy.

“Rethinking road space to allow for wider footways will be essential for people accessing businesses, public transport and other facilities, and these types of measures will be an important tool in getting the city up and running again.

“The imminent closure of Kelvin Way and plans to widen footways along Clyde Street and Broomielaw are the shape of things to come and I welcome the funding from the Scottish Government, which will enable us to accelerate these plans.

“We will be looking at communities in all parts of the city to see what measures can be put in place in the weeks and months ahead.”

With lockdown restrictions leading to a significant reduction in vehicle traffic, cycling has  become a safer and more popular mode of transport. It is also hoped that the new temporary measures will support recent environmental gains,

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said: “Once restrictions begin to ease, it is crucial that walking and cycling continue to be safe and convenient modes of transport that are good for health and air quality.

“We have already moved very far in a short space of time on the use of widened footpaths and cycle ways to support physical distancing. We hope these measures will help provide the necessary protection from covid-19 but also lead to other public health benefits.”

The closure of Kelvin Way will be implemented from 00.01 hours on Saturday, May 2.