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Street Change Glasgow to Help Transform Lives of City’s Most Vulnerable

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Glasgow is to set up an Alternative Giving scheme to help transform the lives of people of who participate in begging.

 

An online donation facility, contactless giving points and a website will be created so people can contribute to a fund which will pay for practical items such as clothes to attend a job interview, tickets for public transport to access training or essential tools or safety equipment to start work.

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Third Sector partners including Simon Community Scotland, Glasgow Homelessness Network and The Big Issue are teaming up with the city council, the Chamber of Commerce and Police Scotland, to create a scheme similar to one in Manchester.

 

Assistance provided will be practical and tailored to a person’s individual needs. Partners, such as the Simon Community, who work with vulnerable people , will apply to the fund on their behalf. Decisions on support will be made quickly to ensure people are able to seize opportunities to improve their lives.

 

Businesses and other city organisations will be invited to become ambassadors for the scheme, providing “in kind”, financial support or work experience for suitable candidates. Firms tendering for council contracts may also be encouraged to back the scheme via “community benefit” clauses.

 

The city’s Begging Strategy Group visited Manchester and Liverpool to learn how difference alternative giving schemes operate successfully and what type would be most suitable for Glasgow. Members also liaised with Cardiff, Cambridge and the Association of City and Town Centre Managers.

 

Councillor Allan Casey, Chair of the Begging Strategy Group, said: “Glasgow is a generous city and people care deeply about those who are vulnerable and marginalised. They regularly give their spare change to people who are begging. This may help in the short term, but may not bring about positive, long term change in that person’s life.

 

“The new alternative giving scheme will offer the public a new way to help, which aims to deliver long term change for individuals – giving them personalised practical support to improve their lives by pursuing positive paths.

 

“Not everyone who begs is homeless, but this scheme will operate in tandem with existing services in the city such as the new roving Digital Inclusion Officer, the Housing First Scheme and homelessness services. We aim to remove barriers preventing people from rising out of poverty and no longer having to participate in begging.”

 

People with personal experience of begging in Glasgow will be involved in the scheme’s creation and also in deciding which applications are approved.

 

Street Change Glasgow is another initiative by the city’s Begging Strategy Group which aims to ensure people do not have to beg. A Digital Inclusion Officer was recently employed to work alongside the Simon Community’s Street Team. She goes out to talk to people who are begging and uses a tablet computer to ensure they are registered to receive all the benefits they are entitled to, as well as preparing them for the transition to Universal Credit.

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Valentine’s Massacre

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‘Slay together, stay together – Valentine Massacre in store for horror-loving couples’

 

Who said celebrating Valentine’s Day had to be soppy? Halloween may be a distant memory but Glasgow horror fans looking for another terrifying fix need not worry.

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Popcorn Horror, the independent collective behind Glasgow Horror Fest have revealed several additional horror events for 2019. The first of these is Valentine’s Massacre – An Alternative, Horror Themed Couples Night. If you’d like to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but can’t stand all things pink and fluffy – the event boasts varied line-up of terrifying shows, films, attractions and experiences, all with a dark romance theme.

 

Following the success of hosting Glasgow Krampus Market and guests having the opportunity to meet and take pictures with the mythical beast, Popcorn Horror are excited to reveal that Cupid will be available for a similar experience. Be warned though, this cupid is not an adorable cherub but a twisted love demon with an appetite for human hearts!

Killer couples can expect a night to die for, with the line-up also boasting a live show from the incredible Ash Pryce: Psychic Con-Man. Ash is a paranormal illusionist, who will be presenting an original show combining mind reading and spooky illusions with a Valentine’s theme.

 

Of course, what would Valentine’s Day be without a romantic movie? Valentine’s Massacre will be offering a film program of romantic-horror features and shorts. Expect lots of love, guts and gore in a curated selection of unnerving alternatives to the usual cinema offerings. Excitingly, the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge have prepared an exclusive program of micro-shorts – all delving into the darkness and twisted tales of romance. Body-horror, zombie infestation and monsters are set to shock audiences in these little slices of terror.

 

Aside from the main stage, couples will also have opportunity to take part in a range of horror attractions. Picasso Painters will be ready to give couples a horror makeover for the night, turning them into some of the screen’s scariest couples. Experience a makeover, into one of horror’s most memorable couples. Chucky and Tiffany, The Monster and Bride, Jack and Sally – and other demented duos. The Hidden Hermit will also be available for couple’s tarot reading sessions accompanied by gorgeous horror themed decks.

 

And of course, alternative Valentine gifts will be on offer from a selection of vendors, and not a fuzzy bear or a bunch of flowers in sight! Chocokat.chocolates will have her incredible selection of edible treats from her hand crafted chocolates stand – including realistic gory edible body parts and intricate chocolates featuring horror characters. Caitylou Creations will have a selection of her hand-made horror jewelry, as well as some monster crochet pieces – including the legendary Cthulhu. Printer Ronald Gray will be offering custom, on the spot t-shirt design for those appropriately horrific couples shirts you can’t find anywhere else, while Inkabella Bows will have a stall stuffed with horror accessories.

 

Bring a ghoulish lover or fiendish friend on a date to die for this Valentine’s Day, just make sure you both leave with your hearts intact!

 

Valentine’s Massacre – An Alternative, Horror Themed Couples Night

Blackfriars, Glasgow

14th February 2019

Event Info/Tickets – http://valerianemassacre.eventbrite.com

Event Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/379299722802495

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COUNCILLORS ASKED TO BACK EQUAL PAY DEAL

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SETTLEMENT of Glasgow’s long-running equal pay dispute is set to move a step closer, with councillors being asked to formally approve a cash offer to claimants.

Earlier this month, the council and the equal pay claimant group represented by Action4Equality, UNISON, GMB and UNITE reached an agreement in principle on a package of payments worth around £500 million.

Today [Friday, 1 Feb], the council published a report that will go before members of its City Administration Committee next week.

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In addition to asking councillors to approve the deal, the report outlines how the settlement will be funded – with some of the city’s property assets to be used to unlock loans.

Council leader Susan Aitken said she expects members to back her deal, which could see claimants receive compensation payments from as early as June this year.

“I’m delighted that we have agreement with the claimants and to be able to recommend to my colleagues a deal that finally delivers pay justice for thousands of women in our workforce,” she said.

“After a decade going round in circles in the courts, we have reached a fair settlement through twelve months of tough but open and honest negotiations.

“This report is our opportunity to put right a wrong that has damaged the council, its workforce and the city for too long. I trust that every member will want to take that opportunity.”

The paper, which will go to committee on Thursday, February 7, also includes further detail on how the council plans to meet the cost of the settlement – seeking authority to use property assets to secure loans.

Wholly-owned arm’s-length company City Property Glasgow Investments LLP is currently engaging lenders with the aim of refinancing a loan originally taken in 2010 – releasing significant additional value due to a growth in the value of its assets and more favourable interest rates.

It is also proposed that the council will sell a significant further portfolio of operational buildings to City Property and then lease them back at a commercial rate.

The purchase would be funded by long-term loans, with the lease payments meeting the annual cost of the borrowing.

Crucially, this means the buildings would remain in the city’s ownership and users would not see any difference in how they access them on a day-to-day basis.

Discussions are still ongoing with potential funders, however the council expects the Emirates Arena, Riverside Museum, SEC Armadillo, Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, City Halls, Toryglen Football Centre, Gorbals Leisure Centre and Bellahouston Leisure Centre to become part of the City Property portfolio.

Cllr Aitken said: “I’ve always been clear that, although settling equal pay has been about delivering justice for thousands of the women in our workforce, meeting the substantial cost of doing that must be fair for citizens.

“Releasing the potential of our property, while keeping it in the city’s ownership, protects services and the future of these valued assets.”

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GLASGOW AIRPORT RADAR PROJECT CLEARS MAJOR WIND FARM DEVELOPMENT FOR TAKE OFF

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Plans for one of the largest wind farm developments in Scotland have been given the green light following the installation of a state-of-the-art radar system at Glasgow Airport.

Together with air traffic services company, NATS, and Banks Renewables, Glasgow Airport has introduced a new radar earlier that can mitigate the impact of the Kype Muir Wind Farm near Strathaven, South Lanarkshire. The development will generate 88.4MW of renewable energy from its 26 turbines.

NATS will manage the dual Terma SCANTER 4002 radar system which is capable of supporting air traffic control requirements and mitigating the impact of the turbines. The system is now operational and NATS has secured the contract to operate and maintain the service for the 25-year life of the wind farm.

Due to their height and movement patterns, wind turbines can have a range of impacts on navigational systems, including being detected by Primary Surveillance Radar (PSR) and appearing on air traffic control screens. This can have a number of impacts including distracting controllers, masking ‘real’ aircraft and mimicking the appearance of actual aircraft to the extent that they must be avoided by other aircraft. Such impacts can have a detrimental impact on the safety, efficiency and capacity of the airspace surrounding airport.

As a statutory consultee, Glasgow Airport must assess wind farm development proposals up to 50 kilometres away. Importantly, it must ensure any proposed development will not pose a risk to the safety of the 30 airlines who fly over nine million passengers to and from the airport every year.

Glasgow Airport Managing Director Mark Johnston said: “We are very pleased to announce that the system is now fully operational. For the last three years, the Airport’s planning team has been worked extremely hard with our partners from NATS and Banks Renewables to develop this wind turbine mitigation solution in what is a very complex and safety critical environment.

“As well as resolving the issue with Kype Muir, the mitigation may also have the potential to resolve issues with other future wind farm proposals, which can only be of benefit to Scotland’s renewable energy sector.”

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:  “It’s great to see Glasgow Airport hosting the launch of this new radar system, which is a significant development for aviation safety.

“The new radar is able to distinguish between aircraft and wind turbines situated at Kype Muir Wind Farm, and this technology will be invaluable with the ever-growing sustainable energy sector.”  

Andrew Liddell, Technical Director with Banks Renewables, said: “We’re especially thankful to Glasgow Airport for engaging with us to deliver the new radar. This means that not only will our new wind farm stay clear of any radar detection – but other new wind farms may also benefit from this regional solution.

“We also acknowledge how proactive and instrumental the Scottish Government has been in helping deliver such a positive outcome.”

Paul Beat, NATS General Manager at Glasgow Airport, said: ““We’re delighted to have worked with Glasgow Airport, Banks Renewables and TERMA to deliver a mitigation solution that both supports safe and efficient air traffic services, while also allowing this important wind farm development to be built and make a major contribution to the Scottish Government’s renewables strategy.”

 

Glasgow was one of the first airports in the world to deploy large scale wind turbine mitigation in the form of infill radar and has continued to innovate by deploying single turbine blanking in response to the increasing number of developments.

 

As a result, it has approved 90% of the 495 wind turbine applications it received between October 2012 and August 2016. These projects have the potential to generate more than 700MW of energy.

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PARTNERS AGREE TO INVESTIGATE SECOND OPTION FOR AIRPORT ACCESS

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PARTNERS working to deliver a new transport link to Glasgow Airport are developing plans for a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) scheme, as a potential alternative to a tram train.

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PRT – which operates at a number of other airports, including Heathrow – was identified as one of two options for airport access in an original Strategic Business Case in 2016.

Partners now believe that it is likely to emerge as the preferred option and will ask the City Region Cabinet to approve work on an Outline Business Case, to be completed later this year.

A meeting of the project’s Executive Steering Group, on Wednesday, heard that the scheme could be delivered within the existing budget and timescale, being operational 2025.

Leader of Glasgow City Council, Cllr Susan Aitken said: “Improved connectivity to Glasgow Airport is a key priority; however the advice from officers and consultants is that significant questions remain about the deliverability of the current tram train option, particularly in relation to capacity at Central Station.

“As a result, the Executive Steering Group has agreed that additional work should be done to establish an alternative Outline Business Case for a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) option. This work was not advanced by the previous City Deal Cabinet, but it is now crucial in order to allow us to make a fully informed choice about which of the options in front of us should be progressed.

“I remain committed to a solution that delivers improved public transport connectivity to Glasgow Airport – but I am determined that it should also provide value for money for the city, and deliver the widest possible inclusive economic benefits. I’m confident that we have made significant progress towards that outcome today.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “This is a really positive step forward and recognition that a transport link between Glasgow City Centre, Paisley and Glasgow Airport is critical to the success of the city region economy.

“It is important we get the right solution which takes in to account competing demands on the existing rail network and delivers for the whole of the City Region. In order to ensure we get the right solution, we now have a clear way forward and agreement to look at a business case for a Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system, which can be delivered quickly and finally make the connection between the Airport and the city that business leaders and investors are crying out for.

“Renfrewshire Council is fully supportive of this approach and will be seeking Cabinet approval in the next few weeks to develop an outline business case to deliver a PRT for 2025.”

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “The Scottish Government is committed to the Glasgow City Region Deal and wish to see it succeed, so I’m pleased we have agreement on the way forward for this important project from all members of the Executive Steering Group.

“It’s crucial that improving access to Glasgow Airport is balanced with the needs of the region’s existing transport network. The Personal Rapid Transit system option potentially meets this aim, and I look forward to seeing the revised business case once it’s completed.”

Mark Johnston, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said: “We welcomed the opportunity to meet with the councils and the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Matheson MSP, who convened the meeting to discuss the Glasgow Airport Access Project.

 

“Over the course of the past 10 years, we have been working with partners to address the long standing issue of access to and from Glasgow Airport. With the recent Jacobs report having confirmed congestion on the M8 has reached record levels there is an acceptance by all involved that doing nothing is not an option.

 

“We were informed that due to issues around rail capacity the project partners are developing an alternative option. This will be evaluated and we will of course work with the partners to promote the delivery of an effective solution within the agreed timescale.”

 

Although the detail of a PRT scheme would be developed through the new business case, it would be likely to see passengers use the existing rail network between Central Station and Paisley Gilmour Street – and a second shuttle or pod vehicle between Paisley and the airport.

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Council considers new strategy to make best use of its property and land assets

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A Glasgow City Council committee today (29 January) considered a Property and Land Strategy which will guide how the council can make the best use of its substantial property and land estate.  The possible relocation of council offices from the city centre to key regeneration areas across Glasgow is one action that may be delivered through the strategy.

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The council will soon make a decision on whether to adopt the strategy.

 

The council has the biggest land and property estate in Glasgow, with more than 1,000 operational properties, including schools and nurseries, care homes, offices, community and sports centres, museums, galleries and libraries, as well as surplus property and land.

 

Such a large estate plays a significant role in the life of the city, helping neighbourhoods throughout Glasgow thrive, and the council is committed to working with local communities to rethink how these are used to ensure that – in an era of challenging finances for local authorities – its facilities are fit for purpose; solutions are found to protect our built heritage; derelict sites are restored to productive use; and that ownership is opened up to other groups and organisations where appropriate and possible.

 

The possible relocation of some council offices from the city centre to regeneration areas in the city would allow not only effective delivery of council services but also act as a catalyst for social and economic regeneration in local communities.  Locating council offices or facilities in particular areas plays a key role in attracting investment, development and creating local employment opportunities.

 

The council would also work with community groups, public agencies and third sector organisations to ensure services meet local needs and priorities, and the Property and Land Strategy will inform how these needs and priorities are best met through the council’s estate by measures such as co-location and investing in / repurposing sites.

 

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The council’s Property and Land Strategy will consider how our estate could be used more efficiently and effectively, with communities more closely involved and better served.  The council would also have reduced costs in the years ahead through the strategy and the ability to raise capital receipts would help deliver improved public services to the people of Glasgow.  The proper location of these services would also contribute to the regeneration of neighbourhoods across the city.”

 

Three complimentary asset plans will support this strategy: the Community Asset Plan; the Built Heritage Plan, and the Vacant and Derelict Land Plan.  The first of these reflects the council’s commitment to the greater involvement and empowerment of our citizens; the second provides a consistent and considered approach to the stewardship of the council’s built heritage; and the third addresses the potential blight, cost and missed opportunity that vacant and derelict properties and land can represent for the council and the city.

 

The council’s Property and Land Strategy has five key objectives driving the approach to its use of, and investment in, property and land between 2019 – 2022:

 

  • A more efficient, sustainable, smaller and better quality estate;
  • An agile estate capable of meeting current and future service delivery needs;
  • Collaborating and co-locating with community planning partners, third sector organisations and city region partners;
  • Achieving cost reductions, increasing income and generating capital receipts; and
  • Embracing of digital and technological innovation to reduce reliance on and improve the performance of the estate.

     

In order to achieve these five objectives, a number of actions may be taken, including relocating city centre services to support regeneration across Glasgow through identifying suitable locations owned by the council or partners in key regeneration districts, and planning for a phased withdrawal from higher-cost city centre locations.  This would reduce costs and increase local employment opportunities.

 

Another action to be considered would be the development of multi-service/multi-agency community hubs across the city, which will allow greater community involvement and greater effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery.  Additionally, multi-service operation hubs may be established to increase collaborative and co-operative working; deliver economies of scale and raise capital receipts through the sale of released sites.

 

The council would also look to work with communities to co-design future delivery needs, with local communities being directly involved in local sites.  Communities may also be given the opportunity to take over the ownership and management of community assets through Community Asset Transfer.

 

Where council properties are of particular cultural or heritage importance, an innovative approach to their management and purpose would be taken, with plans put it in place – working with heritage bodies – to maintain and protect these buildings and put them to productive use where appropriate.

 

The strategy would also repurpose the council’s under-occupied and surplus properties through identification of those properties which would be developed in the long-term and those which can be marketed, and this would reduce costs, raise capital receipts and allow regeneration by both the public and private sectors.

 

The final action of the strategy would look to ensure that future investment in council property minimises environmental impact and establishes affordable life-cycle maintenance through whole life financial modelling and adapting low-carbon technologies, delivering reduce repair costs and a leaner, greener estate.

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Council appoints first-ever City Urbanist for Glasgow

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Glasgow City Council has appointed Professor Brian Evans as its first City Urbanist.

 

This new role will see Professor Evans – a professor in Urbanism and Landscape at The Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh School of Architecture, and one of the UK’s leading urbanists – work with councillors, officers, the design community, and city partners and stakeholders to enhance Glasgow’s approach to place-making and connectivity.

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He will work with politicians and senior officers to develop and embed an approach to ‘place quality’ in all of the plans and strategies that are implemented by the council family that affect how we live including housing, business, environment, transport and place connectivity.

 

The City Urbanist will galvanise resources that already exist and connect activity across the council family and the design community, in all functions that affect ‘liveability’ in Glasgow, to provide an over-arching narrative and get the best out of the key place-making policy in the City Development Plan

 

Professor Evans is a graduate of both of Glasgow’s architecture schools (The Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde).

 

He has enjoyed a distinguished career, including with Gillespies, an international landscape architecture and urban design practice, and played a leading role the design and delivery of the Glasgow Garden Festival (1988), the Glasgow Public Realm Strategy (1995) and the Buchanan Street Project (2001).  He led the team that transformed the public realm of Grainger Town in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and key spaces within the World Heritage Site in Edinburgh including the highly acclaimed and award-winning redesign of St Andrew Square (2009).

 

Working in 20 countries across three continents, Professor Evans has in recent years led teams to win international competitions to work on the expansion of the City of Moscow (2013), the transformation of the River Moscow (2014) and the expansion of Suzhou, China (2014).

 

Professor Evans was founding Deputy Chair of Architecture and Design Scotland and a founder and director of the Academy of Urbanism, London, and is also an adviser to the United Nations in Geneva.  In 2017, the United Nations established a Charter Centre for Sustainable Urbanism at The Urban Lab, which he directs based at The Glasgow School of Art.

 

Applications for the role of Glasgow’s City Urbanist were invited from independent, strategic, thinkers with a proven track record in influencing the delivery of ambitious place-making policies on the ground, operating in the fields of urban design, architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, or planning with multi-disciplinary, partnership working at city scale. The part-time role will also see Professor Evans act as a bridge between the council, communities and developers.

 

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “I am very pleased that Professor Brian Evans has agreed to take on the challenge of the new role of City Urbanist. He will make a great addition to the team as we take forward the next stage in the history of this great city.

“Brian brings into the council a great understanding of our city formed over years in the private sector and a distinguished career in the academic sector and in promoting best practice in urban development and place making for the Scottish and UK Governments and internationally.

“There are great designers and planners working in Glasgow across the public and private sectors.  The City Government is committed to working with them to make Glasgow the best place it can be.  We see this being delivered through a consistent and long-term commitment to place-making and best use of the city’s assets.  Brian’s appointment is an important step in delivering that.”

 

Professor Evans said: “It is characteristic of Glasgow to look forward and think creatively about the ways the city works for people. We should think about the design of Glasgow as an international city, a metropolitan city and, most importantly, as the everyday city of residents, businesses and visitors and I’m honoured to be asked to play a role and to take a strategic view on place, design and the city. I’ll be working alongside the City Council and its partners to complement existing capacity, stretch thinking on design and help identify gaps in knowledge and understanding.”

 

Muriel Gray, Chair of the Board of Governors of The Glasgow School of Art, said: “Brian’s appointment reflects both the importance of urban design and place making to Glasgow’s future as a leading global city, and how the skills and knowledge that exist within The Glasgow School of Art can be applied to help to develop and improve life in the city.”

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Sustrans Funding Boost for Barras City Deal Project

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The Scottish Government funded Community Links programme has awarded the council £300,000 for junction improvements in the Barras area, as part of a City Deal project to create a unique, vibrant destination immediately to the east of Glasgow Cross.

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Delivered in partnership with Sustrans Scotland; the Community Links programme funds infrastructure projects that make it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys.

A key component of the £27m City Deal funded Collegelands Calton Barras infrastructure programme; Barras Public Realm project is increasing the attractiveness of its streets and spaces as well as improving travel connections. These enhancements are unlocking the development potential of the area, enabling the continuation of economic activity from the city centre to the East End.

This City Deal project has already delivered high quality resurfacing and pavement widening in the area as well as improved lighting and CCTV.  Future work planned will improve key streets and junctions adjacent to the Barras and enhance connectivity with the city centre by prioritising pedestrians and cyclists, and reducing the dominance of vehicles.

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm, said; “I’m absolutely delighted that the council was successful in securing funding from Community Links.  This award will be used toward enhancing key junctions and travel connections in the Barras area.

“The improvements already delivered through City Deal have had a hugely positive effect and acted as a catalyst for further investment and activity in the area. The work continues and I’m heartened that the plans we have for the future will ensure the continued transformation of this important area”.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “The Community Links programme, funded by the Scottish Government, continues to support innovative, accessible and high quality walking and cycling infrastructure for communities to enjoy. The Barras junction improvements will help make local walking and cycling easier than ever before and support the wider package of City Deal funded improvements across Calton and the East End.

“We intend to maintain our record levels of active travel funding, in order to develop an Active Nation, and we look forward to continuing to support Active Travel partners in delivering similar community infrastructure improvements projects across the country.”

Matt MacDonald, Head of Delivery, Infrastructure, Sustrans Scotland added; “We are pleased to be supporting this project which will make it easier, safer and more pleasant for people travelling on foot and by bike in this iconic area of Glasgow.  The project stands out for its engagement with the local community and key stakeholders.  We look forward to working with Glasgow City Council to deliver it successfully”.

The Community Links funding, which was approved for acceptance by committee today (24 January 2019) will maximise the impact of work to improve the attractiveness of the Barras by ensuring all elements as envisaged are delivered, and by providing additionality through an enhanced design.

Following procurement in early 2019, work is expected to commence on site in Spring/Summer 2019 and to be complete in 2020.

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Equal pay settlement

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Glasgow City Council and the equal pay claimant group represented by Action4Equality, UNISON, GMB and UNITE are delighted to confirm that they have reached an agreement in principle to a package of payments to resolve historical claims for unequal pay within the claimant group.

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This does not represent the end of the process as a number of steps still require to be taken before payments are made. These steps include:

 

  • Seeking approval for the deal from members of Glasgow City Council
  • Seeking approval from the claimants
  • Completing the process of raising the funding to meet the cost
  • Finalising various technical agreements around, for example, how and when the money is paid to claimants.

 

This means that while payments will be made in this calendar year they will be made in the next financial year.

 

Stefan Cross QC from Action4equality said. “Since the strike there has been real and constructive negotiations. Neither side has got everything it wanted and both sides have made serious concessions so that we can both be satisfied that this is a fair deal.”

 

Once the settlements have been processed both sides are committed to completing the new job evaluation study and devising a fair and lawful remuneration package that fairly and properly remunerates the work done by Glasgow’s wonderful dedicated workforce. No further litigation will take place whilst that task is being completed.

 

Cllr Susan Aitken Leader of Glasgow City Council said,

 

“Almost exactly a year since the City Government led on the hugely significant step of abandoning many years of litigation on Equal Pay, I am delighted that the Council and claimants representatives have agreed an offer which I will recommend to Committee for their approval in the coming weeks.

 

“We were clear that this was always likely to take at least a year and the sheer volume of cases involved and the complexity of the Council’s pay and grading arrangements were such that this was never going to be easy. My commitment to resolving this issue has never wavered and I have never needed to be convinced of the case for equality.

 

“I would like to thank each and every Council officer who has been involved in this at times extremely challenging process, the claimants’ representatives who have steadfastly represented their members and clients throughout and the claimants themselves for their patience.

 

“After a decade of obstruction and inaction, in a relatively short space of time we have now reached agreement which delivers the pay justice these women long have fought for.  I am proud to be able to recommend a settlement to right this historic injustice and I trust colleagues across the Chambers will support this deal and the work we must undertake to address the future challenges it places before us.”

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Independent public hearings on match day parking plans to be held

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Independent public hearings on plans to introduce event day parking zones at Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium are to be held after sustainable objections were made against these proposals.

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The proposals for parking restrictions around both stadia followed regular complaints from local residents and elected members about obstructive parking that routinely blocks footways, pedestrian crossings, private driveways and causes safety issues at junctions.

Under the relevant traffic regulations, independent public hearings are a mandatory requirement following the receipt of objections, in both cases, that relate to the potential impact of the proposed restrictions on emergency routes to the stadia.

The emergency routes, which provide direct access to the stadia for the emergency services, are currently traffic coned on match days, but this does not always facilitate effective enforcement against vehicles that are inappropriately parked.

The proposals for areas around both stadia include the introduction of permanent signs and road markings that would allow for more effective parking enforcement on match days.

The process for the independent public hearings follows a statutory consultation in relation to both stadia earlier this year, which led to detailed plans being published for wider consideration and further comment.

This has resulted in 1568 objections and 103 notices of support being received in respect of the proposals for Ibrox Stadium; 1190 objections and 15 notices of support were received in respect of the proposals for Celtic Park.

To ensure the relevant regulations are followed, Glasgow City Council has written to the Scottish Government to ask that an independent Reporter be provided to manage appropriate hearings in respect of the proposals for both stadia.

Dates and venues have still to be set for the respective hearings and the procedures for those hearings will determined by the independent Reporter.

All objectors will be notified of the request for a public hearing in relation to the proposals they are concerned about and have until January 23 to lodge their intention to be heard at the relevant hearing.

Other issues raised during the public consultation included public transport provision, the effect on supporters with health or mobility issues who do not have Blue Badge dispensation.

The relevant regulations being followed during this process are the “Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure)(Scotland) Regulations 1999”.