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Innovative project to transform vacant shop units into temporary creative spaces on Glasgow’s Historic High Street and Saltmarket

A new project, which will see 11 vacant shop units on Glasgow’s historic High Street and Saltmarket transformed into interim / temporary spaces – most of which are for the creative industries – was launched today.

 

This Meanwhile Space project aims to both increase the vitality of areas by increasing footfall and support new and growing businesses.  The first of these – the New Glasgow Society, an art gallery, moved in on 21 May, with all of the other units to be occupied shortly.

 

The initiative, one of 26 exciting projects being delivered as part of Glasgow City Council’s High Street Area Strategy (HSAS), is being delivered by City Property Glasgow (Investments) and funded by City Property Glasgow (Investments) and Glasgow City Council, is also part of the council’s wider Space for Growth strategy, will see a number of long term vacant shop units transformed into temporary creative spaces.

 

Based in the Saltmarket, St Andrews Street and High Street areas of the city, the shop units have undergone extensive renovation work over the last six months to transform these until they are ready for occupation.  Each space has a programme of exciting events lined up over the next year which include a number of exhibitions and workshops open to the public.

 

The initiative, which has already seen success in London and Paris, is part of the HSAS plans to revitalise the area, helping to develop creative organisations, creating jobs and supporting inclusive economic growth across Glasgow. It is also hoped that by making the units available to the creative community that the initiative will complement the vision outlined in the HSAS; supporting a thriving local community, with a visitor offer focused on the unique heritage assets of the area and the independent businesses within this historic corridor.

 

There will be an evaluation of the project by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, which will consider the roll-out of similar models to other parts if Glasgow.

 

Launching the project in WASPSa non-profit studio provider for creative tenants, in St Andrew’s Street today (Wednesday 26 June) were Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, and Councillor Angus Millar, Chair of the High Street Reference Group, who were joined by Audrey Carlin, Chief Executive Officer of WASPS.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “The High Street and Saltmarket area is the historic heart of our great city. With its rich heritage, resonance with Glaswegians and proximity to the city centre, it has so much potential – but has been neglected for far too long.  Meanwhile Space is a fantastic opportunity to not simply breathe new life into the area but to help nurture one of Glasgow’s key sectors, the creative industries.  The flourishing galleries and creative spaces in adjoining streets show what can be achieved.  Glasgow Chamber of Commerce will evaluate this project, highlight the best practices which may emerge to wider city centre property owners and then encourage the roll out of the approach to other areas in the city.”

 

Councillor Angus Millar, Chair of the High Street Reference Group, said: “The Meanwhile Space programme is a key part of what we are doing to revitalise the High Street and Saltmarket area, providing space for new and growing businesses to develop in this historic Glasgow quarter.  Given the great heritage of this area, it’s right that many of the spaces in this project are being used by organisations from the creative industries, and I am sure they will make the High Street and Saltmarket an even more attractive place to work, live and visit.”

 

Audrey Carlin, Chief Executive Officer of WASPS, said: “WASPS is delighted to be taking on five units as part of the Meanwhile Space project.  This initiative offers something that doesn’t already exist in the city – a transition space in which we can support creative people to move from an artist studio into a more public facing shopfront, ultimately allowing them to develop a sustainable business and contribute to Glasgow’s economy long term.  These creative people will also benefit from being part of WASPS’ studio network across Scotland, made up of 900 creative people in 19 locations, and the opportunities that this brings with it for creative career development.”

 

Some of the other tenants include SOGO and TRACTion Cancer Support.

 

The creative industries support over 21,000 jobs in Glasgow, in around 2,500 individual enterprises.  ONS figures show that in 2016, the creative industries in Glasgow generated almost 900 million pounds – over one-fifth of the total produced by the sector nationally.

 

More detail on the High Street Area Strategy is available at: https://www.glasgowcitycentrestrategy.com/high-street-area-strategy.

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Sunnyside Primary pupils plea to schools to help with their new campaign

Pupils at Sunnyside Primary school are calling on their fellow schoolmates to join them in their latest campaign which aims to highlight the consequences of dropping litter on sea life.

As part of their #DrainCampaign, the Sunnyside Ocean Defenders want to see schools across the city create an ocean colour scene around their playground drains to show how discarded litter can affect marine life.

The school in Craigend describes itself as a “conservation school” with the motto “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”.

In 2017, pupils launched their #NaeStrawAtAw campaign on social media after learning how plastic can kill seabirds, fish, turtles and cetaceans. Since then they have been working with businesses and other schools about ending the use of plastic straws and adopting more eco-friendly alternatives.

Lisa Perrie, Principal Teacher, explains: “Last year we ran a few really successful campaigns raising awareness of single use plastic.  This year our focus is on litter and the fact that the litter we drop on our streets and in our playground can ultimately end up in the ocean.

“We have created some sassy sea characters who are all pretty miffed at our lack of care with our rubbish.

“That’s why we are asking schools and businesses across the city to do something simple in the week running up to World Oceans Day.

“We will be creating some pretty spectacular scenes around our playground drains and would love for other schools across the city to do the same.  Our hope is this would create a visual link between the discarded litter on our streets and playgrounds to the scunnered seals in the ocean.”

To help with this, the Sunnyside Ocean Defenders have created some sassy Scottish sea characters for schools to replicate – from a Scunnered Seal, a Bilin’ Basking Shark to the Crabbit Crab and Devastated Dolphin.

Councillor Anna Richardson, Glasgow City Council’s Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, congratulated the pupils once again for their commitment.

She said: “Sunnyside Ocean Defenders continue to impress us all with the drive and motivation of the pupils.

“They have a firm understanding of the consequences of dropping and generating litter and what can happen when people disrespect our natural environment. And they are doing something positive to try to prevent it.

“Highlighting what is a very important issue in a fun, hands-on way is a great way to raise awareness among our young people.”

Schools are encouraged to take a picture of their colourful drains and post it on social media, tagging @sunnysidepri in the lead up to Saturday, 8 June.

Image of Ocean Defenders and their Sassy Sea characters

Further images of the sassy sea characters are available on request. Please contact Vicky Bond, GCC Press Office.

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Glasgow’s Early Learning & Childcare expansion plans – flexible rental policy agreed

Early learning and childcare across the city received another boost this week when Councillors at the City Administration Committee agreed a flexible rental policy that will see private, social enterprise or third sector nursery providers benefit from the national expansion plans for families.

Glasgow is on track to deliver the national 1140 hours fully funded expansion plans for families by August 2020.

This will see families with eligible 3 and 4 year olds across the city offered the opportunity to benefit from almost double the number of funded hours currently available nationally.

As part of our expansion plans, Glasgow families with an household income of £45,000 or less will be able to access 900 hours in our nurseries and partner providers from the new term this August with some families already accessing 1140 hours in Council nurseries.

The new, bespoke rental policy will also allow for greater flexibility for parents and carers as part of the Council’s expansion plans as providers are given opportunities in council buildings across the city.

A capital investment of £44.1million was announced in February this year to build or refurbished eight additional early learning and childcare facilities across the city.

The flexible rental policy is seen as an incentive to our partners to operate in areas of the city that might not otherwise be financially viable.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills & Early Years said: “As we roll out and plan for the national expansion plans for early years and childcare and the increase of funded hours from 600 – 1140 hours for our families, we’ve looked at a number of ways in which we can work with our partner providers and stakeholders to maximise benefits across the sector.

“The commissioning paper agreed at City Administration Committee today is proof of our commitment.

“This is a really exciting time for early learning and childcare in the city and I’m delighted that we are able to offer additional benefits to our funded providers and the third sectors as part of the expansion plans and give them financial reassurance of our continued support.”

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Record amount of funding to be allocated by Council for affordable homes in Glasgow

A Glasgow City Council committee today (13 June) was told that the city has a budget of over £104million – the highest-ever figure – for its 2019/20 Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP).  This funding will help deliver over 3,500 affordable homes in Glasgow over the next two years.

 

The committee also approved the building of new affordable homes through this programme.

 

The figure of £104.44million for the AHSP covers funding not only for the continuation of ongoing projects and the beginning of new projects, but also for medical adaptation to homes in Glasgow, allowing tenants to remain in their own homes.

 

In terms of numbers, there are 1325 homes in ongoing projects, with some of the biggest developments in Govan, Dalmarnock, and Govanhill, and 2094 homes in new projects, with the biggest developments in Calton, Hamiltonhill, and the former Victoria Hospital site.  A further 106 affordable homes are being built in East Balornock through the LSVT programme for housing associations who acquired former Scottish Homes’ estates.

 

The AHSP is guided by Glasgow’s Housing Strategy and the city’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan.

 

The increase in investment is reflected in a number of ways, including a 79% increase in new and improved homes compared to the previous year.

 

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The record levels of funding that we are allocating allows thousands of new affordable homes to be built all over Glasgow – this is fantastic for the city as key to everyone’s quality of life and health is a good standard of housing. There is of course an additional economic boost to the city with jobs created through this level of housebuilding, and we look forward to working with our partners to bring these high-quality, energy-efficient homes for people and families in the future.”

 

The increases in funding for affordable homes in Glasgow will allow the city to contribute to the Scottish Government’s More Homes target of 50,000 new affordable (35,000 for social rent) homes by 2021.  The Scottish Government has indicated the AHSP budget for 2020/21 in Glasgow will increase further, to over £110million.

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Council to deliver £20million Community Hubs investment across Glasgow

A Glasgow City Council committee today (4 June) considered proposals for the first phase of new community hubs across the city.  This first phase is a £20million project.

 

These hubs will be single locations from which multiple council and partner services will be accessed and delivered.

 

This is the first phase of the creation of new community hubs in Glasgow, and it is proposed that the development of new community hubs is initially focused on the following council wards: Bailieston; Calton; Canal; Drumchapel/Anniesland; Greater Pollok and Pollokshields.

 

Co-locating services is expected to lead a more effective way of delivering them, and key to this effectiveness will be involving local communities in this.  A programme of community engagement will take place to identify what services local people and organisations need in their area. These community engagement sessions will link in with existing structures such as local community planning groups and citizens panels.

 

Four of the wards where the hubs will be established are existing pilot areas for Participatory Budgeting, focusing on themes to address poverty and inequality: Calton (child poverty); Canal (income/employment deprivation); Greater Pollok (young people); and Pollokshields (BME communities).

 

Two specific examples as to how these community hubs will host a range of uses that meet local needs while supporting regeneration can be found in Baillieston and Drumchapel: in Baillieston, the council has a long-standing commitment to deliver new sports facilities in James Lindsay Park, which will be supported by an additional £6.5million. This presents the opportunity to co-locate/co-create other services relevant to the needs of the local community, while in Drumchapel, the decision on where best to locate the hub will be informed by how local commercial, community and housing needs can be aligned with the aspirations and needs of the community and partner organisation based there.

 

There will also be ongoing work to identify locations for future community hubs in other areas in Glasgow as part of the council’s Property and Land Strategy.  This strategy is a first of its kind in the city, and aims to make the best possible use of the council’s property and land, working with local communities and organisations to co-design and co-produce services relevant to their needs and priorities.

 

The council has taken ownership of the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub, and will soon begin engaging with the local community on both the best use/s for the building and who will deliver its operation and management.

 

Councillor Greg Hepburn, Chair of Glasgow City Council’s Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm City Policy Committee, said: “These proposals would deliver a new model of community service provision that best meets the needs and convenience of Glaswegians, bringing local services together into one accessible space.  This £20m investment will be the first stage in transforming how people access these services in Glasgow, and the new community hubs will play a key role in regenerating the six areas identified – as well as providing a sustainable future for the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub.  Future hubs in other parts of the city will play a similar role in bringing these social and economic benefits all across Glasgow.”

 

The proposals for the community hubs have been informed by Glasgow City Council’s Property and Land Strategy, and more detail about the strategy can be found here: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/Councillorsandcommittees/viewSelectedDocument.asp?c=P62AFQDN0GT10G81DN.

 

The proposals will be considered for approval by the council’s City Administration Committee at a later date

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Council told of £25million plans to transform Custom House Quay on the Clyde

Glasgow City Council was today (4 June) given an update on £25million proposals to use Glasgow City Region City Deal funding to transform Custom House Quay, which sits on the north bank of the Clyde in the city centre between Victoria Bridge and Glasgow Bridge.

 

Custom House Quay is the City Centre’s main frontage to the River Clyde but it does not currently make the contribution it should towards the council’s aspiration for a multifunctional and vibrant waterfront.  Concerns about the structural integrity of the quay wall mean that use of this section of the waterfront for large scale events is discouraged and a lack of attractions means that the area does not benefit from footfall, particularly in the evening.

 

It is proposed that City Deal funding of approximately £25million is used to fund the construction of a re-aligned quay wall and provision of development platforms within a high quality public realm setting, enhancing pedestrian and cycle connectivity along the waterfront.

 

Initial feasibility work has demonstrated that the construction of a new quay wall 20 metres into the river enables the site to accommodate a mixed-use development which retains public access along the river edge and delivers significant public spaces at the axis with Dixon Street and in front of St Andrew’s RC Cathedral.

 

A mix of residential, hotel and commercial uses with active ground floor uses such as bars and restaurants will generate footfall and offer the level of passive surveillance necessary to ensure the area achieves its full potential as an attractive waterfront destination for Glasgow’s citizens and visitors to the area.

 

Soft market-testing indicated significant developer interest on Custom House Quay as a development opportunity.  The redevelopment of this site would be expected to act as a catalyst for other regeneration projects on the Clyde.

 

The council recently consulted on the Strategic Development Framework for the River Clyde, which aims to reposition the river corridor as a vibrant and multi-functional part of Glasgow.  These plans are being supported through just over £50million of Glasgow City Region City Deal funding that has been allocated for investment in quay walls on the Clyde between the city centre and the Riverside Museum.

 

This particular City Deal funding has four specific aims: addressing the structural integrity of quay walls; enhancing pedestrian and cycle connectivity along the waterfront; unlocking the development potential of vacant and derelict land close to the waterfront; and bringing greater vibrancy to the river and its banks.

 

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet, said: “Custom House Quay is very important both in terms of its location on the riverside in the city centre, close to Buchanan Street and St Enoch Square, and as an attractive development opportunity.  Glasgow City Region City Deal funding means that its redevelopment can now take place.  Investment in strategic sites on the Clyde is currently taking place at Glasgow Harbour and at Tradeston with the Barclays campus, and the development of Custom House Quay would be another step towards realising the full potential of the waterfront.”

 

A previous residential-led plan to develop this site did not happen due to changing market conditions, and the cost of a new quay wall meant the project was not commercially viable.

 

Next steps for this planned transformation will be the development of design for the proposal and the submission of an application – supported by a masterplan – for planning permission in principle.  Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2022 with completion in Spring 2024.

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Glasgow premises set to raise the bar

Best Bar None Glasgow, the annual awards initiative which recognise best practice among the licensed trade, is on the look out for more recruits.

The annual accolades have become the industry event of the year, attracting landlords, licensees and staff from premises all over the city.

Registration for 2019’s Best Bar None Glasgow is open and licensees are invited to apply before Friday, 28 June at www.bbnglasgow.com.

Best Bar None Glasgow was Scotland’s first trade initiative of its kind when it launched in 2005 and has now been replicated across the country.

Last year’s event lead to 98 Glasgow venues receiving awards – 85 Gold, 11 Silver, and 2 Bronze.

Lise Fisher from Glasgow City Council, which runs the Best Bar None Glasgow scheme, said: “Glasgow is home to some of the most professional and commercially ambitious licensed premises in the UK. Being a Best Bar None member is an increasingly popular way for licensees to demonstrate the work they do and the steps they take to make the city’s social scene safe and enjoyable.

“This initiative is about recognising professionalism and good practice among the city’s licensed trade, based on the principles of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. Being a Best Bar None venue helps the public identify premises which are doing outstanding work.”

Organisers of the Best Bar None Glasgow scheme arrange and deliver events and training seminars to Best Bar None members in the lead up to the awards ceremony in November. This year it will host the second Conference for Licensees which is open to both BBN and non BBN members and takes place on Wednesday, 28 August at the Radisson Hotel.

Licensees who are interested in becoming a Best Bar None member are urged to register before Friday, 28 June.  Visit www.bbnglasgow.com or alternatively they can call Louise McMonagle on (0141) 276 7552.

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Proposals for regeneration of St Enoch District announced by Council

Glasgow City Council today (13 June) presented proposals for the regeneration of the St Enoch district in the city centre, and also approved a public consultation on the proposals, which will begin tomorrow and last for 12 weeks.

 

Some of these proposals include the creation of a River Park along both banks of the Clyde; the development of more green and public spaces; establishing a lively waterfront district that both attracts more people to live there and increases the vibrancy of the city centre; a better connected district with an increased active travel network and less congestion; improving the area around Argyle Street Station; and more night-time economy attractions.

 

The St Enoch district is one of nine districts identified in the council’s City Centre Strategy, and is the third – after Sauchiehall/Garnethill and the Broomielaw – to commence a consultation on the best way to take forward its future development.

 

This district is seen as a diverse, dynamic and distinctive city quarter with connections to the wider city centre and communities on the south banks of the Clyde, with gaps that present potential for mixed-used development that includes a residential component.  It forms the main frontage to the Clyde in the city centre, and will benefit from the Glasgow City Region City Deal Avenues project.

 

The St Enoch District Regeneration Framework (SEDRF) has been developed collaboratively by a multi-disciplinary team led by Austin-Smith:Lord and MVRDV, who worked with local residents and businesses, stakeholders and other organisations.  The consultation period will offer further opportunity for local parties to input to this process and comment on the proposals.  The final SEDRF and Action Plan will be produced after the consultation period has concluded on 9 August 2019.

 

A number of strategic themes have been developed for the St Enoch District Regeneration Framework and associated draft action plan:

 

  • (Y)our River Park: this is a proposal to create a world-class linear public space along both banks of the River Clyde. This continuous urban park would transform the river, kick-start development and become a key destination and attraction in the city centre. The aim is to create a quality urban park characterised by water, green and public spaces activated by event and play spaces, recreation and cultural activity for all ages in all seasons, all weather, all day, for all Glaswegians and visitors;

 

  • (Y)our Great Buildings: this theme promotes actions to respect Glasgow’s historic built heritage with the highest quality contemporary design. Clear guidance about the desired qualities of new design will assist development, and the SEDRF promotes the development of character-specific areas with an emphasis on pedestrian and cyclist accessibility;

 

  • (Y)our Great Streets and Spaces: this theme seeks to respond to the car and bus dominated character of the district and address the shortage of quality green and public spaces. Broken connections and gaps in the urban form need to be addressed throughout the district and investment in public spaces and the physical environment is essential. It also focuses on connection and re-connection to further develop the diverse and distinctive character in the SEDRF;

 

  • (Y)our Updated Mobility: this incorporates proposals to enhance the city centre’s public transport and active travel networks to create a sustainable, walkable city, and will include a review of the City Centre Transport Strategy in the context of the SEDRF objectives and the recommendations of the Connectivity Commission;

 

  • (Y)our Vibrant St Enoch: this theme proposes the establishment of an attractive mixed-use riverfront district and a significant uplift in the residential population so that the city centre becomes more lively, with more night-time economy, more viable amenities, better connections to the existing cultural and creative infrastructure  and a more sustainable, walkable and activated district; and

 

  • Y)our Transforming St Enoch: this focuses on the creation of agile policies and shared objectives to attract investment, secure funding and foster collaborative working in the district. Transforming this district cannot however be delivered by the Council alone; this must be a truly collaborative partnership between all stakeholders. Despite the lack of public ownership, GCC will look to identify and work with partners to develop masterplan strategies for both sides of the river.

 

Council leader Susan Aitken said: “The St Enoch District is one of the most historic in our city centre, but its true potential just hasn’t been realised.  However, these new proposals – which reconnect the community with the River Clyde – have the potential to absolutely transform how people see St Enoch as a place to live, work and socialise.  We have worked closely with residents and businesses to bring them together and, over the next couple of months, everyone with an interest in the area will have another opportunity to get involved and let us know what they want for St Enoch.”

 

Those wishing to take part in the SEDRF consultation can – lasting 12 weeks from 14 June – can do so by visiting Glasgow City Council’s Consultation Hub at: https://www.glasgowconsult.co.uk/KMS/dmart.aspx?strTab=PublicDMartCurrent&NoIP=1, or by email or post.

 

After this period, the SEDRF and its Action Plan will be brought back to the council’s City Administration Committee for formal approval.

 

The draft St Enoch District Regeneration Framework can be found at: https://glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=45485&p=0(summary) or (full report) at: https://glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=45486&p=0.

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Three Space for Growth Hubs to be established in Glasgow

Three Space for Growth hubs were today approved by Glasgow City Council today (13 June) – providing affordable space from which local social enterprises and community-based organisations can operate to provide social and economic benefit for the city.

 

Space for Growth hubs are part of the council’s wider Space for Growth strategy, which aims to help and develop start-up businesses, social enterprises, community groups and creative organisations, creating jobs and supporting inclusive economic growth across Glasgow.  £275,000 from the council’s Community Asset Fund will support fit-out requirements for the three hubs.

 

The hubs are to be established in Easterhouse (Westwood Business Centre), Greater Pollok (SWAMP, 25-31 Brockburn Road) and Partick (Partick Burgh Hall).  In Westwood Business Centre, Jobs and Business Glasgow will be the lead tenant in that hub, withSouth West Arts and Music Project and Glasgow Life lead tenants in Greater Pollok and Partick respectively.

 

These three locations were chosen after representatives from Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and City Property considered suitable/available accommodation and demand, engaged with Third Sector and social enterprise networks and agreed on the best operating model for multi-occupancy hubs.

 

Councillor Angus Millar, Depute City Convener for Inclusive Economic Growth at Glasgow City Council, said: “Space For Growth Hubs will support Glaswegian social enterprises and community organisations by giving them affordable space to grow, create jobs and make a positive impact in local communities. Bringing organisations together under Space for Growth presents an opportunity to maximise the social and economic benefit social enterprises and community groups can bring by working together, and ensures we are making better, positive use of buildings and assets owned by the Glasgow City Council family.”

 

There is interest in the development of other Space For Growth hubs in the city, and this will be considered as the council’s Property and Land Strategy is rolled-out. The Kinning Park Complex, a well-established social enterprise has expressed an interest in working (as head tenant) with the council to support local community organisations and social enterprises by making affordable space available.

 

The wider Space For Growth strategy has other areas of activity beyond the hubs which support its aims, and first of these is the Community Business Boost, which supports new and expanding local businesses locating in the four highest SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) areas in the city by offering part-funding towards the cost of premises over a two-year period.  Seven companies have been supported to date.

 

Another area of the strategy is the Meanwhile Space programme, where interim or temporary use of a property or piece of land can be made until such a time as the property/land can be brought back to more permanent use.  This type of use adds to the vitality of city and town centres, increasing footfall and supporting start-ups and growing businesses. 11 units in the High Street and Saltmarket area were identified as suitable locations, and the first – New Glasgow Society, an art gallery – moved in on 21 May, with the other tenants, primarily from the creative sector, expected to move in over the next few weeks.

 

The final area of the strategy is the Glasgow Business Step Up, which makes vacant City Property units available to start-up businesses at affordable rates to give them space and time to establish themselves and grow.  This particular programme is available to start-ups who can show that they are viable and will bring extra jobs to local communities while not displacing existing local businesses.

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Council approves plans for its Property and Land strategy, and first phase of Community Hubs

Glasgow City Council today (13 June) approved the Built Heritage, Community Asset, Vacant and Derelict Land Asset Plans underpinning the Council’s Property and Land Strategy, and also gave the green light to proposals for the £20million first phase of Community Hubs across the city.

 

Earlier this year, the council approved its Property and Land Strategy, put in place to ensure the council makes the best use of its substantial estate, the biggest in Glasgow with more than 1,000 operational properties.

 

These three asset plans will support this strategy, with the Community Asset Plan reflecting the council’s commitment to the greater involvement and empowerment of Glaswegians, the Built Heritage Plan providing a consistent and considered approach to the stewardship of the council’s built heritage, and the Vacant and Derelict Land Plan addressing the potential blight, cost and missed opportunity that vacant and derelict properties and land can represent for both the council and the city.

 

To deliver Asset Plan objectives, work will now progress to establish what resources are required, targets to be set and the identification of initial priorities for action, communications and engagement arrangements with communities.

 

The first phase of the city’s Community Hubs is a £20million project which will see the development of six hubs acting as single locations from which multiple council and partner services will be accessed and delivered.  These hubs will be in the Bailieston, Calton, Canal, Drumchapel/Anniesland, Greater Pollok and Pollokshields wards.

 

Alongside this first phase, work will be ongoing to consider what further opportunities exist to establish community hubs in other areas of Glasgow as part of the wider implementation of the council’s Property and Land strategy.

 

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The approval of these asset plans is an important step in delivering the council’s Property and Land Strategy, leading to better use of our estate and the regeneration of areas across the city.  The strategy also means that the people of the city will have a greater and closer role in how council and partner services are delivered, and the establishment of the first phase of Community Hubs in Glasgow is a great example of this.  We can all look forward to the social and economic benefits that the hubs will bring.”

 

Glasgow City Council’s Property and Land Strategy is available here: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/Councillorsandcommittees/viewSelectedDocument.asp?c=P62AFQDN0GT10G81DN.