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Independent public hearings on match day parking plans to be held


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.


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”.

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Transport Secretary visits Glasgow for the Launch of Scotland’s First Low Emission Zone

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Representatives of major bus operators were joined today (20 December 2018) by Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson and Councillor Anna Richardson (City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction) at Buchanan Bus Station, to mark the first phase of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone, which comes into effect at 23:59 on 31 December 2018.

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Buses operated by Stagecoach, First Glasgow and McGill’s which already meet the cleaner, Euro VI emission standard required of Glasgow’s LEZ, were also on display at the bus station.


Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “I’m delighted that Glasgow City Council has delivered this milestone moment as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving air quality.


“We committed to introducing Low Emission Zones into Scotland’s four biggest cities between 2018 and 2020. Glasgow City Council and Transport Scotland have been working tirelessly, in partnership with the bus industry to deliver Scotland’s first zone which responds to the particular air quality challenges faced in Glasgow city centre.


“This is incredibly important for the oldest and youngest in our society and those with existing cardiovascular or respiratory conditions – but is also relevant to all of us who wish to enjoy cleaner air and less polluting emissions.


“We have provided over £10m pounds in 2018 to assist with local authority delivery and the costs associated with bus retrofit technology. We will continue to support local authorities and the bus industry in delivering transformative steps to improve the quality of our air in places that we live, work and visit.”


Cllr Anna Richardson said; “Delivering cleaner air is a priority for our city and I’m delighted that Glasgow is leading the way by introducing the first Low Emission Zone in Scotland.


“It’s heartening to know of the clear commitment of bus operators towards improving air quality and today has been a wonderful opportunity to see their investment in cleaner vehicles that meet the strict emission standards required by Glasgow’s LEZ.


“The council has worked closely with bus operators to get to where we are today and we’ll continue to work in partnership to improve services that are vital to the lives of Glaswegians.”


“Glasgow’s LEZ will initially only affect local service buses but by the end of 2022, its emission standards will apply to all vehicles entering the zone. This pragmatic and phased approach looks at the city’s overall needs and will ensure there’s no detriment to peoples’ lives, businesses and the vitality of our city centre.”


Paul White, Deputy Director of CPT Scotland said; “Buses are very much part of the sustainable and active transport solution to Glasgow’s LEZ and can help achieve the Government’s climate change targets. One bus can replace up to 75 car journeys, reducing congestion and improving air quality.


“We welcome Glasgow’s commitment to working in partnership with bus operators. The bus industry will continue to invest in modern, greener vehicles.  If the Council is able to provide an operating environment that prioritises public transport then we can maximise the benefits of this investment for the people of Glasgow.”


The Scottish Government has pledged to introduce Low Emission Zones into Scotland’s four biggest cities; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee between 2018 and 2020. These actions are based on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2017/18 commitments.


Glasgow’s LEZ will initially apply to local service buses before being extended to all vehicle types by the end of 2022. The emission standards will be Euro 6/VI for diesel vehicles and Euro 4 for petrol vehicles. When the LEZ comes into effect at the end of this year, 20% of bus journeys (per operator) must comply with the strict emission standards, rising incrementally to 100% of journeys by the end of 2022.

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Low Emission Zone Indicative Signage Installed in Glasgow City Centre

Cllr Richardson on Crown St

With Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone set to be introduced at the end of this month – indicative signage that will raise awareness of the LEZ boundary has been installed at key city centre locations.

Cllr Richardson on Crown St

The prominent LEZ signs are positioned on the main approach routes into the city centre to maximise visibility.


The introduction of Glasgow’s city centre LEZ will be phased in from 31 December 2018, initially affecting local service buses only. By the end of 2022 however, all vehicles wishing to enter the LEZ must meet the strict emission requirements.


Whilst the city centre zone can be described as the area bounded by the M8, River Clyde and High Street/Saltmarket, the actual boundary of the LEZ second phase will be determined following detailed transport modelling. The positioning of the signs therefore is advisory and their installation intended to raise public consciousness well in advance of December 2022.


Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction said; “Our Low Emission Zone will reduce pollution from road traffic and improve air quality, making our city centre a healthier, cleaner and more pleasant place to live, work and visit.


“It’s important to raise awareness and so we’ve installed indicative signage so we can highlight to motorists and others that they’re heading towards Glasgow’s LEZ.


“Whilst it’ll be another four years before the emission standards required to enter our LEZ will apply to all vehicles, we want to raise awareness early to ensure that everyone is informed and has time to prepare.”


“The success of the LEZ depends on us getting our message out there as soon as possible and so we’ll continue to engage with individuals and businesses in the run up to the end of 2022. I’m also encouraging people to find out more about Glasgow’s LEZ and how it might affect them by visiting our dedicated webpages, the details of which are prominently displayed on the signs.”


“There’s a continuing programme of publicity, public engagement and events to ensure that everyone potentially affected will know about Glasgow’s LEZ well in advance and have the chance to plan ahead.”


More information about Glasgow’s LEZ can be found at www.glasgow.gov.uk/LEZ


National information on Scotland’s Low Emission Zones can be found at www.lowemissionzones.scot

The sign locations are:


Site 1 – Gorbals St approaching Victoria Br (entry to court at ped crossing west side)

Site 2 – Crown St approaching Albert Br (grass on east side)

Site 3 – London Rd north side (over north footway)

Site 4 – Stirling Road (grass on east side at motorway off ramp before Glebe St)

Site 5 – Cambridge St (east side at car park frontage)

Site 6 – Bothwell St after M8 off ramp over footway

Site 7 – Broomielaw (north side east of Washington St over footway)

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Cabinet Secretary for Transport visits Glasgow for the Launch of Scotland’s First Low Emission Zone

buchanan bus station

The Scottish Government has committed to introduce Low Emission Zones into Scotland’s four biggest cities: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee between 2018 and 2020. These actions are based on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2017/18 commitments.

 buchanan bus station

Glasgow is leading the way and will introduce Scotland’s first LEZ on 31 December 2018.  To give individuals and businesses time to prepare, the LEZ is being introduced in phases, starting with local service buses.  By 31 December 2022 however, the strict vehicle emission standards required to enter the LEZ will apply to all vehicles.


The launch photocall is a chance to see a range of LEZ compliant buses and to hear from the Cabinet Secretary, Councillor Anna Richardson and the main city centre bus operators.


This will be the main media event in respect of the LEZ launch and thus there is also the opportunity to capture content that can be used at the end of the year when the LEZ comes into effect.


More information about Glasgow’s LEZ can be found at www.glasgow.gov.uk/LEZ


National information on Scotland’s Low Emission Zones can be found at www.lowemissionzones.scot

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Council Awarded £3m from Sustrans Scotland Community Links Programme


The council has successfully secured £3m from Sustrans Scotland Community Links, a programme which funds infrastructure projects that make it easier for people to walk and cycle for everyday journeys.


Funded by Transport Scotland, the Sustrans Scotland Community Links programme has funded hundreds of projects across Scotland since 2010.


The Community Links funding was awarded today for three council infrastructure plans which specifically focus on connectivity, city centre transformation and improving the attractiveness and accessibility of our neighbourhoods.


The three inter-related projects will significantly shape our future transport network, active travel choices, the liveability of our neighbourhoods, and the cultural vibrancy, sustainability and inclusive economic growth of our city centre.


Cllr Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction said; “The Connectivity Commission has set out clear recommendations to improve transport in our city, and we agree that we must be bold in our ambitions.


“Without strategic thinking in our city centre we will not unlock the potential for inclusive economic growth and increased city centre living that Glasgow needs.

“We also acknowledge that we must look even further than the recommendations of the Commission, to tackle the transport needs of all our communities, and improve connectivity across every neighbourhood in Glasgow.

“That’s why I’m delighted to announce that with an investment of £3 million of Scottish Government funding in partnership with Sustrans, we’ll be able to start work on these three significant projects.


“We’ll develop an overarching transport strategy for Glasgow with sustainability at its heart, as well as setting out how we’ll transform movement around the city centre and address many of the challenges we’ve been set by the Connectivity Commission.


“We’ll also produce a Liveable Neighbourhoods Plan, a blueprint for improving every neighbourhood in the city through a range of interventions to make them more pleasant places for people to live, work and play.

“Over the next 18 months, through these projects, we’ll set out our 10 year vision for a transport system that will address inequality, connectivity and climate change.”

The development of these three plans will ensure a more sustainable, healthy, liveable, connected and inclusive thriving Glasgow for all.

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Work begins on public realm project in Govan


Work has today (3 December) begun on a £750,000 public realm improvement project within Central Govan which will be funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal and Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative.


Through the work, the public realm will be enhanced at and around the entrance to the Govan Old church and adjacent to the Pearce Institute and Govan War Memorial, as well as on Pearce Lane, Burleigh Street and Langlands Road connecting to Langlands Path.  Both Govan Old and the Pearce Institute are Category A listed buildings.


The improvements to the public realm will link to the forthcoming Govan – Partick bridge, and will be a key link in the proposed active travel network running between Byres Road and the University of Glasgow over to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.


These links underline Govan’s place at the centre of the proposed Waterfront and West End Innovation District, and this work is the first City Deal funded project to be delivered in Govan.


The work will also play a key role in protecting and promoting the heritage of the area, marking the first stage of exciting development proposals that will safeguard the future of the Govan Old church, improving access, enhancing visitor numbers and attracting businesses.


Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, said: “Communities across Glasgow, not least Govan, stand on the cusp of significant transformation thanks to City Deal investment. This public realm investment does a number of things; it protects the heritage of a historic area, improves the very fabric of the heart of Govan and puts in place the building blocks so it is ready to thrive from plans to make Govan a more desirable location for innovate and creative businesses and workers, not least the new bridge to Partick. In short, it makes Govan a more attractive place for its residents and those doing business there.”


The work is due to finish in May 2019.


Detail on the Innovation District between Byres Road/University of Glasgow/Queen Elizabeth University Hospital can be found at: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=20034.

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Tis The Season To Stay Safe

Nitezones Ad 2018

Party goers in Glasgow are being urged to plan-ahead this festive season to make sure they have a perfect end to a perfect night.

Nitezones Ad 2018

As hundreds of thousands of people are drawn to the city’s top quality bars, clubs, pubs and restaurants to celebrate the festive period to the full, Community Safety Glasgow’s Party Safe, Home Safe initiative encourages people to think ahead and organise your journey home in advance.

Glasgow’s bustling nightlife will be busier than ever as will buses, trains and demand for taxis.

Bailie Glenn Elder, Chair of the Safe Glasgow Group, is urging people to enjoy themselves throughout the party season but to stay safe.

He said: “As one of the largest cities in the UK, it’s of utmost importance to us that people not only enjoy themselves on a night out in Glasgow but they do so safely.

“Planning your journey home is also just as important.  Demand for taxis and public transport is exceptionally high so it’s a good idea to know the time of your last bus or train.

“Alternatively, we have six Nitezones located around the city centre, where Home Safe Marshalls staff the taxi ranks and help keep the queues in order.

Bailie Elder added: “There are a number of Nitezones in the city centre and also in the West end and south side, operating extended hours during the festive period weekends.

“There will also be Volunteer Street Pastors, Police Officers and staff from Community Safety Glasgow out patrolling the city centre to offer help and assistance to anyone in need.

“We want everyone to enjoy themselves throughout the party season, but to stay safe. And in a city which boasts 98 award-winning Best Bar None venues where staff and stewards are trained in customer safety, you know you’re in good hands.”

The city’s six Nitezones can be found at:

Albion Street (outside Café Gandolfi)

Byres Road (next to Hillhead Subway)

George Street (outside Millennium Hotel)

Gordon Street (outside Central Station)

Sauchiehall Street (adjacent to The Garage Nightclub)

Shawlands (Pollokshaws Road adjacent to The Butterfly and the Pig)

Nitezones operate from 11pm to 5am during the festive period weekends with the exception of Shawlands and Byres Road which both operate 11pm – 4am and 11pm – 3am respectively.

Glasgow Street Pastors operate a Safe Zone in the former St George’s Tron Church on a Friday and Saturday night during the festive period, where free assistance will also be available for more info see https://gsp.scot/

Watch Festive Safety video at https://vimeo.com/300511750 and for more information visit www.bbnglasgow.com for details and links to Best Bar None Glasgow venues.

Glasgow Festive Safety campaign is a partnership involving Glasgow City Council’s Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Police Scotland, Community Safety Glasgow, Glasgow Street Pastors, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Network Rail, British Transport Police and Glasgow Taxis.

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British Heart Foundation Scotland Shows Support for Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone

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With only one month to go before Glasgow introduces Scotland’s first Low Emission Zone, Councillor Anna Richardson, Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction has visited the British Heart Foundation’s Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Edinburgh to hear how LEZs can help to tackle air pollution and bring about health benefits.

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During her visit to the Centre, Councillor Richardson met BHF Professor David Newby and Dr Mark Miller to hear details about their research around air pollution.   Councillor Richardson was also given a tour of the Clinical Research Facility and the Mobile Ambient Particle Concentrator Exposure Laboratory (MAPCEL) Unit which has been used by the BHF team to establish a link between areas of high pollution and heart attacks, and cardiovascular disease.

Councillor Anna Richardson said; “I was delighted to visit the British Heart Foundation’s Centre of Research Excellence and it’s been fascinating to hear more about their research and speak with their pioneering scientists.

“Air pollution is detrimental to our health and we know it disproportionately affects the more vulnerable members of our society. Delivering cleaner air is therefore a priority for Glasgow and we’re forging towards that by introducing Scotland’s first Low Emission Zone by the end of the year.

“By only permitting access to vehicles that meet strict exhaust emission standards, Glasgow’s LEZ will help to reduce air pollution in our city centre, making it a healthier and more pleasant place to live, work and visit”.

Daniel Jones, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, BHF Scotland, said:  “BHF Scotland is delighted that Glasgow City Council will deliver a Low Emission Zone in Glasgow by the end of the year.

“Low Emission Zones have been shown to reduce particulate emissions, and international evidence has demonstrated that they have the potential to tackle poor air quality in a specific and set location.

“In view of this evidence, BHF Scotland has long supported the introduction of Low Emission Zones in Scotland, with the aim of tackling air pollution across the country, and it is great to see that Glasgow is leading the way as the first local authority in Scotland to bring in a Low Emission Zone.

“The introduction of Low Emission Zones across the worst polluted locations in Scotland has the potential to tackle the issue of air pollution to bring about real health benefits for local people, and we look forward to further Low Emission Zones being established over the next few years in Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen.”

Low Emission Zones will be introduced in Scotland’s four biggest cities between 2018 and 2020. Glasgow’s LEZ will be phased in from 31 December 2018 and will initially affect local service buses only.  By 31 December 2022 however, the strict vehicle emission standards required by the LEZ will apply to all vehicles wishing to enter the city centre zone.

Pictured outside the Mobile Ambient Particle Concentrator Exposure Laboratory (MAPCEL) Unit at the University of Edinburgh, Centre for Cardiovascular Science, are (L-R) Dr Anoop Shah, Professor David Newby and Dr Mark Miller (all of the BHF Centre of Research Excellence, University of Edinburgh), Councillor Anna Richardson (Glasgow City Council), David McColgan and Daniel Jones (both of BHF Scotland) and Daan Leseman (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands)

More information about Glasgow’s LEZ can be found at www.glasgow.gov.uk/LEZ

For the national picture, visit www.lowemissionzones.scot

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Council approves acceptance of Heritage Lottery Fund award for canal project


Glasgow City Council today approved the release of £35,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Great Place funding to Scottish Canals for partnership activity as part of the project.


This funding is for the development of a Cultural Heritage Arts Strategy for the canal area in Glasgow, as part of a wider HLF Great Places project with almost £520,000 funding from the HLF, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals, Test Unit and the Tourism Development Destination Fund.


The wider project will include:


  • Support for the growth of the Glasgow Canal Festival and fringe heritage events;
  • The production of a cultural heritage arts strategy;
  • Delivery of a volunteer and training programme to provide education and qualifications for local people;
  • A local communities ideas programme and a digital competition to engage communities with the local heritage of the canal;
  • A stalled space heritage programme along the banks of the canal; and
  • Providing a platform for professionals and universities to explore new ideas to stimulate inclusive economic growth on and close to the canal.


    The £35,000 funding will be allocated to Scottish Canals to support the delivery of the wider HLF Great Places project at the canal, which will see the heritage of the area embedded in local plans and decision-making.


Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “While we have seen regeneration activity along the banks of the canal in recent years, investment such as this from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the other project partners can help us move on to the next stage of its development, bringing even more benefits to local communities.  Using the heritage of this historic part of Glasgow is a great way to engage with both local people and organisations and those from further afield in order to show them the fantastic attractions and potential of this emerging city quarter.”

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Glasgow to become Scotland’s first HIV Fast Track City


Glasgow is to be the first city in Scotland to become a HIV Fast Track city.

The council’s City Administration Committee (CAC) today (Thursday, 29 November) agreed to sign Glasgow up to the Fast Track Cities initiative – a global partnership which aims to help end the threat of AIDS by 2030.


Launched on Worlds Aid Day 2014, the Fast Track Cities initiative is a global alliance between a network of cities with high HIV rates and four core partners – International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC); the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Paris.

It aims to build upon, strengthen and leverage existing HIV programs and resources to accelerate locally co-ordinated, city-wide responses to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

Becoming a fast track city means Glasgow will strive to deliver the UN’s 90:90:90 HIV targets. These are to have 90% of people living with HIV know their status; to have 90% of people with HIV on treatment and to have 90% of people on treatment with suppressed viral loads.

To achieve this, an implementation plan will be put in place, including the setting up of a Leadership group made up of key partners and organisations as well as representatives of the community living with or at risk of HIV.

Chaired by Councillor Mhairi Hunter, City Convener for Health and Social Care Integration, the group will run a city wide service gap analysis and then work on an implementation plan to fill any gaps and make use of the global resources that being a fast track city would open Glasgow up to.

Although an accurate figure for the number of people living in Glasgow with HIV is not available, it’s estimated that 83% of people living with HIV know their status and 94% of people diagnosed with HIV are on treatment, with 93% treatment with suppressed viral loads.

Cllr Hunter said: “Joining the Fast Track Cities initiative allows us the opportunity to not only prevent the increase in HIV drug users in Glasgow but to stop preventable deaths from HIV-related causes from occurring.

“While Glasgow’s figures are encouraging, we can’t be complacent. Supporting individuals with HIV and reaching those identified as being more at risk of contracting the disease in the first place is one of the many ways we aim to end new HIV infections by 2030.

“Along with NHSGGC, we offer a number of services for AIDS related victims including rehab, community-based social care workers and nurses, a street-based team and an outreach service. We also run a significant number of needle exchanges that look to mitigate the risk of the unsafe practice of using and reusing dirty needles.”

Nathan Sparling, Interim Chief Executive of HIV Scotland, said: “This shows that Glasgow City Council is committed to reducing HIV stigma, and completely eradicating HIV transmission in the city by 2030. This is an ambitious, but achievable target, that requires all partners to work together to implement the Fast-Track Cities initiative.

“People living with HIV who are on effective treatment can live a long and healthy life, and most importantly can’t pass HIV on to others. We need to ensure testing is easily accessible to all so that those who do not know they are HIV positive can access care and treatment.

“With a prevention toolkit of PrEP, treatment, condoms and testing, we can make real strides towards ending new infections. Ahead of World AIDS Day, that’s an important commitment to make, as we pause to reflect on 30 years of the epidemic, and now commit to redouble our efforts to end it.”

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