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A PLAN to reconnect Glasgow’s left behind communities and rejuvenate the city centre has been launched by the independent Glasgow Connectivity Commission.


In a wide-ranging set of recommendations, the Commission, chaired by transport expert Professor David Begg, called for radical action to bridge the connectivity gap separating areas of the city which were thriving from those which suffered from transport isolation and lack of opportunity.

It included proposals which would pave the way for the biggest reconstitution of the city centre streetscape in nearly half a century, giving greater priority to pedestrians and allowing for the creation of public spaces “worthy of a great European city”.

Its key recommendations include:

  • A strategic repurposing of the city centre road network to prioritise pedestrians and people-friendly public spaces and better separate different modes of transport by replacing the existing inefficient grid system with a “smart grid”
  • The acceleration of the Avenues project and its extension into other parts of the city centre such as George Square, Argyle Street, Cathedral Street and the High Street
  • Greater use of car parks and bus terminals in order to reduce the number of vehicles in the city centre
  • Bus priority measures and service improvements to reverse the decline in patronage and drive 25% passenger growth over five years
  • Glasgow City Council should use powers in the Scottish Transport Bill to regulate bus services if a partnership approach doesn’t deliver this level of growth
  • Local authorities in Scotland should be given the powers in the Scottish Transport Bill to introduce non-residential parking charges, covering both workplace and retail parking
  • Glasgow City Council should propose the transport projects that could be funded from this revenue stream and assess the economic, social and environmental case for using these powers
  • A particular emphasis should be placed on supporting city centre retail at a time when it is under increasing pressure
  • Better monitoring of city traffic volumes and speeds in order to better assess the merits of introducing a congestion charge
  • Glasgow City Council should lead by example and review whether council workers should be given free or subsidised car parking

The Glasgow Connectivity Commission was established last November by Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken and asked to provide independent recommendations on improving Glasgow’s connectivity.

In June, it published interim findings showing that Glasgow, in comparison to similar successful European cities, had a far higher proportion of its city centre used by roads, low urban population density, a dramatic decline in bus use and gaps in its fixed rail network.

The report published today is the first of two containing recommendations aimed at addressing these issues and will cover areas under the control of the council including bus use, roads, planning and active travel measures.

A second report will be published early next year which will address issues outwith the control of the council including development of the rail network, strategic road network and governance of transport planning.

Speaking at the launch of the phase one report today, Professor Begg invited Glasgow City Council to identify within six months how it planned to respond to the Commission’s recommendations.

He said: “I’d like to thank Susan Aitken for establishing this Commission and asking us to provide robust and independent advice on the connectivity issues Glasgow faces.

“Glasgow is a great European city and the economic powerhouse of Scotland. But not all of its citizens are connected to the opportunities the city provides – which is placing a barrier on its growth potential.

“And its streets, particularly in the city centre, do not offer an experience worthy of a great European city, the consequence of decades of planning decisions which have prioritised car use of pedestrians and denuded its public spaces.

“The recommendations included in this report offer an opportunity to radically transform Glasgow’s city centre – ensuring it becomes an attractive place to live, work, visit and invest – while better connecting all its citizens so as to deliver inclusive growth.

“We have built on the very positive work already being undertaken by Glasgow City Council such as the Avenues project, Low Emission Zone, cycling schemes and recently formed bus partnership. But an incremental approach to these is not enough. Now is the time for radical action.”


Ambassador Homes offer best of both worlds at Millburn Gardens, Clackmannan

Millburn Gardens, Clackmannan from Ambassador Homes - Nov 2018

Ambassador Homes is appealing to those looking for a new home in a picturesque location but within easy reach of both Glasgow and Edinburgh with its latest community at Millburn Gardens

Millburn Gardens, Clackmannan from Ambassador Homes - Nov 2018

The eye-catching new development from Ambassador Homes features a range of intelligently designed three and four bedroom semi-detached and detached family homes situated within the picturesque, historic village of Clackmannan.

Millburn Gardens provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy life in a picturesque village setting whilst remaining within commuting distance of both Glasgow and Edinburgh with convenient easy access to Scotland’s central road network.

The appeal of the surroundings has been matched by the exclusive collection of bright and airy homes which have been designed to meet the demands of 21st century living.

To allow potential homeowners to experience the appeal of the new community first hand, Ambassador Homes has just opened a Marketing Suite at the development to showcase the range of homes to suit different lifestyles and budgets.

The four-bedroom detached Wallace, which includes an integral garage, has been designed with modern family living in mind. This spacious 4-bedroom house type includes a spacious lounge as well as a family/dining room with bifold doors leading to the garden. The practical side of life has not been overlooked with a utility and WC on the ground floor.

The upper level features four bedrooms with the master including a dressing room and en-suite while the guest bedroom also features an en-suite and fitted wardrobes.

With prices starting from £149,995 for a three-bedroom semi-detached home, the new community is also ideal for those looking to take their first step on the property ladder with Help to Buy available.  The Scottish Government initiative is currently available on homes priced up to £200,000 and buyers need a minimum of 5% deposit with the schemecontributing up to 15% of the purchase price of a new build home.

Gordon Coster of Ambassador Homes, said: “Millburn Gardens offers the ideal mix of highly sought-after homes and a stunning location which is within commuting distance of both Glasgow and Edinburgh.”

“Our experienced team understands the demands of today’s homeowners and all our homes at Millburn Gardens share the same quality of build and design with the combination of traditional style and contemporary fittings and fixtures.  We have ensured every home at Milburn Gardens features a fantastic specification as standard, from bifold doors that let the light flood in, to smart heating, integrated kitchen appliances, Porcelanosa tiles and sanitary ware – we wanted to provide purchasers with an all-encompassing high level of standard specification.”

The first phase of fourteen 3 and 4 bedroom homes is now available to reserve with prices starting at £149,995.  Help to Buy and an Assisted Move scheme are available.

The Millburn Gardens marketing suite is open Thursday to Monday from 10am-5pm.

For further information please visit www.ambassador-homes.co.uk or call an Ambassador Homes Sales Executive on 07889 217 695.


Sixteen Days of Action ahead


Next week marks the start of the annual global campaign – Sixteen Days of Action.

Each year between 25 November and 10 December, organisations across the world raise awareness of the issues relating to violence against women.


In Glasgow, Sixteen Days is coordinated by Community Safety Glasgow.

The first day of the campaign (25 November) is the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and culminates on International Human Rights Day (10 December), recognising that women’s rights are human rights.

The campaign encompasses World Aids Day on 1 December which raises awareness of the numbers of women and children raped in conflict and infected with HIV.

Another significant date is 6 December which remembers the mass murder of 14 female engineering students in 1989 at the University of Montreal.  Following this massacre a group of men came together to add their voice and make their support of women’s equality visible.

This led to the White Ribbon movement being born – and has become the symbol of support for Sixteen Days of Action, which began in 1991.

In 2000, the Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership (GVAWP) was established.  It’s currently co-chaired by Councillors Jen Layden and Jim Coleman.

Councillor Jen Layden, City Convener for Equalities and Human Rights, said: “Violence against women in all its forms is harmful to society as a whole. We want to work towards an equal society where women and children are treated equally with value and respect. We can achieve this by developing greater awareness of the issue and by developing a sense of community responsibility to reduce and eradicate violence against women.”

The city has a strong national and international reputation for the broad range of work being done to support victims and eradicate the attitude that violence against women is ever acceptable.

In 2016 Glasgow was awarded White Ribbon City status in recognition of the work it does to tackle violence against women.

Councillor Jim Coleman added: “Sixteen Days of Action is a global campaign which demonstrates that violence against women isn’t simply about domestic abuse.  And, like many other cities throughout the world, we know that any violence against women in Glasgow is still hidden from public view, and we need to change that.”

As well as the Sixteen Days of Action, Glasgow’s work on violence against women includes the End Prostitution Now campaign, the Routes Out project, the Trafficking Alliance Raising Awareness (TARA) project and ASSIST, the support project linked to Glasgow’s Domestic Abuse Court.

Further information and list of events is available here.


Awards Galore for Glasgow’s Best Bar None


A record number of awards were handed out to Glasgow’s top social venues at this year’s Best Bar None Glasgow Awards.


The annual event which recognise best practice among the licensed trade sector has become the industry event of the year attracting landlords, licensees and staff from venues across the city.

More than 350 representatives attended the awards ceremony at Grand Central Hotel last night (Thursday, 22 November) to hear how their premises had been rated.

Launched in 2005, Best Bar None Glasgow is open to all licensed premises from pubs, clubs, bars, and restaurants to hotels and specialist entertainment venues.

Premises are scored by an independent assessor on the work they do and the steps they take to make the city’s social scene safer.

They are judged on their efforts around the Securing Public Safety, Prevention of Crime and Disorder, Promotion of Public Health and Protecting Children from Harm.

Best Bar None Glasgow was Scotland’s first initiative of its kind.  Run by Community Safety Glasgow on behalf of the Glasgow Alcohol & Drugs Partnership, it has now been replicated across the country.

Now in its 14th year, Best Bar None is leading the way in improving best practice among the licensed trade.

This year saw the highest number of entries with 98 premises receiving an award.  A total of 85 Gold awards were presented along with 11 Silver and two Bronze.

Lise Fisher, Operations Manager at Community Safety Glasgow and co-ordinator of Glasgow’s awards, said: “Year-on-year, the Best Nar None Glasgow awards have grown in size and stature. We had a record number of entries and the highest number of gold awards achieved so far.  This is testament to all the training and hard work being done in premises across the city.”

Overall Gold awards were won by The Garage & The Cathouse (Late Night category); the University of Strathclyde Students Union (Specialist category); Shettleston Juniors (Community Pub category 1); McNabbs (Community Pub category 2); Driftwood (Standard category); Croft Bar & Restaurant (Restaurant category); and Blythswood Square Hotel (Hotel category).

The winner of the People’s Choice award went to 26 Hope Street.  It received the highest number of votes in a public poll.

Lise added: “We had a record number of entrants this year including seven new venues all gaining Gold in their first year.

“That is an amazing achievement and just goes to show that Glasgow really does have the best of the best.

“And that’s what Best Bar None is about – recognising the work the licensed industry does and the steps they take to enhance public safety and customer care in the city.”

Best Bar None Glasgow is a community safety initiative that works to encourage and enhance best practice among the licensed trade and is delivered on behalf of Glasgow Alcohol & Drugs Partnership in partnership with Community Safety Glasgow, the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland and the licensed trade.

The overall winners of Glasgow’s Best Bar None go on to compete in the national awards which are being held in Dunblane next March.


Justice for NI Veterans

justice for northern ireland veterans

Friday is fast approaching so I just wanted to remind you that my ‘Justice for NI Veterans’ demo will take place outside the MOD offices on Brown Street in Glasgow on Fri 23rd Nov at 10.30am.

I currently have 1,133 members in our group which is phenominal, so please give our demo a final big share across social media this week and invite as many of your friends, family, colleagues along to support this very worthwhile cause.
‘Service not self…’

justice for northern ireland veterans
This looks to be the biggest we’ve ever had in Glasgow and what a way to end the year!
“TERRORISTS are freely walking the streets while the Government shamefully launches “a witch hunt” against heroic Northern Ireland war veterans.”
Suzanne Fernando and fellow veterans took to the city’s Armed Forces Career Office at the same time as a major rally took place across the UK.
The Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans (JFNIV) organised the protests in response to a number of recent prosecutions of former soldiers in relation to incidents during the region’s sectarian conflict.
Along with fellow veterans Suzanne Fernando supported the Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans group, by heading to Glasgow to protest against the launching of criminal investigations into historic alleged crimes committed by soldiers on the front line.  The Glasgow event was led by Veteran Suzanne Fernando, as they stood outside the army careers office on Queen Street, there banners reading “Justice for Northern Ireland veterans” were displayed.
In an emotional speech delivered in front of the Army Careers Office, RMP Veteran Suzanne Fernando, said: “These actions by the British Government are a disgrace and a betrayal to those of us who served. No British soldier ever went on patrol with the intention of committing a crime, no British soldier ever placed a bomb in a pub full of innocents and no British soldier ever placed a bomb underneath a police car.  Yet the IRA continue to walk free, where is the justice in that?  I spoke with various reporters, photographers, radio and local labour MP Paul Sweeney , about whats happening to our veterans.
War is a dirty, brutal business, no matter the legal definition you give it, and over nearly 40 years, the troubles in Northern Ireland claimed more than 3,500 lives.  However, of the combatants, for every paramilitary killed two members of the armed forces and security services lost their lives.  And while I mourn the members of our brave forces, I remain unapologetic for the deaths of terrorists, who had criminally taken up arms to force a change the majority in Northern Ireland did not want!  As far as I’m concerned, those who live by the sword, often die by the sword, and that is why it is so disgusting that veterans now face prosecution. But rather than being thanked, veterans today live in fear of a knock at the door to be asked questions about the events of a lifetime ago.  And the odds of being targeted in this post-conflict ‘witch-hunt’ seem to be growing.  I served in the armed forces and I’m appalled some veterans in their 70’s are being arrested and charged with alleged killings in NI during the troubles. This is despite the fact that over 90 per cent of the deaths were carried out by terrorist paramilitaries – why is nobody going after them? We need to bring this nonsense to an end.  During our time in Glasgow we witnessed a great wave of support for our veterans. We’ve got one angle in Northern Ireland getting away with everything but British soldiers being dragged back to the courts. It’s totally wrong.  This is abuse against soldiers who fought in Northern Ireland. There are hundreds of ex-soldiers being investigated. That’s fine, but make sure they investigate the terrorists as well.  The government is wholly committed to finding a lawful, fair, balanced and proportionate way forward for legacy issues in Northern Ireland. We are also very mindful of the fact that some 90 per cent of all deaths in the troubles were caused by terrorists.  Without new bodies to address the legacy of the past, murders by terrorists won’t be investigated any time soon and victims, including families of brave serviceman killed, are less likely to see justice.  Sadly many have suffered with PTSD as a result of serving and took there own lives. Something needs to change NOW”.
One veteran, 75-year-old Dennis Hutchings, was woken up by police in December, who charged him with the attempted murder of an IRA suspect in 1974 while he was serving Queen and country in Armagh.  Many of our Ayrshire veterans served in Northern Ireland, should we be worried too?  Are we going to get woken in the early hours of the morning?
The Good Friday Agreement, signed off by Tony Blair, allowed 500 convicted terrorists linked to the IRA to walk free, something seen as “a grave injustice” by ex-forces personnel who are now watching their own colleagues face prosecution. Veterans claim the vast majority of post-conflict charges relating to Northern Ireland are being made against British soldiers, not former IRA members who already have terrorism offences to their name.
Final demo of the year will take place outside the MOD offices in Glasgow on the 23rd Nov from 10.30 and we aim to have over 300 veterans from all across Scotland attending.



The Children’s Holiday Food Programme, funded by Glasgow City Council and delivered by charities, third sector organisations and community groups, fed more than 14,500 children during the, seven-week, school summer holidays.


Funding, totalling £863,360, was given to 97 organisations across the city, already delivering holiday programmes, to upscale and expand their usual activities to include food and spaces for more children to attend their service.

A report to the council’s Wellbeing, Empowerment, Community and Citizen Engagement City Policy Committee showed that during the school summer holidays 14,674 nursery, primary and secondary school children received 131,508 healthy meals and snacks.

The initiative was part of the council’s on-going work to tackle food poverty and inequality; where people cannot afford or do not have access to nutritious food, important for health and wellbeing. These problems are exacerbated during school holiday periods where parents, some of whom will benefit from free meals during the school term, worry about being able to feed their children and in worst cases, children can suffer from hunger and malnourishment.

Supported by the Voluntary Action Fund (VAF), who worked with organisations wanting to become involved, assessed applications and distributed the funding, the programme also has many other benefits for the children and their families and in the wider community.

As part of an evaluation report VAF found that ‘There has been a feeling of communities coming together, barriers being broken down and children, young people and their families integrating with others when normally some would be socially isolated.’

Both parents of the children who attended and the organisations themselves asserted that it provided children opportunities to meet new people, socialise, build confidence and self-esteem, do more physical activity and learn new skills. For many attendees they also assisted in the planning and cooking of the meals they were enjoying, laying the groundwork on leading a healthy lifestyle.

These findings were also backed up by an NHS evaluation that found the holiday food programme reduced the risk of children going without food during the school holidays and helped lessen the worries parents and carers have about feeding their children over the holiday period, known as food security.

It questioned the parents of the children that attended the programmes and showed that integrating healthy food, activities and childcare in a holiday programme was highly rated by parents. They too saw positive changes in their children as a result of attending the programmes that could also see benefits in the classroom after the holidays.

Councillor Allan Gow, Glasgow City Council’s treasurer, said; “Feeding your family over the holidays is a very real worry for many in the city. This programme has not only helped to alleviate food poverty but it also reduces the stigmatism around those who suffer from it by being inclusive to all of the city’s children. It helps to build equality and relationships within the community.

“The evaluation work has shown the programme to have numerous associated benefits to the children attending, their families, the wider communities in which they run and even in the organisations themselves.

“I’m pleased that work is progressing to make funds available for the mid-term holidays in February and looking ahead to next Easter.”

The programme was also run successfully over the October week holiday, where around 6000 children benefitted.


Consultation offers chance to help shape next phase of Avenues in Glasgow city centre

A new public consultation beginning later this week will give the opportunity to respond to initial designs for three Avenues in the next phase of the Avenues project in Glasgow city centre.

People taking part in the consultation will be asked for their views on these initial designs for the Sauchiehall Precinct (between Rose Street and Buchanan Street); the Underline (connecting the West End to the city centre via St George’s Place, Phoenix Road and New City Road); and Cambridge Street.


The £115million Avenues project is funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal, and aims to change the face of the city centre for the better for all those who live, work, and study there as well as those who visit this great location to shop, eat and drink or enjoy a concert or theatre show.  It will see key streets in Glasgow city centre redesigned to protect and prioritise space for cyclists and pedestrians, improve connectivity, introduce sustainable green infrastructure through attractive streetscapes and improve the way public transport is accommodated.


The consultation will be both on-street in the city centre on 16 and 17 November and online at:www.glasgow.gov.uk/avenues, and those participating will be asked to consider the proposals and comment on the provision for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport, and whether green elements and space to play and dwell are important to them.  All the feedback from the consultation, along with responses already gathered from local businesses and community groups, will help to inform the next stage of designs.


This consultation follows another earlier this year where those who responded gave their opinions on the initial design concepts for Argyle Street, between Anderston Cross – Trongate, and through St Enoch Square, Dixon Street and down to the Clyde.


Work on Sauchiehall Avenue is currently underway, and this will be the first of 16 such Avenues to be created on Glasgow city centre streets in the coming years.  More information on the Avenues programme for the city centre is available at: www.glasgow.gov.uk/avenues.


Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, said: “This is an opportunity for our citizens to become involved in the changing face of our city centre. The city centre is the heart of Glasgow.  It’s where so many of us come to work, to socialise, to shop and to meet and every Glaswegian has an interest in its well-being.  Some £115million is being invested in the Avenues project and it will have a positively transformative impact on the social and economic life of our city centre streets. So it’s vital the public take part, that as many people as possible give us their views on these initial designs for the some of our key thoroughfares. We want to get this once-in-a-generation opportunity right, to deliver something for Glaswegians with Glaswegians.  At the end of this process, we want to look forward to streets attracting even more people to the city centre and take satisfaction that our people have helped shape that.”


Stephen O’Malley, Founding Director of Civic Engineers, the company leading the multidisciplinary design team for Block A of the Avenues said, “The initial design concepts we are sharing for this round of consultation focus heavily on strengthening the existing connections between the city centre and the West End.  The links between these two parts of the city are crucial and we want to improve them so they are more inviting and attractive to encourage people to walk or cycle more.  With Sauchiehall Street we are looking to build on the existing pedestrianisation and make it a more attractive place to be with more seating, green elements and introducing some informal play for children.  The public response to the previous consultation was hugely positive, the Avenues presents an amazing opportunity to transform Glasgow’s city centre streets and we look forward to hearing what they have to say.”


The on-street consultation will take place between 10am – 5pm on Friday 16th (St Georges Cross and New City Road) and Saturday 17th November (Sauchiehall Street, near Marks & Spencer, and Cambridge Street).



Glasgow City Council has today (15 November 2018) launched its first ever British Sign Language (BSL) action plan to support BSL users in the city.

The six year plan that was devised in conjunction with a number of deaf organisations and consultation with BSL users takes steps to ensure that BSL users can fully participate in all aspects of daily and public life, in Glasgow.

This includes directly addressing the needs of BSL users and removing barriers that they face when trying to access public services, information, and employment and social security services, such as lack of interpreters and information not being available in different formats.

It also looks to support the uptake of BSL as an additional language in schools, providing deaf awareness and BSL training to council staff, encouraging BSL users to contribute to civic life, improving access to mental health and health care services and promoting BSL role models.

One of the action plan’s commitments is already underway as the main consultees on the plan have been asked to volunteer to join a reference group that will work closely with the council on progressing the action plan.

Following approval by the City Administration Committee today, a BSL version of the plan will be made available on the council website and YouTube channel by the end of November.

Based on data from 2011, it is thought that there are around 1700 BSL users in Glasgow. However, as part of the action plan these figures will be updated and will be increase once the number of people who use BSL to support D/deaf people e.g. parents and carers of D/deaf children are included.

Councillor Jennifer Layden, city convenor for equalities and human rights, said: “There is sometimes an assumption that BSL users also understand and use English but this isn’t always the case.

“BSL is a language in its own right, with its own grammar and vocabulary and we need to recognise this when producing information and providing services to BSL users.

”Publishing our first ever BSL action plan is a major step forward in supporting this group that face significant barriers to accessing information and services that most of us take for granted.

“It also encouraging to note that there was a good proportion of responses from council staff interested to learn BSL a an additional language which we’ll follow up as part of the plan.”


New bus gates to improve journey times and reliability on key routes

glasgow central station

Plans to introduce two new bus gates within Glasgow city centre have opened for consultation.

The proposals are intended to improve journey times and reliability on key bus routes close to Central Station, which can carry up to 360 buses every hour at peak times.

glasgow central station

The two gates – one at Union Street for southbound traffic and the other at Oswald Street for vehicles heading north – will both give access to buses, taxis, private hire vehicles and cycles.  They will also allow access for goods and service vehicles.

Originally proposed in the 2014 City Centre Transport Strategy, the bus gates will cut the number of vehicles and delays on these roads between 7am and 7pm each day, which in turn will reduce emissions in one of the busiest pedestrian areas of the city centre.

A reduction in emissions is a key policy objective for the council as around 300 people die every year in the city as a consequence of poor air quality.  Less traffic will also reduce the accident risk for pedestrians while still giving scope for deliveries to city centre businesses to be maintained.

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, welcomed the publication of the proposals for the bus gates as a key part of the council’s efforts to support the city’s bus operators and promote the use of public transport.

Councillor Richardson said: “The bus is still easily the most popular form of public transport in Glasgow, but passenger numbers are falling at a very steady rate and the bus industry is under real pressure.

“As a council, we have to do everything that we can to sustain public transport in a city where almost half of our population have no access to a car. Not supporting the bus sector will have long term, negative consequences for a huge swathe of Glasgow’s population and the city’s economy as a whole.

“One of the main issues for the bus operators and their passengers is the reliability of the service. By providing clear channels for buses to use, we can reduce delays and get closer to the target of ‘on time every time’. The bus routes either side of Central Station are two of the busiest in the city and the introduction of bus gates will see significant improvements to the service on these streets.

“This proposal will lead to multiple benefits, encourage sustainable transport and protect our more vulnerable road users.”

The proposal is for bus gates to restrict access on Oswald Street between Midland Street and Argyle Street with restricted access on Union Street to be between Gordon Street and Argyle Street.

As part of the proposal, the number of disabled parking bays on West Nile Street will be increased to account for the loss of access to Union Street. Alternative routes using Wellington Street and Robertson Street for southbound vehicles and York Street and West Campbell Street for northbound vehicles are being proposed at this stage.

The introduction of the bus gates would support the Glasgow City Centre Low Emission Zone, Glasgow’s City Centre Strategy and the City Centre Transport Strategy.

The consultation will run for six weeks and responses to the proposals can be submitted via this link:- www.glasgow.gov.uk/proposedtro or by emailing:- les@glasgow.gov.uk


Sauchiehall Avenue’s first trees planted by Council Leader and local schoolchildren

Sauchiehall Avenue project

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, was today (7 November) joined by pupils from Garnetbank Primary to help plant the first trees on Sauchiehall Avenue.


The £7.2million Sauchiehall Avenue project – between Charing Cross and Rose Street – has been underway since January andwhen finished, will feature a multifunctional service verge and two-way cycle lane on the northern side of Sauchiehall Street, with pavements widened to free up space for pedestrians and licensed tables and chairs on both sides of the street.

First Sauchiehall Avenue trees 1

As part of the project, 27 trees – in a variety of deciduous species, with attractive colours throughout the year – will be planted along the Avenue.  In addition, new bus shelters, cycle stands, seating, smart city infrastructure and improved street lighting will be delivered through the project, which is also delivering new public realm to the four streets to the south of Sauchiehall Street between Elmbank Street and Douglas Street.

Sauchiehall Avenue project

Improved connections through this project are expected to bring economic, environmental and social benefits to this part of Glasgow, making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to move through the area, and enhancing its traditional status as a gateway into the city centre.


Sauchiehall Avenue will be the first of 16 such avenues to be created on Glasgow city centre streets in the coming years through the £115million Avenues project funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal.  More information on the Avenues programme for Glasgow city centre is available at: www.glasgow.gov.uk/avenues.


Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, said: “This is a symbolic moment in the rebirth of Sauchiehall Street, one of our greatest thoroughfares and a landmark destination for so long in the city’s history.  The street has faced considerable challenges in recent times, not least the fires which have devastated whole sections this year.  But its revitalisation has been a priority for the City Government well before the fires and the planting of the trees marks the moment when businesses and those many people who live there or visit it for work, business, study or leisure will begin to see our plans gathering apace.  I’m delighted local schoolchildren could join me in helping plant the first trees on the ‘Sauchiehall Avenue’. In the years ahead I’m sure they will enjoy all the benefits that this project will bring as it blossoms.”



The species of deciduous trees to be planted on Sauchiehall Avenue are as follows: Acer platanoides ‘Deborah’; Acer campestre ‘William Caldwell’; Ulmus ‘Culumella’; Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ and Ginko biloba.