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Work begins on blue and green infrastructure project in Glasgow’s East End

A new green and blue infrastructure project in Greater Easterhouse being delivered by Glasgow City Council in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage and the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership – the latter funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal – promises to use and develop the area’s natural resources to encourage use of local parks and other high-quality green and water spaces, create drainage capacity to facilitate regeneration, reduce flooding and protect local wildlife.

Now begun, the Greater Easterhouse Green Infrastructure Project will increase access to high quality greenspace – including links to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park; provide the surface water drainage solution for residential and commercial developments, reduce flood risk through improved surface water management; and create connected habitat networks for the area’s grassland water voles.

The project will see improvements to greenspace in Blairtummock, Cranhill and Ruchazie, as described below:

Blairtummock – blue networks will be created through daylighting of Whamflet burn and creation of wetland storage areas, with green network improvements through Core Path linkages; path creation and improvements within greenspaces and improving access to greenspaces from existing, and future development, residential sites; increasing drainage capacity and flood storage; tree planting and general landscaping improvements; natural play creation and improved nodal exercise points for the area; and the creation of a wildflower meadow as a habitat for fossorial water voles.

Cranhill – blue networks will be created by improving wetland habitats and reducing off-site flooding through the daylighting of Lightburn and the development of ponds and flood water storage areas.  The greenspace improvements made here will be similar to those made in Blairtummock.

Ruchazie – blue networks will be created to improve wetland habitats and reduce off-site flooding through the development of SUDS ponds and connecting bodies of surface water; with green networks improved through: Core Path improvements southwards to Cranhill Area greenspaces; converting vacant and derelict land with greenspace creation, including paths, to improve link northwards into Hogganfield Park; improving Core Path linkage; path improvements within greenspaces and improving access to greenspaces from existing and future residential development sites; tree planting and landscaping; the creation of natural play and improved nodal exercise points for the area; and creating a wildflower meadow creation as a fossorial water vole habitat.

‘Greenspace’ can be described as woodlands, grasslands or parks, whereas ‘bluespace’ can be described as a space linked to water, such as a pool, pond or water course.  When combined, these become green and blue infrastructure.

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm, said: “The Greater Easterhouse Green Infrastructure Project will bring great environmental, economic and social benefits to this part of the city.  I am delighted to see work beginning on the scheme, which will develop local natural resources to make them even more attractive for local people to use, reduce flooding, allow more homes to be built, and bring more visitors to the area.”

Dr Mike Cantlay OBE, Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage, said: “Access to nature has a big impact on our physical and mental well-being. By transforming these three areas of vacant and derelict land into urban greenspace, we will connect more people with nature and encourage them to embrace the outdoors. Investing in urban green infrastructure is also important for the city’s long-term health. Adapting to climate change is a key challenge for many of Scotland’s cities, but greenspace can help mitigate its effects. This project is also part of the wider strategic drainage plan for Glasgow and will reduce flooding risk. We are proud to support this investment in the Greater Easterhouse community.”

Scottish Natural Heritage is providing funding for these works through the European Regional Development Fund, which will be match-funded by the Glasgow City Region City Deal through the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership.  The works are being carried out by RJ McLeod.

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Game On Again For Street Play

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Glasgow was so game for Street Play the first time, the city is set to do it all over again this September.

In an unprecedented move, the council is repeating the offer of free road closures to residents, local groups and community-based organisations who want to turn their local streets into temporary playgrounds for local children.

It follows the huge success of the Street Play weekend in June this year, which saw the council facilitate 25 road closures across the city to allow communities to enjoy the benefits of a traffic-free day close to home.

Now, to mark this year’s International Car Free Day, Street Play will be available in the city for the second time this year, this time on September 22 & 23.

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, is delighted with the growing interest in Street Play and is encouraging groups across the city to take advantage of the offer.

Councillor Richardson said: “Street Play was a great success earlier this year as it gave neighbourhoods the chance to get together and really enjoy themselves.  Ensuring the streets are car free allows children to reclaim a normally forbidden space for themselves and run free for a day.

“I’m hoping that community groups and local organisers grab this opportunity to transform their community for a day. We are simplifying the application process so it as easy as possible for communities to take advantage of this offer.”

Applications for the Street Play event on September 22, 23 require to be submitted by the by the end of September 11.

Any group or neighbourhood is interested in participating in Street Play should email the council’s Land and Environment Services department on land@glasgow.gov.uk  with information on what they would do with the space created by their road closure.

Support with the application process and also accessing the public liability insurance required for a Street Play day will be available through Glasgow Life’s Communities Team. Organisers will be expected to undertake an appropriate risk assessment for their play day.

The council will cover all costs associated with organising the legal orders that allow roads to be closed, as well as the traffic management measures that will ensure the road is closed safely and also the charge for public liability insurance.

The location of a Street Play day must be approved by the council’s Traffic and Road Safety team. Main roads may not be approved for Street Play.

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New Polmadie Footbridge to Reconnect Communities

A Glasgow community will be reconnected to Glasgow Green for the first time in over three years at 10.45am today (Wednesday, August 22) with the official opening of the new £1.5m Polmadie Footbridge.

Residents of the Oatlands area will be joined by Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP, and Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, to take the first steps across the newly restored River Clyde crossing.

The reopening of the of the bridge restores a critical link in the city’s walking and cycling network and will support Glasgow City Council’s on-going efforts to revitalise Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest park.

Direct access to the Green from Oatlands was lost in May 2015 when a routine inspection revealed that continued use of the previous bridge could lead to its collapse. The 60-year-old bridge was immediately closed and by June 2016 the bridge deck was demolished, with the supporting piers left in place.

Locals campaigned for the pedestrian and cycle bridge to be brought back into use and that led to the decision by Glasgow City Council to provide funding for the restoration. The project was given a further support by Sustrans when they agreed to provide significant financial support.

The construction project between Glasgow City Council, Sustrans and the Scottish Government, which began on the ground in earnest in January 2018 with George Leslie Limited the principle contractor for the works.

The 103metre long bridge has been built upon the original piers with the approach ramp designed and appropriately lit to ensure it is accessible for disabled people.  The bridge itself also has in-built lighting to illuminate the deck to create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

Councillor Anna Richardson said:  “There was a great deal of local feeling about the loss of the bridge and so I am delighted to see Oatlands reconnected with Glasgow Green. The council team leading the project deserves credit for having the foresight to save the supporting piers, which has been a huge help in making restoration of the bridge financially possible.

“But the design of the bridge is also very responsive to the needs of the community and will hopefully encourage as many people as possible to use the bridge on a regular basis. Glasgow Green is one of our most prestigious parks and making it as accessible as possible has a great value in itself.

“The Green is also a key part of the national cycle network and so the new bridge represents yet another boost to the city’s growing infrastructure for active travel.”

Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson said: “The partnership approach between Glasgow City Council, Sustrans Scotland and the Scottish Government has resulted in the restoration of the Polmadie Footbridge, which has restored a vital active travel route in the heart of Glasgow Green.

“I am proud that this government has doubled the active travel budget to £80m for 2018/2019, so that we can continue to support more projects like this right across country. We are committed to delivering active travel infrastructure to support our ambition to develop an Active Nation, ensuring that more people can enjoy the benefits of walking and cycling than ever before.”

Sustrans Scotland National Director, John Lauder, said: “Sustrans Scotland is delighted to have supported the Polmadie Footbridge through the Transport Scotland funded Community Links fund.  The footbridge is an excellent example of how Community Links funding can connect communities for walking and cycling.

“We encourage communities and local authorities all over Scotland to get in touch to find out more about the wide range of funding opportunities for active travel in their area.”

Polmadie Footbridge will act as a link to Route 75 of the National Cycle Network from south Glasgow and from NCN 756, which runs from East Kilbride and through Rutherglen.

Sustrans backed the project with £1m of funding with £500,000 contributed by Glasgow City Council.

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Work to repair historic Govan building creates apprentice jobs at local company

A heritage project in Govan has led to the local company working on the scheme taking on new apprentices.

The project – the £4.1million Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) – aims to help the wider regeneration of Govan by repairing, restoring and preserving the area’s main heritage features and historic buildings.

The first building repair project to be carried out under the Govan Cross THI is at the B-Listed Govan & Linthouse Parish Church ancillary building and bell tower at Govan Cross.  The building will undergo comprehensive repair including re-slating and leadwork to the roof, masonry repair, replacement cast-iron rainwater goods, and sash and case window repair.

The contractor carrying out the works to the G & L ancillary building is John Fulton (Plumbers) Ltd who are based in Govan, and carry out traditional leadwork repair across the country.  The contractor recently worked with the THI’s Jobs Match Group to provide apprenticeship opportunities in leadwork.

Four apprentices were recruited through the THI’s pilot Govan Jobs Match Group with two of the apprentices being local to Govan.  The apprentices receive training at the contractor’s premises on Harmony Row, as well as working on site on varied jobs.

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm, said: “The Govan Cross THI plays a key role in restoring, preserving and promoting the fantastic built heritage of this historic area, and so is a vital part of the ongoing regeneration of Govan.  I am delighted that the contractor for the works on this notable building at Govan Cross is a local business, and even more pleased that they have created skilled apprenticeships for young people through their work.”

Thomas Knowles, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “We have been delighted to support the Govan Cross THI through our Conservation Area Scheme (CARS) programme of funding.  This will provide £1m of investment and financial help over a five-year period to support the regeneration of this historic part of Glasgow, delivering a range of activity from a grants scheme for homeowners and retailers to education programme and training opportunities.”

Lucy Casot, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “The National Lottery does a huge amount to support local Scottish communities with investment designed to make them better places for local people and visitors alike. These apprentices will not only help preserve the beautiful heritage buildings of Govan but they will learn new skills and gain experience, making a difference to their own futures.”

The Govan Cross THI (2016-21) is a £4.1m scheme funded by Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund which aims to help regenerate Govan by repairing, restoring and preserving the area’s main heritage features and historic buildings.

The building’s prominent location, listed status, increasingly poor state of repair and under-utilisation led the THI to prioritise repair work in order to both safeguard the future of the building and to encourage its increased use for the benefit of the community.

As well as delivering an exciting range of investment designed to improve the attractiveness and character of Govan’s traditional buildings, shopfronts and streets, the THI also provides opportunities for local people to learn about and be inspired by Govan’s heritage and develop new skills through an activity programme.

These range from community craft taster sessions to heritage talks, and one of these activities was the formation of a pilot Govan Jobs Match Group to allow local people to have the opportunity of being involved in any work placements that emerge through the THI funded works contracts.

Find more detail on the Govan Cross THI at: http://www.getintogovan.com/thi/.

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Cancer survivor Ian lights up the night at Shine Glasgow for Cancer Research UK

COURAGEOUS football fan Ian Anderson led the charge against cancer in Scotland’s biggest city- after overcoming the disease.

Dad of two Ian was chosen as VIP to sound the horn and send more than 1,100 Scots on Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk in Glasgow on Saturday August 18. Sponsorship money is still coming in but the 10K which saw people of all ages and abilities uniting through light to help beat cancer sooner has already raised more than £52,000 for life saving research. Money raised will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to treat cancer and save lives.

Participants could choose to raise money for the area of cancer research closest to their hearts, selecting from 12 different areas of scientific research. These included prostate cancer, testicular cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia. Or they could simply give their backing to Cancer Research UK’s overall work.

Ian is back where he belongs on the pitch playing in goals every Tuesday night as part of the Partick Thistle Football Fans in training legends team after a tough 12 months fighting cancer. But it was an emotional moment for Ian as he stepped up on to stage next to the start line of Shine Glasgow to rally the crowd as it will be exactly a year since he received a letter telling him the results of the bowel cancer screening test he’d taken were abnormal. The bowel screening test- sent through the post to people aged 50 to 74 every two years- is the most effective way of finding bowel cancer early.

Ian, 57, of Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, said: “I’m proud to support Shine to help raise awareness.

“The bowel screening test is a little bit of kit that really could save your life. It can detect cancer early and you can complete it in your own home. Of course it was a shock at first when I received that letter last August advising me there could be a problem. I knew it meant I could have cancer but I also knew how important it was to get treated for cancer early. Within 42 days of that letter arriving I was in hospital getting surgery to remove the cancer. That was actually the first step on my road to recovery.

“Since my diagnosis some of my football gang who are also over 50 have asked me about the bowel screening test.   I’ve encouraged them to take the test the next time it comes through their door. I’ve returned to work, football and life is good again thanks to that test.”

Every day around 88 people in Scotland receive the news that they have cancer and the number of people being diagnosed with the disease has reached around 32,000 cases every year.** Glasgow city centre lit up on Saturday night with fairy lights and neon as Shine participants set off from the Scottish Event Campus at 9pm. The 10K route which transformed the city streets in to a fun and inspirational parade of light crossed over Bell’s Bridge, passing BBC Scotland and STV headquarters. Participants then walked back over the River Clyde and along the Broomielaw then up to George Square and past Glasgow Cathedral and landmarks including the Duke of Wellington statue outside the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Cathedral and the University of Strathclyde. The route also passed Cancer Research UK flagship shop on Queen Street before heading back to the River Clyde and the finish line.

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We’re so pleased to bring Cancer Research UK’s Shine Night Walk to Glasgow again.

“We’d like to thank our VIP starter Ian and everyone who came along to make this event in Glasgow so special.  It was a wonderful opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived cancer.

“Sadly, most of us know someone whose life has been touched by cancer but the battle against cancer never stops. Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer. The more research we can fun, the sooner that day will come.

New figures show 55.6 per cent of Scots eligible for bowel cancer screening took up the offer between November 2015 and October 2017, below the target of 60 per cent. Those living in the poorest areas were less likely to take up the offer of a test, at 42.3 per cent compared to 65.3 per cent in the wealthiest areas. *  But a new test, called FIT which was introduced in Scotland last November is hoped to lead to more people returning the test as it’s easier to complete.

Shine Glasgow VIP Ian Anderson first started playing football regularly in 2015 by signing up for Football Fans in Training, a 12 week healthy living and weight loss programme which was affiliated to Partick Thistle. The course proved such a success that the group decided to continue training every Tuesday night. And the friends he met there were a great support when after a colonoscopy test and scans at the Victoria Hospital in Glasgow Ian was diagnosed with cancer last September. They even fixed up for a good luck Ian message to go out across the tannoy at a Partick Thistle versus Motherwell game before Ian’s treatment began.

On Friday October 13 last year at the Queen Elizabeth University hospital in Glasgow, Ian endured six and a half hours of surgery to remove the tumour in his bowel. It was a nerve wracking wait for Ian’s wife, Cathy Anderson, 59, and his sons, Ross Anderson, 32, and Craig, 31. But the operation was a success and all of the tumour was removed.

Ian said: “I’m so lucky to have a wonderful wife, family and very close friends who made everything so much easier.

“They kept my spirits up. My two-year-old grandson John who lives just around the corner kept me smiling if ever I wasn’t having such a good day. One look at his face made everything seem okay again.”

Ian started on six months of chemotherapy tablets in November. It was a huge boost on May 18 this year when Ian rang a special bell at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre to mark the end of treatment. Now Ian who is clear of cancer has returned to his job at the Royal Bank of Scotland and plans a trip to London this autumn to celebrate his wedding anniversary. Ian who has been a Partick Thistle fan since his first visit to Firhill aged 10 is looking forward to getting back in to fitness.

Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work relies on the public’s support. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend more than £38 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research – helping more men, women and children survive the disease. Glasgow is home to the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute where an exciting programme of work has been established to look for ways to tailor treatment for pancreatic cancer. Our researchers in Glasgow and Edinburgh are trying to develop new drugs to target an aggressive type of brain tumour called neuroblastoma. In Edinburgh the charity funds world-class researchers including a team at the MRC Human genetics unit, who are leading research in to the genetic and environmental causes of bowel cancer. This important work is bringing us a step closer to tests that can spot people at higher risk of the disease so they can be offered tailored advice, screening and treatment to improve survival for people with this type of cancer.

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

 

To find out more about how to reduce the risk of cancer and detect it early, visit cruk.org/spotcancerearly.

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South African singer Marah Louw to perform at Nelson Mandela Centenary Gala Dinner in Glasgow

The Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation (NMSMF) is delighted that one of South Africa’s star singers and friend of Nelson Mandela – MARAH LOUW – will perform at its Centenary Gala fundraising dinner at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 24 August 2018.

Brian Filling, NMSMF Chair and Honorary Consul for South Africa said: “We are delighted that Marah can make it to Scotland. It was Marah who sang and danced with Mandela in Glasgow’s George Square in 1993, when Mandela received his Freedom of Glasgow and 8 other UK cities.

“We hope to recall that most special occasion when Mandela ‘danced in the square’ before
thousands of well-wishers and anti-apartheid supporters. Marah Louw is one of several celebrity
guests who will be present at our Gala Dinner which is our major fundraising event in this special
Mandela centenary year.”

Other celebrity guests will include:
Cllr Eva Bolander, Lord Provost of Glasgow;
Anita Manning, TV Auctioneer;
Ms Nomatemba Tambo, South Africa’s High Commissioner;
Dave Anderson, Actor & Entertainer; and,
David Pratt, Journalist, Photographer and Broadcaster.

Mr Filling added: “The NMSMF’s major early objective is to raise the funds – by public donation – to erect a statue of Mandela in Glasgow, the first city in the world to award him the Freedom of the City, and to do so in the Glasgow street that bears his name, Nelson Mandela Place.”

The Lord Provost, who is also an  NMSMF Patron, said: “The late, great Nelson Mandela came to Glasgow almost quarter of a century ago, on the 9th of October 1993, to receive his award of Freeman of the City of Glasgow and of eight other cities and boroughs across the United Kingdom.

“I’m proud to say, Glasgow was the first city in the world to award him this honour. It took that decision in 1981 while Mandela was still imprisoned by a racist apartheid regime. It’s particularly poignant that Marah Louw accompanied him  on that historic trip and helped entertain the crowds in George Square.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome her back to Glasgow for what promises to be a memorable Gala Dinner to raise money for a statue in memory of Mandela and increase awareness and understanding of his place in history in securing human rights.

“Glasgow is proud it played a prominent and steadfast role in the struggle to see Mandela, and others, released; and to end apartheid. Apartheid ended in 1994 with South Africa’s historic and memorable first free and democratic elections that led to a huge African National Congress victory and Mandela being made the first President of a free and democratic South Africa.”nelson

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Action Plan to Help Glasgow’s Homeless Get Homes Faster

An action plan has been unveiled to help more people who are homeless in Glasgow.

Homelessness officers have been working closely with the Scottish Housing Regulator and partners to streamline processes and speed up case assessments to ensure that those affected by homelessness in the city move into housing as rapidly as possible.

The move is also designed to ease pressures on Glasgow City Council’s Homelessness Services and ensure the council can meet its statutory obligations.

The council’s Homelessness Service made more than 7000 offers of temporary and emergency accommodation in 2017/18. However, sometimes it was unable to immediately provide accommodation for people, as no emergency accommodation was available at that point.

If this happens, staff will help people get to a safe place such as a friends’ or relatives’ house and keep in touch with the homeless person to find them temporary accommodation as quickly as possible.

The plan outlines measures to find permanent homes more quickly for people. This will free up temporary accommodation and enable the city to provide more people with help in emergencies. A target has been set of providing 4000 settled homes for people who are homeless a year.

Glasgow City Council works with Third Sector partners to provide emergency accommodation in a mixture of temporary furnished flats, accommodation projects and bed and breakfasts.

Staff intervention also prevents many people becoming homeless in the first place – via help and advice on their legal rights and benefits and mediation with landlords and mortgage providers.

Glasgow City Council has no council houses, so Homelessness teams liaise closely with the city’s Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) to source tenancies for homeless people. As part of the plan, the council and individual housing associations will review their current working arrangements, including information sharing, and how best practice can be applied citywide to ensure a consistent approach by all partners.

Councillor Mhairi Hunter, Chair of Glasgow’s Health & Social Care Partnership, said: “The council has been working intensively with the Scottish Housing Regulator to tackle the pressures on this vital service and meet the city’s statutory obligations.

“Homelessness is a very complex and emotive issue. Every case is different and the council’s homelessness team is committed to doing all they can to help people who face this distressing prospect.

“We accept that sometimes we have not been able to help people quickly enough and we are working hard to improve that. This action plan contains some very constructive measures aimed at streamlining processes, speeding up assessment of needs and ensuring there is a consistent citywide approach with all partners.

“This should help ensure people move from emergency accommodation to settled homes quickly – freeing up emergency accommodation for those who need it.”

The Scottish Housing Regulator will also work with the city’s housing associations to help ensure homeless people are rehoused as quickly as possible.

Intensive support will also be provided through an expanded Housing First programme to help people with complex needs who can become repeatedly homeless and trapped in patterns of rough sleeping because they have trouble keeping a home as they struggle with tasks like managing household bills and paperwork or liaising with utility companies and workmen difficult.”

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Glasgow Council Leader Meets UK Immigration Minister

The Leader of Glasgow City Council today met Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes and called for an end to the UK Government’s controversial asylum seekers’ lock changing policy.

Statement below

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “We had a constructive meeting which followed previous conversations between myself and the Minister and ongoing engagement between Glasgow City Council and Home Office officials.

“The City Government has significant differences with the UK Government on wider asylum issues, but today was focused on the implications of the lock changing policy, and on wider operational matters in relation to the dispersal programme.

“While it is helpful that Serco has paused the lock change programme, what we are seeking is an end to lock changing regardless of the outcome of any imminent court actions.

“Until then there are other changes the Home Office can make and we also discussed the need for protocols for sharing data on those seeking asylum and where they are in the process. There is currently little clarity about the actual status of the 330 people affected, therefore it is essential that Glasgow City Council has the time and opportunity to carry out individual assessments for all of them and ensure that everyone gets the right support and outcome for their circumstances.

“The Minister agreed this was necessary and her officers have committed to engaging constructively with us to ensure this is put in place.

“Ms Nokes and her officials have been left in no doubt that lock changes and evictions are not good for anyone, and do not have support within the city. Whilst she was unable to give a guarantee that they would not continue, we have made significant progress. However we will continue to join with partners across the city to campaign for this policy to be changed.”

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Glasgow Horror Fest

Coming to Glasgow this Halloween weekend – a full two days of terror from Glasgow Horror Fest: Halloween 2018. Glasgow Horror Fest is the city’s premier Halloween and horror attraction, taking over The Classic Grand and Stereo Cafe Bar on the 27th – 28th October 2018. 🎃


Full weekend + single day tickets now available. 🧛

Featuring:
– Horror Feature & Short Film Programs
– Classic Horror (Incl. House on Haunted Hill…in EMERGO!)
– 80s Horror Inspired Escape Room; The House with Neon Windows in partnership with Scare Scotland
– ‘Comicon’ style convention hub / horror market
– Demonic Burlesque from Roxy Sparks
– Live Horror Performance from Big Puppet Theatre Co. and GOTHeatre Productions
– Guest speakers incl. Nicoletta Wylde on sleep paralysis and R-CADE on the history of horror gaming
– Industry panels including Stephen King adaption I Am The Doorway, Creature Feature CREEKYear Zero Filmmaking : Tartan Features and Whaam Shorts, and Scottish zombie hit Plan Z
– Live practical fx monsters and demos from CREEK and Wendigo
– Gore FX demo show from Taarna Swanson
– Plague City Live Freak Show
– Free to Play retro horror games from R-CADE
– Raffle and costume prizes
– Horror Book/Comic Shop
– Halloween caricatures by Liam Irons Artwork
– Halloween Busking Plinth
– Horror on Kickstarter: Exhibit & Raffle

💀 Info and tickets – http://bit.ly/GlasgowHorrorFest

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Renfield Street to reopen fully

Renfield Street is set to be fully reopened to traffic and pedestrians as the work to demolish the fire affected buildings around the former Victoria’s Nightclub on Sauchiehall Street draws to a conclusion.

The operation to clear the rubble from the demolition has now concluded with heavy plant machinery also removed from the site.

Work will then begin tomorrow (Thursday, July 26) so that the cordon currently on Renfield St is drawn back to the pedestrian precinct on Sauchiehall Street. This will allow traffic to move between Renfrew Street and Bath Street once more and pedestrians to use pavements on both sides of Renfield Street.

The pedestrian precinct on Sauchiehall Street will remain closed to the public while utility companies undertake work to reconnect essential services to the affected site via a 40 metre trench dug along the northern side of the street.  Work to build hoardings at the front and rear of the gap site will also be undertaken during this time.

Renfrew Lane will also remain closed for the time being.

Friday, August 3 has been pencilled in for the end of all work in relation to the site but depending on the build of the hoardings and clearance of machinery and tools from within the cordon, it is hoped that the cordon can be reduced further before that date.

This would allow the pedestrian precinct to be safely reopened to pedestrians for the first time since the fire on March 22.