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For anyone thinking about buying a car from GLASGOW TRADE SALES

I purchased a car from GLASGOW TRADE SALES on 14/2/18 with 3 months warranty!

I have been trying to contact them since the 10/3/18 to report some problems I am experiencing.  They hang up on me & don’t return any calls when I leave messages. They also refuse to acknowledge or respond to emails.  I now realise they have done this a lot to other customer’s.

After a bit of investigation on my part the warranty they claim to offer with “Warranty Wise” which you can clearly see advertised on all their current cars is a complete LIE. I have personally spoken to warranty wise and GLASGOW TRADE SALES are not an approved dealer of warranty wise and haven’t been for 5/6 months now.

They are liars and cheats please do not buy a car from them it’s not worth the risk. Check out the reviews on Google and Auto Trader I wish I had before buying my car. All I can do now is warn others so they don’t fall for the same lies I did. Please help me by sharing this with family and friends in the Glasgow area!

Council seeks talks with Home Secretary on safer drug consumption bid

Home Secretary Amber Rudd will be invited to visit Glasgow to learn more about proposals for the country’s first safer drug consumption facility.

Councillors today backed calls to ask the Minister to meet Glaswegians who are affected by chaotic public drug use.

The motion – proposed by City Convener for Health and Social Care Integration, Cllr Mhairi Hunter – was seconded by her fellow board member Cllr Archie Graham and amended by Bailie Kyle Thornton and Cllr Kim Long.

The city’s Health and Social Care Partnership has developed and agreed proposals to create a consumption facility, which it is expected would cut public injecting; reduce harm for drug users and communities, and prevent increases in drug-related infections.

However, Scotland’s Lord Advocate has made it clear operating such a facility would require the UK Government to amend the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Cllr Hunter welcomed support for the motion from all political groups on the Council. She said: “This is not a political issue – it is a public health issue.

“These proposals have been developed by clinical and social work professionals, who are confident they are the most effective response to a public health crisis that is ongoing in our city.”

City considering how best to recognise Armed Forces

Glasgow is taking a fresh look at how it marks Armed Forces Day.

Members today backed a motion by Cllr Tony Curtis, amended by Cllr Malcolm Balfour, seeking to ensure the city has an opportunity to thank those who service in the Forces and military veterans.

Up until last year, the city had regularly hosted an Armed Forces Day event in George Square – however, this did not take place in 2017 after the Ministry of Defence withdrew in favour of a single, national celebration.

A working group is now looking at how best to celebrate the city’s relationship with the Forces in future.

Cllr Curtis said: “I look at America and I’m amazed at how they recognise their veterans and their serving military, relative to how we do.

“As a number of members noted today, the Ministry of Defence has a big responsibility – but maybe local and national governments can add something.”

Members pay tribute to homecarer Elaine McNeill

Glasgow City Council today paid tribute to care worker Elaine McNeill, who died earlier this year.

With members of Elaine’s family watching on from the public gallery, councillors unanimously backed a motion by Cllr Gary Gray, who described his constituent and neighbour as committed, kind and a favourite of those she cared for.

Elaine had been making her way to work during snowstorms on 28 February – an act friends and colleagues said was typical of her dedication to those she cared for.

Cllr Gray told the Chamber: “Elaine’s commitment to caring for those around her is a source of inspiration to us all.

“Going above and beyond the call of duty was a hallmark of Elaine’s 15-year career with Cordia.”

Members call for dialogue in Catalonia

Members of Glasgow City Council have called for dialogue in response to concerns over the action of the Spanish government in Catalonia.

Councillors voted to support a motion by Depute Leader, Cllr David McDonald, and seconded by Cllr Jon Molyneux.

 

Cllr McDonald said: ““This city has always spoken out in the face of human rights abuses and Amnesty International believes that has happened in Catalonia.

 

“Some 700 local mayors in Catalonia face prosecution and, as representatives of local government in Scotland, it’s right that we speak out about that and express our solidarity with them.

 

“We have now called on the Spanish and Catalan Governments and I hope that will happen soon.”

New senior appointments at Glasgow City Council

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Three new senior appointments have been made by Glasgow City Council, reflecting the council’s continued commitment to delivering quality, priority services to the citizens of our city.

The appointments and their roles are as follows:

  • Martin Booth – Executive Director of Finance
  • Bernadette Monaghan – Director of Community Empowerment and Equalities
  • George Gillespie- Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Sustainability

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “I’m delighted to announce the new appointments – these are key roles that will help shape our future plans over the next five years and leading service departments that are crucial to help us all make Glasgow a city that every citizen can be proud of.

“Our priority themes that make our city flourish include promoting human rights and reduce inequalities across Glasgow, improve the life chances and choices for all our citizens, embed social justice in our policy making and empower our citizens, giving them a stake, and a say, in what happens in their local communities and communities of interest.

“The city government is committed to delivering for the people of Glasgow and I’m delighted to welcome the executive directors who I know will deliver in their new roles.”

The titles given to these roles reflect the themes and priorities contained in the council’s new strategic plan, which was agreed late last year.

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Thrills as UK’s tallest indoor slide opens in Soar at intu Braehead

THE UK’s tallest indoor slide has opened at Climbzone, in Soar at intu Braehead.

The modern-day version of a helter skelter is 16 metres high and ideal for thrill-seekers looking for excitement and fun.
And for those not quite ready for The Big Slide, there’s also a smaller six metres high version to try out.

It only costs £1 to go sliding down from the very top of Soar to the ground in the flume-like corkscrew tube. Children under 1.1 metres in height need to be accompanied by an adult.
The helix helter skelter is the brainchild of Climbzone director, Neil Mackay, who was inspired by a slide exhibition, at the Tate Modern Art Gallery, in London.

Neil said: “I wanted to offer a quick, cheap and fun activity that would appeal to kids, teenagers and adults alike and a slide ticks all the boxes.
“So I designed the biggest slide I could fit in the building. The stainless steel structure is stunning and I hope it will have universal appeal.”

Marketing manager for intu Braehead, Christine Macdonald said: “The top of the Big Slide is even higher than the Climbzone Skypark aerial adventure course, so it’s going to be a daredevil ride to the ground.

“Coming down the slide really gets the adrenalin going and I’ve no doubt this is going to be a very popular and exciting addition to all the other leisure and entertainment attractions we have in Soar.”

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Final Victoria Cross Memorial Paving Stone Laid in Honour of Glaswegian War Hero

A Glaswegian war hero posthumously decorated with the Victoria Cross will have a First World War commemorative paving stone laid in his honour at the city’s People’s Palace on Sunday 25 March at noon.

Lieutenant Colonel William  Herbert Anderson, affectionately known as Bertie, was the eldest of five brothers – four of whom fell in the Great War.

He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry presented to British and Commonwealth Forces, following his death on March 25, 1918.

Lord Provost Eva Bolander, in her role as Lord Lieutenant, will lead Sunday’s ceremony. The Lord Provost said: “It’s an immense privilege to join the family of Lieutenant Colonel Anderson and reflect on his heroism. He demonstrated extraordinary courage and saved the lives of many of his men.

“One hundred years ago his brave deeds were documented by the media in our city and beyond. By unveiling this commemorative paving stone today, we ensure his courage is remembered for posterity.

“I am particularly proud, as Lord Lieutenant and First Citizen, to have this opportunity to express the city’s gratitude to the family of Lieutenant Colonel Anderson.”

Anderson was an army reservist who followed his father into accountancy, commuting to the family firm in Glasgow from Cardross, where he lived with his wife Gertrude and sons.

The eldest of five sons born to Eleanora and William Anderson. His siblings, Ronnie, Charlie and Teddie also lost their lives in the First World War. A middle brother Harry died in infancy in 1887.

Sunday’s ceremony marks the centenary of Bertie’s death. When the seventh in a series of VC paving stones will be laid in the city honouring First World War heroes. This is the fifth to be placed near the People’s Palace.

Anderson died defending and heroically countering an assault on British lines – just eight months before the war ended – and only a week after, his youngest brother, Teddie’s death.

He was in command of the 12th Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, the Glasgow Battalion, at Bois Faviere woods, near Maricourt when they came under attack and were forced to withdraw with heavy losses.

Undeterred, he led a counterattack, the following morning, capturing 70 Germans.  However, enemy numbers overwhelmed them, and by late morning, the battalion had retreated, and splintered into three groups.

Anderson refused to abandon the mission and heading one of these groups – according to his VC citation “…..made his way across the open in full view of the enemy now holding the wood on the right, and after much effort succeeded in gathering the remainder of the two right companies.

“He personally led the counter-attack and drove the enemy from the wood, capturing twelve machine guns and seventy prisoners, restoring the original line.

“His conduct in leading the charge was quite fearless and his most splendid example was the means of rallying and inspiring his men during the most critical hour.”

His great-grandson Robin Scott-Elliot (47) will attend the ceremony alongside grandchildren, Andrena (74), Adair (70) and Minty (67), two further great- grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Robin said: “Bertie was born in Glasgow, grew up in Glasgow, went to school in Glasgow, worked in Glasgow and then led Glasgow men into battle and died alongside them. It means so much to the Anderson family that he is being honoured and, more importantly, remembered by his home city.

“Bertie was 36 when he was killed, the last of the four Anderson brothers to die, the final twist in a family tragedy. He was one of the older casualties of the time – his youngest brother was killed aged 21 – but 36 is still less than half a life. That is part of the reason why it feels important to me to keep his memory alive and this memorial will help do that.”

Throughout the war the Anderson brothers’ parents were heavily involved in supporting regimental charities. Eleanora co-ran a depot collecting extra medical supplies to be sent to the front, while William was awarded the CBE for fundraising for the Red Cross Scottish branch. Following the conflict he applied for all his sons’ medals.

Glowing tributes were also paid to Lt Col Anderson by fellow officers. One said: “If you could have seen Colonel Anderson counter-attacking thousands of Germans with a mere handful of men, you would believe in the British Army for all time. If ever a man won the VC, it was Colonel Anderson.”

Another wrote: “I was with him when we counter-attacked that day. He was cheering me on and his face was wreathed in smiles at the way the counter-attack was progressing. His last words to me were, ‘Carry on with those on the left’, and the last I saw was the swing of his stick and going on.”

His heroism was legendary with General Foch, Chief of the General Staff, praising him while addressing the Scottish forces on the battlefields urging them “in the name of Colonel Anderson to go forward in the path he trod without fear”.

The Andersons retired to Largo in Fife. Their sons’ sacrifice was marked with a plaque at Glasgow Cathedral in 1920. They are also named on many other memorials, including those at Fettes College, Glasgow Academy War Memorial, the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, where Charlie trained, and Cardross War Memorial.

The remarkable story of the Anderson brothers’ sacrifice is the basis of the novel The Way Home, written by great-grandson, Robin Scott -Elliot.

Glasgow Pubs, Clubs & Hotels Vie to be Named Best in Scotland

Eight Glasgow venues are in the running to be named the nation’s best licensed premises.

The pubs, clubs, hotels and other venues have been shortlisted as finalists in the Best Bar None Scotland Awards which will take place at Dunblane Hydro Hotel on Thursday March 29th.

The eight Glasgow venues nominated in this year’s awards were selected from among 430 Scottish BBN member premises and excitement is building as the clock ticks down to the presentation ceremony.

There are 10 categories in the prestigious awards which recognise each venue’s contribution to safeguarding customer and staff safety while promoting a good night out. The eight Glasgow venues will be competing against 45 other finalists from across Scotland.

The Glasgow finalists are:- The Blythswood Hotel (Hotel category); The Crystal Palace (Pub category); The Mailcoach (Independent Pub category); McNabb’s (Bar category); The Croft Bar (Independent Bar category); The Garage (Nightclub category); Strathclyde Students Union (Specialist Entertainment Venue) and Queen Margaret Union (Social Responsibility category).

Eleanor Lee of Community Safety Glasgow which operates the Best Bar None Glasgow scheme said: “We are extremely proud of the eight Glasgow venues shortlisted for the national Best Bar None awards this year. They have worked so hard and deserve to do well. Good luck to each and every one of them!”

An independent assessor inspects Glasgow’s BBN member premises and, if they meet the criteria, they earn a bronze, silver or gold award at an annual gala dinner. Overall gold winners in each category of the Glasgow awards then qualify for the national contest.

Arlene Campbell, National Lead for Best Bar None Scotland, said: “The Best Bar None Awards continue to grow year-on-year and it’s great to see 53 venues from 16 areas of Scotland represented to showcase the commitment and support these venues offer their customers and local communities. I’d like to congratulate all our finalists and wish them all the best on the night.”

The focus of the Best Bar None scheme is on public safety and customer care, together with the following key principles: prevention of crime and disorder, securing public safety, prevention of public nuisance, protecting and improving public health and the protection of children from harm.

Accreditation to the scheme shows the venue and its staff have met a level of standards that assures members of the public they will be able to enjoy a safe and welcoming atmosphere. The National Awards recognise best practice, leading to an enhanced experience for customers.

Licensed premises that wish to join Best Bar None are assessed by trained assessors and applicants are scored according to national guidelines. A panel of judges assess the applications and confirm that all applications have met the required standard. Venues are awarded either a Gold, Silver or Bronze award and an overall winner is selected in each category which then go forward to the National Awards.

The Best Bar None scheme, which is sponsored by Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken, Tennents, Maxxium UK and Chivas Brothers.

Drinkaware is the lead sponsor of the national awards and is sponsoring the Innovation in Social Responsibility category. The Benevolent Society for Scotland’s Licensed Trade (BEN) is sponsoring the Best Newcomer category and SGL / Securigroup are also sponsoring the event.

Find out more about Best Bar None Glasgow at www.bbnglasgow.com

Working Families to benefit from additional free hours of early learning and childcare

Proposals to offer more free hours of early learning and childcare to families of 3 and 4 year olds who earn £30,000 or less have been agreed by elected members following a paper put forward by City convener for education Councillor Chris Cunningham at today’s (Thursday 22 March) City Administration Committee.

This means that parents and carers who have an income of £30,000 or less and who already access their statutory 600 free hours of childcare will now be offered 900 free hours in council run nurseries and early learning centres.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills & Early Years said: “The decision today is good news for Glasgow’s working families who use our nurseries for early learning and childcare.

“Glasgow early years provision is amongst the highest quality in the country and we are continuing to make it as accessible and flexible as possible to meet the changing demands of Glasgow’s families.

“We currently offer 3 and 4 year olds 800 free hours to families who earn £25,000 or less which is 200 hours more than the national entitlement. We will now increase this to 900 hours and raise the threshold to families earning £30,000 or less.

 

To access the full report:

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/councillorsandcommittees/submissiondocuments.asp?submissionid=87483