We have reduction in quantity but a considerable increase in interest in the consultations in this issue of our digest. Read on:
1. Current Consultations
In our first digest we told you that we were meeting the consultants who are working on the Byres Road redevelopment. On 24 January Laura Scott-Simmons (of Benson Scott-Simmons) and Brian Deegan, who has worked on cycle schemes in London, talked us through their current proposals. They are meeting with interested parties before going to public consultation and we were pleased to have been involved.
However, while there is a firm resolve to improve on the left hand image, and a need to keep the event space, as per the right hand image, we aren’t convinced that the outcome will suit us all. We have, after some very vigorous discussion, submitted our views, and our friends and GoBike members at Space For People Byres Road, who also attended the meeting, will also be submitting theirs.
As soon as we know when the next stage of public consultation is, we’ll let you know.
Port Dundas Controlled Parking Zone
Note that we did not respond to this. We did not receive any views for or against the changes so let this one go.
2. Upcoming Consultations
Kirkintilloch – Catherine Street Junction
We are aiming to get updates from East Dunbartonshire Council but prominent on their website is this forthcoming consultation about the Catherine Street Junction in Kirkintilloch:
Drop-in consultation sessions are being held on Thurs-Sat 15th-17th February between 9am and 5pm at 46 Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, G66 1HN (the premises formerly occupied by The Old Sweetie Shop).
Information on two potential layouts to reintroduce traffic signals at the Catherine Street junction will be available at the sessions and online between 15 and 22 February at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/council/consultations
If you cycle, walk or drive in Kirkintilloch please do try to visit this exhibition and get your views in. There is obviously a lot of concern about shared spaces and it’s likely the voices of those favouring the car may be in the majority.
Glasgow East – Calton Barras Meatmarket proposed redevelopment
One of our members, who lives in Dennistoun, told us about this ongoing consultation and there’s a link to information on the Glasgow City Council website Although we weren’t all aware of the public consultation event in December, we are on the case now and will keep you updated. We need good cycle routes in from the east end of the city, so if you live in Calton or Dennistoun, or travel through, do keep your eyes open for more news on this.
3. Consultations Feedback
You might remember that just before Christmas we responded to the proposal from Glasgow City Council to formalise the one way system on Edgehill Road from Woodcroft Avenue to Beechwood Drive further to the redevelopment of Broomhill Primary School. We support this provided bikes are exempt, ie contraflow is allowed to encourage cycle use. We have had an acknowledgement that responses are being reviewed.
We hope that you all have responded to our post of 25 January, Help The Fight Against Glasgow’s Most Polluted Streets? Councillor Martha Wardrop (Green Party) has replied to say “When the committee meets in March to determine the details of the LEZ, I will support the inclusion of all vehicles (and not just some buses) in the Zone. I support buses, vans and lorries included by the end of 2018.” So do keep writing to those councillors!