Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 127, 19 January 2023

Visual of proposed active travel route at Barassie

False start?

Happy New Year. Nothing came in during early January so this short Digest is the first of the year. There are consultations in South Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire. Also, events and consultations coming soon for parts of Glasgow city centre.

During the break, it emerged that GoBike has serious issues with its committee. The last few meetings didn’t take place, including an AGM. Some past committee members stepped in to organise a ‘caretaker’ meeting online. Following on from that, moves are being made to organise an Extraordinary General Meeting within the next few months. This would try to appoint a new committee (especially convenor and treasurer) to avoid GoBike having to fold. Please look out for a post/email announcement in the near future.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 126, 22 December 2022

Causeyside St split screen visual

It’s all repeats…?

It’s the time of year the BBC dusts down Christmas specials like The Morecambe & Wise Show. This slightly delayed Digest has its own selection box of repeats. Second stage consultations from South Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and North Lanarkshire plus a new city strategy.

Also, there are a few TROs from East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow (for West End parking and more school streets).

It’s been a busy year for consultations so thanks to all those, past and present, who’ve worked on them behind the scenes.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 124, 24 November 2022

Cambridge Street Avenue visualisation (2021)

Following orders…

A short issue as the festive season approaches. Glasgow is still following up its Spaces for People projects with Traffic Regulation Orders, including Royston Rd and Cambridge St. The latter looks better than last year’s proposed plan but there are still questions about how the council, and its partner agencies, follow guidelines and share information. For example, compare the Cambridge St/Cowcaddens Rd junction in the TRO and Avenues Plus plans. Both Pitt St and Raeberry St TROs and the Avenues Plus consultation finish tomorrow.

There’s an early Christmas present for some tenement dwellers as more Bikehangars are installed in parts of the city.

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Consultation Digest (National) Issue 15, 18 November 2022: The one during COP27.

As I write this post, COP27 in Egypt is well into its second week. Last weekend members of GoBike joined with friends from Pedal on Parliament and other organisations to wave banners emblazoned with the ‘This Machine Fights Climate Change’ slogan during a march through the streets of Edinburgh. We were there with thousands of others to take part in the Day of Global Action for Climate Justice.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 123, 10 November 2022

Cowcaddens Rd/Port Dundas Rd junction proposal

Avenues and corridors…

Major changes are proposed for Cowcaddens Rd/Dobbie’s Loan (visual of Port Dundas Rd, above). Another Avenues project on Pitt St has a Traffic Regulation Order, as does the East City Way on London Rd. It’s last call for St George’s Rd but more from Connecting Woodside in Glasgow’s TROs. 

East Renfrewshire’s Local Action Plans close soon but Balgray Connections is open a bit longer. East Dunbartonshire have extended one consultation and started a major one about the Springburn Rd/Kirkintilloch Rd ‘corridor’. Also, good news from Inverclyde.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 122, 27 October 2022

Balgray Connections map showing Aurs Rd, Barrhead and Barrhead Rd, Newton Mearns

“It’s in the trees, it’s coming!”*

The latest drop-in event is about Dams to Darnley Country Park and East Renfrewshire’s Balgray Connections project. Today’s event is in Avenue Shopping Centre, Newton Mearns, 11am–3pm (near Costa). Another follows on 2 November, 3pm to 7pm at Barrhead Foundry centre.

Also, it’s decision day at Inverclyde Council for the Spaces for People route in Greenock. Will they follow Renfrewshire and remove it? Or will it get a stay of execution?

A few consultations come to an end over the Hallowe’en weekend – including for North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 121, 13 October 2022

Splitscreen view of Charing-Cross now and proposed plan

Events dear boy, events…

Two drop-in events on today – one for Liveable Neighbourhoods in Dennistoun, Glasgow. The other for a funding bid at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, North Lanarkshire. More events to come for St George’s Rd, Glasgow and in East Renfrewshire for the Clarkston and Eaglesham Local Action Plans.

The most eye-catching plans in this issue are for St George’s Rd and Charing Cross. As part of Connecting Woodside, it’s due to link to the existing route on Garscube Rd.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 120, 29 September 2022

Motherwell-Wishaw active travel routes map

On repeat.

Two consultations in this issue are second attempts. Both aim to fill a gap in an existing active travel route. Each shows the difficulties getting active travel infrastructure onto residential streets in our towns (but at least there’s infra there to link into).

However, the featured image shows North Lanarkshire’s draft ‘network map’ is just as optimistic about existing routes as some of Glasgow’s early attempts (turquoise lines = ‘existing’, purple = planned). Hopefully they get more realistic, as GCC did (and cut out the typos in station names!).

There are a few new developments in North Ayrshire and repeat showings for Inverclyde and Glasgow’s latest Liveable Neighbourhood projects. Also, another preview of East Renfrewshire’s upcoming drop-in events (now with times added).

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 119, 15 September 2022

Langside monument

Pause to reflect.

As one event overshadows all others, the recent rush of consultations has stalled. Instead, some of Glasgow’s proposed Traffic Regulation Orders have been made permanent; including four Spaces for People projects.

Next month, consultation events begin for a trio of towns in East Renfrewshire (including the Williamwood area, which has a cycle lane petition).

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