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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Consultation Digest (National) Issue 14, 9 Sept 2022: The one after the Programme for Government.

The Scottish Parliament

Summer is over and government is back to work. As Liz Truss was flying back to London after meeting the Queen at Balmoral, Nicola Sturgeon stood up in the Scottish Parliament to unveil her new Programme for Government 2022-23. The cost of living crisis was the theme of the day but cycling priorities haven’t been forgotten.

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 118, 1 September 2022

Ruchill St map

Piling up.

As piles of rubbish are hopefully cleared up following the bin strikes, more council plans pile up about improving our streets. Some plans seem to overlap, like the South Central Local Development Framework and parts of the Liveable Neighbourhood for Langside to Toryglen. There’s no clear explanation about that from the city council (maybe worth asking if you respond to those consultations?). Also, some other LNs report back and there are projects like Ruchill St (in featured image, above).

The sheer volume of consultations coming out just now is getting difficult to keep on top of. It also affects how readable the Digest is (and how long it takes to produce).

So, there are changes in this issue – it no longer features every small Traffic Regulation Order as if it’s on a par with large projects covering whole/several neighbourhoods. Instead, the Digest will link to TROs on council websites and only feature notable ones (like the Riverside/Merchant City TRO, below under Glasgow City).

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 117, 18 August 2022

Manse Rd, Bearsden Streetview

Not so fast.

As the right-wing press talk about speed limits for cyclists, this Digest has half a dozen items about trying to slow down drivers. Two of the traffic calming measures belatedly follow tragedies in East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire. 

Elsewhere, there’s a new area plan for Whiteinch and Scotstoun, to add to ones for the city centre, Woodside and Pollok. There are further traffic orders for East Ayrshire and across Glasgow.

There are also two drop-in events in the city centre this afternoon…

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 116, 04 August 2022

'Cycle Glasgow' map from Glasgow City Centre Transformation Plan

Putting it all together.

August opens with Cycle to Work Day and plenty of Traffic Orders from Glasgow, East Ayrshire and East Dunbartonshire. There’s analysis of the event for the eastern side of Argyle St, with accessibility issues raised again. Also, a major city centre plan being pushed by GCC (with several emails to GoBike). It has a few surprises which could help connect the city centre. (Tonight’s Digest was delayed by connection and commuting issues –apologies.)

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 115, 21 July 2022

George Square visualisation (option 1, view 3)

New shores, Southside and centre.

There’s a wee jaunt along the coast in this issue – taking in Port Glasgow, Greenock, Prestwick and Ayr. Also, a potential route from Paisley’s (dried up) canal to its town centre. In Glasgow there are Southside surveys and George Sq has gardens galore. Also, East Dunbartonshire Council update on some of their plans.

*Addition* Forthcoming consultations

Events about the ‘Argyle St East’ Avenue (Central Station to Barrowfield Park) are taking place early next week:

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Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 114, 7 July 2022

Byres Rd plans at University Ave

Holiday time.

After a flurry of consultations since the local elections, things have slowed down for summer holidays. However, there’s an important Order to pave the way for protected bike lanes on Byres Road (hopefully sooner rather than later).

Elsewhere, the City Wharf pre-application closes soon. Consultations on East City Way and East Ren’s guidance are open for a bit longer. Greater Pollok still has months to go, which is handy since the map only has a dozen responses so far. Also, Greenock’s Spaces for People consultation is still open. Added: consultations for Ayr/Prestwick and Battlefield, Glasgow.

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