Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 114, 7 July 2022

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.

(new/updated items in bold – link jumps to article)

Section 1: Current Consultations

  1. City Wharf development (Anderston Quay)
  2. East City Way – Phase 6 and 7
  3. LDP2 – Supplementary Guidance Consultation (ERC)
  4. Greater Pollok Strategic Development Framework
  5. Greenock to Battery Park SfP lane
  6. *ADDITION* Ayr to Prestwick Active Travel Route
  7. *ADDITION* Connecting Battlefield (GCC)

Section 2: Consultation Feedback

  1. Byres Road (Traffic Management and Parking Controls) Order 2022

1: Current Consultations
(in date order for responses)

1.1: City Wharf development (Anderston Quay)

Organisation: Dandara Living (developers).
Area: Anderston Quay by the Clyde, west of the Kingston Bridge. Site is next to the shared path to pedestrian bridge over the Expressway.
Subject: Latest plan for flats and public realm on this site, which seems to build over the top of Cheapside St (see image at top of Digest 113). Planning permission was given in 2018 but Dandara have updated their plans with a taller tower (at the south-eastern corner). This helps increase the number of flats to 670 in three blocks. Apparently, they’ll have 60 car parking spaces but 850+ bike spaces! There’s no detail on the type of bike parking or about the “commercial space”. City Wharf is a pre-application consultation. A ‘live chat’ took place online on 16 June as part of the process.
Featured: Digest 113, Item 1.3.
Website links: City Wharf design proposals (click buttons under image to view each one).
Deadline: 8 July 2022.

1.2: East City Way – Phase 6 and 7

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: London Road – from Fielden Street (West of Scotland Housing Association) to Canmore Street (by Helensea Park).
Subject: East City Way Phase 1 (2021) is at Mount Vernon, near the North Lanarkshire boundary. Phases 6 and 7 are due ahead of the UCI Cycling World Championships in August 2023. They’d continue where the older bi-directional cycletrack from Bridgeton finishes (near the police station). They’d be uni-directional lanes past Celtic Park/Emirates towards Braidfauld, following the current Spaces for People lanes. However, they’d take up less room (leaving space for both right-turn lanes and bike lanes at junctions). They’d give permanent protection, including on the section past Celtic Park where segregation was removed. The Clyde Gateway protected junction looks promising but the angled crossroads at Springfield Rd has several issues. Also, why narrow north-side pavements instead of using the derelict space on the south-side?
Last featured: Digest 113, Item 1.4.
Website links: East City Way Facebook post and East City Way survey (13 questions).
Deadline: 15 July 2022.

1.3: LDP2 – Supplementary Guidance Consultation (ERC)

Council: East Renfrewshire.
Subject: ERC is reviewing Supplementary Guidance documents to go with its Local Development Plan 2. They say: “Supplementary Guidance provides further detail about the policies and proposals of the LDP2 and forms a statutory part of the Adopted plan. There are 3 statutory Supplementary Guidance documents on which we are consulting, these are: Affordable Housing; Green Network; and Development Contributions.” This last item can include housebuilders creating paths to join existing networks. There’s also a Householder Design Guide coming out separately to LDP2.
First featured: Digest 47, Item 1.5 (further detail in Digest 48, Item 1.4).
Website links: Supplementary Guidance Consultation (near foot of page).
Deadline: 20 July 2022.

1.4: Greater Pollok Strategic Development Framework

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: South-western corner of Glasgow at edge of M77 and East Renfrewshire. Includes Leverndale, Nitshill, Priesthill and Darnley neighbourhoods.
Subject: The latest SDF follows others for North Glasgow, Inner East, etc. and looks at the economy, environment and transport over the next few decades. This part of Glasgow juts out between Barrhead and Thornliebank so connections with East Renfrewshire are important. It covers part of Dams to Darnley Country Park so has some things in common with the recent Barrhead consultation map. Also, Braidcraft Rd and Brockburn Rd have Spaces for People lanes (as does Corkerhill Rd to north). However, there are some hellish junctions around Silverburn Shopping Centre. Later in the year GCC should write a draft strategy for further consultation.
First featured: Digest 113, Item 1.6.
Website links: Greater Pollok Commonplace map.
Deadline: September 2022.

1.5: Greenock to Battery Park SfP lane

Council: Inverclyde.
Subject: A Spaces for People temporary route between Greenock town centre and a coastal park. A council vote was 9:2 in favour of keeping the lanes for another six months, with a further review in September. Photos in the consultation survey show a mixture of on-road ‘soft’ segregation and painted lanes on footways and across side roads. While some of the junction and bus stop treatments may not be ideal, there seem to be decent protected sections too.
First featured: Digest 108, Item 1.12.
Website links: Greenock Town Centre to Battery Park – Community Engagement and Inverclyde Now article on council vote.
Deadline: No obvious deadline.

1.6: Ayr to Prestwick Active Travel Route

Organisation: Ayrshire Roads Alliance (via consultants Sweco).
Area: South Ayrshire.
Subject: An upgraded active travel route between Ayr and Prestwick. If it goes ahead, it would replace the current NCN7 along the coast, so has potential for cycle tourism as well as local journeys. There are photos of parts of the current route but no plans/visuals. So, it seems to be an early consultation to get comments (and maybe gauge demand?). If so, the more responses the better.
Website links: Ayr to Prestwick survey.
Deadline: 12 August 2022.

1.7: Connecting Battlefield

Map of Connecting Battlefield area
Map with Connecting Battlefield area highlighted

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: Battlefield Road, Grange Road, Langside Road and Queens Drive (between Queen’s Park and Mount Florida).
Subject: A long awaited ‘relaunch’ of the project, which was interrupted by Covid-19. It features an extension to the South City Way cycletrack and major changes to junctions like Battlefield Rest and Mount Florida Corner. The consultation site mentions the Liveable Neighbourhood plans for Langside to Toryglen so hopefully these will dovetail with the Battlefield plans.
Featured: Consultation Extra, February 2020.
Website links: Connecting Battlefield ‘Storymap’ and Connecting Battlefield survey.
Deadline: 14 August 2022.

Section 2: Consultation Feedback

2.1: Byres Road (Traffic Management and Parking Controls) Order 2022

Byres Rd plans at Great Western Rd
A segment of the Byres Rd TRO plans from Gt George St to Gt Western Rd (click to enlarge)

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: GCC say the: “…Order was made on Tuesday 28th June 2022 to introduce parking controls and traffic management to facilitate public realm improvements and the inclusion of cycle lanes and shared use parking. Less stringent modifications specified below:

  • Reduction of the restriction “No waiting at any time, no loading or unloading at any time” at the area of local businesses on the east section between Vinicombe Street and Great Western Road
  • Part of this reduction will be covered under “No waiting at any time, No loading or unloading during 07:00-10:00 and 16:00-19:00 each day” to help during peak hours”

The drawing shows the layout of protected cycle lanes on Byres Rd. While it’s good to see them included, it’s another example of issues with junctions – priority at side streets and being spat out into crossroads. Also, there are sweeping curves for many side streets but sharp angles for the bike lanes; when it should be the other way around.
Website links: Byres Rd TRO plans (PDF).