Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 120, 29 September 2022

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).

Forthcoming consultations:

Local Action Plan Survey – Giffnock, Eaglesham and Clarkston
(including Netherlee and Williamwood), East Renfrewshire

Public drop-in events

  • Eastwood House: Tuesday 4 October, 9.30am – 11am; Wednesday 5 October, 3pm – 7pm.  
  • Clarkston Hall: Tuesday 18 October, 9.30am – 11am; Wednesday 19 October, 3pm – 7pm. 
  • Eglinton Arms Hotel: Tuesday 1 November, 9.30am – 11am & 3.30pm – 7pm. 

Online surveys for Clarkston, Giffnock and Eaglesham:
3 October until 14 November 2022.

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

1: Current Consultations

  1. Greenock to Battery Park SfP lane
  2. Dummy Railway path
  3. Ruchill Street Placemaking
  4. Langside Monument public realm
  5. Toryglen Streets for People
  6. Irvine housing developments
  7. Meadowhead Road (Craigneuk) Active Travel and Road Safety Improvement
  8. South Central Local Development Framework (SCLDF)
  9. Loans to Troon active travel path – Phase 3

2: Consultation Feedback

  1. Hawthorn St TRO made

3: Proposed Traffic Calming/Traffic Regulation Orders

  1. Glasgow City Traffic Calming/TROs

1: Current Consultations
(in date order for responses)

1.1: Greenock to Battery Park SfP lane

Council: Inverclyde.
Subject: A Spaces for People temporary route between Greenock town centre and a coastal park. A vote by the council’s environment and regeneration committee was 9:2 in favour of keeping the lanes for another six months. A further review is due in September with the next committee meeting in late October. The 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.
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.

1.2: Dummy Railway path

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: Path between Ruchill and Possilpark near Panmure St.
Subject: A confusing nickname given to at least two old railways around Possil (and one in Paisley). In this case it refers to the former line from Panmure St, north of the canal, to Balmore Rd. The current path is narrow and has some steps so the plan is to upgrade it and add links to existing housing and a new estate. This comes from the Ruchill to Cowlairs Liveable Neighbourhood project.
Featured: Digest 118, Item 1.8.
Website links: LN Tranche 2 projects ‘storymap’ and Dummy Railway survey
Deadline: 7 October 2022.

1.3: Ruchill Street Placemaking

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: Another project from the Ruchill to Cowlairs Liveable Neighbourhood. The visuals showing cycling and walking are positive but it’s only an initial design. Whether or not Ruchill St ever looks anything like that may depend on the response to the consultation.
Featured: Digest 118, Item 1.9.
Website links: LN Tranche 2 projects ‘storymap’ and Ruchill St survey.
Deadline: 7 October 2022.

1.4: Langside Monument public realm

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: A project from the Langside to Toryglen LN. It would change the road layout around the monument at the junction of Langside Ave and Battlefield Rd. Removing the road to the north of it would join it onto Queen’s Park near the glasshouse. Another feature would be adding trees and planting.
Featured: Digest 118, Item 1.10.
Website links: LN Tranche 2 projects ‘storymap’ and Langside Monument survey.
Deadline: 7 October 2022.

1.5: Toryglen Streets for People

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: Another project from the Langside to Toryglen LN. This would link a network of paths and streets, like Lubas Ave and Ardnahoe Ave, and add trees and planting. Also, slides and colourful crossings feature in the visuals (perhaps inspired by multi-coloured crossings in Dumbarton and elsewhere).
Featured: Digest 118, Item 1.11.
Website links: LN Tranche 2 projects ‘storymap’ and Toryglen Streets for People survey.
Deadline: 7 October 2022.

1.6: Irvine housing developments

Gatehouses at south entrance to Ayrshire Central Hospital
Art Deco gatehouses at the southern entrance to the Ayrshire Central Hospital site

Council: North Ayrshire
Subject: Two sites are being redeveloped – part of Ayrshire Central Hospital’s grounds and Montgomerie Park in Irvine, either side of the A78. Both housing plans include accessible homes and walking/cycling links. Montgomerie Park seems to include a cycle path alongside the site, which links to an existing off-road path, but there isn’t much detail. Each development is due to have an in-person consultation event – Ayrshire Central Hospital on Tuesday 11 October and Montgomerie Park on Wednesday 26 October (no detail on venues/times).
Website links: Ayrshire Central Hospital consultation and Montgomerie Park consultation.
Deadline: 28 October 2022.

1.7: Meadowhead Road (Craigneuk) Active Travel and Road Safety Improvement

Meadowhead Rd, Craigneuk map
Meadowhead Road highlighted on map between Ravenscraig (to north) and Wishaw (to south-east)

Council: North Lanarkshire.
Area: Craigneuk area between Ravenscraig and Wishaw (near Shieldmuir train station).
Subject: ‘Take 2’ for this street after a previous attempt at active travel improvements hit the skids. The Meadowhead Rd plans from 2020 included rain gardens, to add speed chicanes, and changes to car parking. Some residents took issue with the latter – the project was delayed and then lost funding. The new plans widen the north footway to a 3m shared path. The road is a bus route, which had previously ruled out speed bumps, but the new plans add half a dozen speed tables. Craigneuk has had issues with speeding from cars, quad bikes and trail bikes. However, the latter had reduced since the Wishawhill Wood Pump Track was built to the east of the railway. A path goes east from the pump track to Wishaw’s Main St. Meadowhead Rd could connect between it and the recent Ravenscraig Active Travel Link path, going north to the new playpark by the Regional Sports Centre.
Featured: Digest 80, Item 1.2.
Website links: Meadowhead Rd consultation webpage and Meadowhead Rd ‘storymap’.
Deadline: 30 October 2022.

1.8: South Central Local Development Framework (SCLDF)

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: South of the river from Kinning Park round to Oatlands and down to Shawlands (excluding Pollokshields).
Subject: Toryglen is also included in the ‘South Central’ area for this Local Development Framework. Apparently, it’s less urgent than a Strategic Development Framework (SDF). The neighbourhoods involved vary from less well off Govanhill to affluent Strathbungo. Also, the map of the area shows how it overlaps with the Riverside SDF between the Barclays site and the Squinty Bridge.
Featured: Digest 118, Item 1.12.
Website links: Transforming Communities Glasgow webpage.
Deadline: 31 October 2022.

1.9: Loans to Troon active travel path – Phase 3

Existing cycleway near completion on Buchan Rd, Troon
The Phase 2 cycleway nearing completion in May 2021 on Buchan Rd, Troon

Organisation: Ayrshire Roads Alliance (ARA).
Subject: Another second attempt at a consultation. This path and 2-way cycletrack built in Troon as a Places for Everyone project is to be extended to the village of Loans, South Ayrshire. ARA say: “Phase 3 will complement the completed Phase 1, from Troon Train Station to Dundonald Road via Harling Drive, and Phase 2, through Marr College playing fields to Muirhead Primary School.” This consultation has two options about which way to take the Buchan Rd path. Both are residential streets with on-street car parking – Lochlea Ave or North Dr (which leads to an existing path to Loans). A previous consultation had detailed plans for one-way streets but that isn’t mentioned this time. There’s a map to comment on and a detailed survey.
Website links: Loans to Troon consultation/survey and ARA consultation page.
Deadline: 4 November 2022.

2: Consultation Feedback

2.1: Hawthorn St TRO made

Hawthorn St highlighted on Glasgow map
Hawthorn St, part of the east-west B808 route with Bilsland Dr

Council: Glasgow City.
Area: Hawthorn St, Springburn/Possilpark, North Glasgow.
Subject: The TRO for Hawthorn St was made on 20th September. The original TRO included Bilsland Dr as well – hopefully it will follow. This one comes after another four Spaces for People TROs were made permanent in the last issue.
Featured: Digest 106, Item 1.6.
Website links: Hawthorn St plan 1, Hawthorn St plan 2 (also available at GCC TRO page).

3: Proposed Traffic Calming/TROs

3.1: Glasgow City Traffic Calming/TROs

Glasgow City Council logo

Areas: City-wide.
Subject: TROs – There are the five ‘made’ TROs for Spaces for People projects plus proposed TROs for Leeside Dr and a few for Carmunnock Rd.
Traffic Calming – Edinburgh Rd (service road), Garrowhill; Eskbank Road, Greenfield; Houldsworth St, Anderston; Kittochside Rd, Carmunnock; Linkwood Dr, Drumchapel; Wardie Rd, Easterhouse.
Website links: Glasgow City Proposed Traffic Calming Schemes; Glasgow City Proposed TROs.

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