Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 143, 07 September 2023

Further developments…

More Development Plans and next steps for Connecting Woodside and Liveable Neighbourhoods. A replacement hospital and junctions. Also, Glasgow has a second attempt at a Framework consultation.

Forthcoming Consultations

Cowan Park Masterplan
East Renfrewshire Council will consult about improvements to Cowan Park, Barrhead (near Dams to Darnley) in October. See: Cowan Park Commonplace website.

Further consultations on Liveable Neighbourhoods
Mansewood to Shawlands and Pollokshields (East) to Gorbals: surveys are due shortly.

(new consultations in bold)

1: Current Consultations

  1. Replacement University Hospital Monklands
  2. Pollok Roundabout Replacement
  3. City Development Plan Scheme Participation
  4. Royston to Hogganfield Liveable Neighbourhoods
  5. Yoker to Whiteinch Liveable Neighbourhoods
  6. Glasgow Transport Strategy – Spatial Delivery Framework
  7. Local Development Plan for North Lanarkshire
  8. Connecting Woodside – Phase 2 (St George’s Road)
  9. Waiting to Happen (junctions consultation)
  10. Doon Valley Trail

2: Consultation Feedback

None this time.

3: Proposed Traffic Regulation Orders

  1. East Ayrshire TROs
  2. East Dunbartonshire TROs
  3. Glasgow City TROs & Traffic Calming
  4. North Lanarkshire TROs

Section 1: Current Consultations
(in date order for responses)

1.1: Replacement University Hospital Monklands

Organisation: NHS Lanarkshire.
Subject: New build replacement for Monklands Hospital, moving it to the former Wester Moffat farm (at the eastern edge of Airdrie). The planning application shows an active travel route from Towers Rd (near Drumgelloch train station). This will include a brand new pedestrian/cycle bridge over the North Calder Water to the west entrance of the hospital. Another plan shows a cycle parking store at the north-west corner (and what may be a shared path around the west of the building). However, there’s still a stretch of NCN75 on the A89 road east to Caldercruix. There’s potential for an off road connection going east from these new paths but nothing is shown in the plans. Any eastern path may have to go under the viaduct of the proposed East Airdrie Link Road (a.k.a. Airdrie Bypass) which North Lanarkshire Council is due to build alongside the site.
Featured: Digest 107, 1.8.
Website links: New hospital planning application.
Deadline: 9 September 2023.

1.2: Pollok Roundabout Replacement

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: Replacement for Pollok roundabout (Peat Road, Barrhead Rd and Braidcraft Rd). It’s a collision blackspot and barrier to active travel near Silverburn shopping centre. The consultation mentions safety and active travel. However, the aims are all about reducing journey times for cars and buses (design funded by SPT). The proposal would replace the current three-ring circus of a roundabout with an even more complex signal-controlled double junction (add your own clown joke!). The plan has nine lanes on Barrhead Rd and would require six crossings to get from one side to the other. It could easily take 15 minutes or more for pedestrians to cross the road(s). There’s no segregated cycling infrastructure, possibly as plans date from 2016, before updated Cycling by Design guidance. An Information Day was held on 10 August at Pollok Civic Realm. Feedback from the event said the staff had little sympathy for cycling.
Website links: Pollok Roundabout plans and Pollok Roundabout survey.
Deadline: 21 September 2023.

1.3: City Development Plan Scheme Participation

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: GCC say: “The Development Plan is Glasgow’s land-use plan that sets out strategic land use changes in the city for a 20 year period. This short survey is intended to engage interested parties on how best the Council can engage with citizens and stakeholders during the production of the city’s next Development Plan over the next 5 years.” So, engagement about engagement? The survey asks if you think GCC’s plans to promote the plan are sufficient or not.
Website links: Plan Scheme survey.
Deadline: 27 September 2023.

1.4: Royston to Hogganfield Liveable Neighbourhoods

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: The Liveable Neighbourhoods project aims to improve active travel links and placemaking in sections of the city. The Royston to Hogganfield area is part of ‘Tranche 2’, which had a consultation in February 2023. The plans that came out of that are now up for comment. There are seven projects, mostly in Royston and Germiston, with one in Hogganfield. They include a plan to put an active travel route through the former St Rollox train works between Royston and the retail park. Also, to simplify paths between Royston Rd and Castle St. Other projects in the area include Royston Road MasterplanFlourishing Molendinar (Blackhill) and the replacement for Barlinnie Prison.
Consultation events are already underway…
Outdoor pop-up events:
9 September (1100 – 1300) – Alexandra Park by the Saracen Fountain.
Drop-in sessions:
7 September (1230 – 1400) – Molendinar Community Centre;
13 September (1800 – 1930) – Roystonhill Community Hub.
Featured: Digest 129, 1.8.
Website links: Royston to Hogganfield plans and survey.
Deadline: 01 October 2023.

1.5: Yoker to Whiteinch Liveable Neighbourhoods

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: Yoker to Whiteinch is also a ‘Tranche 2’ Liveable Neighbourhood. It has eight potential projects spread across the area. Most involve crossing improvements with one replacing an underpass at Victoria Park Drive South. There’s also some potential modal filters in Scotstoun and Hawick St (using bollards, planters, etc. to block through car traffic but still allow bikes and pedestrians). Some of the major roads, like Anniesland Road/Kingsway, will be picked up by the City Network program instead. LN’s are only funded to this stage as a whole so each individual project will need to get funding for detailed design and construction. However, the national funding for active travel projects has been increasing and is due to rise further to 10% of the Scottish transport budget (as asked for by Pedal on Parliament). Consultation events have already started…
Outdoor pop-up events:
10 September (11:00 – 13:00) Yoker Park playground.
Drop-in sessions:
5 Sept (12:30 – 14:00) Whiteinch Community Centre;
6 Sept (18:00 – 19:30) Heart of Scotstoun Centre.
Featured: Digest 129, 1.7.
Website links: Yoker to Whiteinch plans and survey.
Deadline: 01 October 2023.

1.6: Glasgow Transport Strategy – Spatial Delivery Framework

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: A second attempt at this consultation, which seemed to have a false start last month (and still has a broken link to the Transport Strategy – fixed below). The Spatial Delivery Framework covers some important parts of the strategy like the Bus Priority CorridorsActive Travel NetworkMobility HubsFreight HubsRoad Hierarchy and the Environmental Report. Online sessions with stakeholders are taking place during September and early October.
Website links: Spatial Delivery Framework survey and Glasgow Transport Strategy information.
Deadline: 12 October 2023.

1.7: Local Development Plan for North Lanarkshire

Council: North Lanarkshire.
Subject: NLC say: “The LDP… sets out the policies and proposals for future land use and development in North Lanarkshire. For example, it will guide where new housing, business and infrastructure will be located. …we want to make sure everyone with an interest can get involved. To help with this, we have prepared a draft Participation Statement.”
But, since the Participation Statement is a PDF file: “Accessibility: These files may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Please contact us to request an accessible format.” Sigh…
Website links: NLLDP2: Participation Statement Survey.
Deadline: 13 October 2023.

1.8: Connecting Woodside – Phase 2 (St George’s Road)

St George’s Road by St George's Place, Connecting Woodside
Plan of St George’s Road past Woodside Library, part of Connecting Woodside (click to enlarge)

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: Updated plans for St George’s Road, between Charing Cross and N Woodside Rd. The 2-way protected cycleway will connect from the existing Avenue on Sauchiehall St and eventually link into existing infra next to Garscube Rd. There are some changes to junctions and new crossings along the route. The plans include the more direct crossing option at Phoenix Rd/Maryhill Rd. Also, there’s a rare sighting of a continuous pavement; at a side access road (with barrier) next to Woodside Library. Nearby is a novel cycle crossing going diagonally across a pedestrian crossing (with bike light phase apparently). Two side roads were already going to be restricted: Clarendon Place will be stopped up (opened at other end) and Glenfarg St will be filtered. Lastly, a cycle maintenance station has been added to the plans between Grant St and W Princes St (handy for the M8 off-ramp!).
Featured: Digest 121 (1.13).
Website links: St George’s Rd survey (the ‘Storymap’ link is broken).
Deadline: 20 October 2023.

1.9: Waiting to Happen (junctions consultation)

Company: New Practice (architecture practice).
Subject: Community engagement by the practice where Emma Burke Newman worked. She was killed by an HGV driver while cycling at the George V bridge/Broomielaw junction, near the casino, in February 2023. This consultation is about that junction and two others – Gorbals St at the Clutha Vaults pub and Albert Bridge/Clyde St (by the High Court). NP say: “These junctions are our focus of study as they feel like incidents-waiting-to-happen, and one is the site of Emma’s death.” Diagrams show movements around each junction (and include the council’s plans for the South City Way extension at the Clutha). New Practice carried out previous consultations like George Square and have applied their knowledge to make a user friendly page. “We want to hear your experiences when walking, wheeling, scooting, or as a driver to help inform solutions specific to these locations and create systems for a safer city for us all.”
Featured: Digest 141, 1.7.
Website links: Waiting to Happen consultation page.
Deadline: No obvious deadline (but New Practice say they’ll review the submissions and present to councillors).

1.10: Doon Valley Trail

Organisation: Ayrshire Roads Alliance.
Subject: An active travel route between the southern outskirts of Ayr, South Ayrshire (near Ailsa Hospital) and Loch Doon, East Ayrshire. ARA say: “The project is currently at Phase 1 (Preparation & Brief), which includes the identification of a project Study Area and the key Constraints and Opportunities located within. The purpose of this public consultation is to inform the public of the project and to invite feedback on the project Study Area, the Constraints and Opportunities located within and any other features that the Design Team should consider.” Unfortunately, the three public events already took place in early August (in Dalrymple, Patna and Dalmellington). However, there’s an interactive map to comment on and an email address.
Website links: Doon Valley Trail public consultation page and Doon Valley interactive map.
Deadline: No obvious deadline.

Section 2: Consultation Feedback

None this time.

Section 3: Proposed Traffic Regulation Orders

3.1: East Ayrshire TROs

East Ayrshire Council logo

Subject: TROs for road humps on Dean Road, Kilmarnock and B743, Glasgow Road Muirkirk. Further TROs for Disabled Persons parking places and a Zebra Crossing on Kirkton Road, Fenwick.
Website links: see above.

3.2: East Dunbartonshire TROs

East Dunbartonshire Council logo

Subject: Off-street parking amendments – deadline: 25 September 2023.
Website links: East Dunbartonshire TROs.

3.3: Glasgow City TROs and Traffic Calming

Glasgow City Council logo

Subject: TRO for South Portland St (Avenues Plus), deadline: 22 September 2023.
Website links: Glasgow City Proposed TROs and Glasgow City Proposed Traffic Calming Schemes.

3.4: North Lanarkshire TROs

North Lanarkshire Council logo

Subject: Parking restrictions for an unnamed road off B8048 Kirkintilloch Road, Cumbernauld (next to a garage near Broadwood Stadium).
Website links: North Lanarkshire TRO (B8048).