Consultation Digest (Local) Issue 161, 20 June 2024

Looking out…

While Scotland’s outlook at Euro 2024 may be nervy…

Glasgow City Council want us to look out for others on the roads (and not park in bus stops). Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire are looking ahead to new strategies/plans. There are also new plans for the former abbatoir in the East End. The ongoing pre-election/‘purdah’ period is due to end at the time of the next issue…

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

1.1: Liveable Neighbourhoods Tranche 3

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: GCC program to “rebalance the way streets are designed and used” and “placing walking, wheeling, cycling and public transport as a first, and logical choice for everyday journeys.” The latest ‘Tranche’ of neighbourhoods include: Cardonald to Mosspark, Knightswood to Anniesland, Lambhill to Milton and Ruchazie to Easterhouse. They include destinations like Bellahouston Park, Glasgow BMX Centre, Lambhill Stables and The Fort Shopping Centre. All four areas are around the edge of the city boundary – cross-border connections to other councils will be important as well as links between neighbourhoods. Drop-in events have passed.
Website links: Liveable Neighbourhoods Tranche 3.
Deadline: “June 2024”.

1.2: Travel Renfrewshire 2035

Council: Renfrewshire.
Subject: Local Transport Strategy for Renfrewshire – consultants Aecom are working with the council. The most relevant point on the consultation page for GoBike is: “new walking, wheeling and cycling routes including a new route along the White Cart river between Paisley and Renfrew.” Predictably, it doesn’t mention dropping the plan for a cycleway on Causeyside St, Paisley. Nor the Spaces for People routes removed, like at Howwood. There’s an online map and survey to contribute to.
Website links: Renfrewshire LTS consultation pageRenfrewshire LTS online feedback survey and Renfrewshire LTS online comment map.
Deadline: 27 June 2024.

1.3: Sustainable Transport Behaviour Change Campaigns 23/24

Don't be a Bus Blocker ad

Council: Glasgow City.
Subject: Survey to help the evaluate two campaigns: ‘Let’s Look Out for Each Other’ and ‘Don’t be a Bus Blocker’. The former is similar to previous ‘share with care’ campaigns in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic (although it comes after Highway Code changes in 2022). The video shows idealised, polite reactions on road/lane/pavement (including what appears to be the South West City Way extension on St Andrews Drive). The latter is a poster/bus ad campaign specifically about cars/vans parking at bus stops. While these might not win any awards they do address issues with road use and car parking that don’t get much attention. So, it may be worth supporting the principle behind the campaigns even if we have criticisms of the actual ads themselves.
Website links: Sustainable Transport Behaviour Change Campaigns survey.
Deadline: 28 July 2024.

1.4: South Lanarkshire – Local Development Plan 3 (LDP3)

Council: South Lanarkshire.
Subject: Plan to “set out how our places will look in the future including where new homes and workplaces could be built and the areas that will be protected. There will be a strong emphasis on improving the quality of places as well as addressing the challenges of climate change and the protection and enhancement of biodiversity.”
Website links: South Lanarkshire View article and LDP3 webpage (including survey link).
Deadline: 30 September 2024.

Section 2: Consultation Feedback

2.1: Meat Market sheds regeneration update

Meatmarket plan for sheds with sports centre
Plans for the area under the Meat Market sheds and the land next to them

Organisation: Meat Market Regeneration Community Interest Company.
Subject: Further update about regeneration of the former abbatoir site in the East End. The phase 1 flats built on Duke St and Bellgrove St are mostly complete with more being built to the west. A ‘linear park’ is due to run west-east in between the flats and the sheds, which sit over the railway. The new plans are for a sports hub, padel tennis courts, bar/bistro, events space, enterprise centre/co-working space and an up-cycling centre (with workshop and showrooms). Also: “Through a future phase and from a separate building, an active travel hub will be part of the wider vision and embedded in this unified vision for the site.” GoBike understands this to be the former commissioner’s house on Melbourne St, by the western wall and gate to the site. This fits with the Barras (North) TRO for Melbourne St, Calton for a segregated cycleway on Melbourne St from Duke St down to the gate (Digest 158, 3.1). We look forward to plans for the hub itself in due course.
Featured: Digest 141, 2.1.
Website links: 
ReGlasgow article about Meatmarket sheds.

Section 3: Proposed Traffic Regulation Orders

3.1: Glasgow City TROs and Traffic Calming

Subject: TROs include further School Streets, Gartloch Rd (speed limit), Dougrie Dr (near The Braes shopping centre) and ongoing Holland St works.
Website links: GCC Proposed Traffic Regulation Orders and GCC Proposed Traffic Calming Schemes.