Footway Access and Active Travel Provision in Dennistoun

The below correspondence was sent to our seven Councillors and the City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction (Cllr Richardson) on 10th May 2020.


I write regarding the issues noted below relating to footway access and active travel provision in the Dennistoun Community Council area and would value your response to the questions identified.

Please note that Dennistoun Coummunity Council’s next meeting will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday 12th May, from 7pm. Full details are available via DennistounCC.org.uk.

On-street domestic bins.

In the majority of instances the introduction of new back court wheelie bins has been a hugely welcome improvement.

In some circumstances, it has been determined that the back court metal dustbins cannot be replaced with new plastic wheelie bins, and the proposed solution is to place large metal bins on the footway (as per the attached letter, shown below). On Friday 24th April this process was underway on Armadale Street, with numerous bins placed on the footway, as per the attached photos, shown below. But by the end of the day the bins had been removed, apparently as a result of Cllr Casey acting in response to complaints received. He placed the following comment online: “I can confirm that after raising this with the executive director of the department the roll out of these bins have now been suspended for this time and the council will now carry out further dialogue with all affected properties to see if there is other arrangements can be made when it is safe to do so.

It would appear that there’s less of a need for these on-street bins than was identified by the the initial Council surveys/inspections (e.g. minor back court alterations could facilitate safe access via a neighbouring property). Thankfully. After seeing the benefits of removing big commercial bins from footways, it would be a step backwards to then introduce numerous similar bins along residential footways.

It seems like Edinburgh commonly opts to site large domestic bins on the carriageway, even in locations with high demand for on-street parking (as per the attached examples, shown below).

The Glasgow City Development Plan includes the following strategic objectives:

  • We want to achieve a City that is a place where it is easy to move around with active travel…
  • Improve opportunities for movement within neighbourhoods […] by active travel and public transport.
  • Reduce non-essential car journeys by restricting parking and designing roads and streets that are pedestrian and cycle friendly.
  • Minimise the impact of strategic road infrastructure on local movement networks.”
  • Repair or replace walking and cycling connections that have been lost through vehicular dominated design.
    …as well as numerous other stated priorities which give precedence to pedestrians over vehicles.

Q1: Where, after the required re-assessment has been carried out, large collective domestic bins are found to be absolutely necessary as an alternative to back court wheelie bins, must those bins be placed on the footway?

Q2: On what basis are Glasgow pedestrians deemed to be the users who are to be inconvenienced, rather than those who want to store their private vehicles on the public road?

Temporary active travel infrastructure and reallocation of space for social distancing.

With current indications being that social distancing is likely to continue to the end of the year, it is encouraging to note that…

  • To better enable physical distancing, the Scottish Government will fully fund a new [£10 million] infrastructure programme for pop-up walking and cycling routes or temporary improvements to existing routes.” [Source: Transport Scotland]
  • Council bosses are looking at 11 locations across the city to change road layouts in a bid to boost cycling and walking and help social distancing.” And Dennistoun is specifically mentioned. [Source: Glasgow Times]
  • Cllr Richardson is actively seeking suggestions for potential schemes. [Source: Cllr tweet]. During a recent Improvement Service Planning For Place webinar Cllr Richardson was one of the speakers advocating strongly for the reallocation of space for social distancing and noted that “Community councils must be at the heart of this“. [Video: https://youtu.be/_IRERSYyZ4I].

Vehicular travel is currently much reduced and a great many more people are walking and cycling. For essential trips, and for exercise. It’s important to make sure people can do this safely under the current social distancing guidance, but also in the coming months and weeks as schools and shops reopen whilst we continue to maintain that social distancing separation.

Frequent problems for walking are already evident due to narrow footways, especially where there are queues outside shop selling food or other essentials. People passing a queue, or even just passing another pedestrian, find it difficult to maintain the 2m distance. In some places people are resorting to using the carriageway to avoid each other.

Many people, especially health staff and key workers, are avoiding the increased risk on public transport, where it’s difficult to properly maintain social distancing. Lowering the risk for public transport staff is also important. Additionally, maintaining the improved local air quality will make it easier for people with breathing problems – recent air pollution has been shown to have a correlation with COVID-19.

Given the right communication, DCC may be well positioned to make a positive contribution to the roll out of such infrastructure reallocation.

Duke Street and Alexandra Parade both present clear opportunities for space reallocation schemes. Other potential exists with the introduction of filtered permeability at multiple locations throughout Dennistoun. Local residential streets should be limited to local traffic, with no rat runs, managed speeds, cleaner air, less noise, and enhanced safety for children and those with mobility issues.

Q3: What schemes are planned for Dennistoun? Will Dennistoun Community Council be directly consulted during the planning phase, or at least notified?

Overhanging vegetation.

Under normal circumstances, this would not tend to be a priority, except in the case of the most extreme examples of obstruction. But with the current situation as it is, priorities have changed substantially.

It is no exaggeration to say that there are multiple instances of vegetation encroaching beyond the heel of the footway contributing toward a severe reduction in available pedestrian space on almost every road in Dennistoun. The Drives between Duke Street and Alexandra Parade being a particular concentration, where household density is amongst the highest in Glasgow (reference map attached, shown below), and pedestrian travel is above average (reference map attached, shown below).

Issuing Notifications to residents who have hedges or other vegetation that encroach upon the footway in any way at all would seem like a very cost effective way to regain some much needed footway space using already existing powers and procedures. This could be carried out quite safely and easily by the relevant officers. It is understood that where compliance is not forthcoming, the Council has the powers to carry out the work and recover the cost.

Q4: Will pro-active enforcement on overhanging and encroaching vegetation be a course of action undertaken, with any necessary follow-up action taken?

Footway parking.

The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 includes provision for a national ban on footway parking. Enforcement of this would be another relatively easy way to maximise the usable space of the existing footway space.

Q5: When does enforcement of the ban on footway parking begin, and will resources be prioritised to maximise that enforcement?

On-street secure cycle parking.

Minutes from our May 2019 meeting note that an on-street secure cycle parking locker pilot scheme included a proposal for 3 sites in the Dennistoun area (one on Armadale Street, and two in Haghill).

Q6: What is the status of the proposals for on-street secure cycle parking locker sites in Dennistoun/Haghill?

Kind regards…

Bin Replacement Programme Letter
Bin Replacement Programme Letter
Armadale Street 2020-04-20
Armadale Street 2020-04-20 (Click/tap image to view larger version)
Edinburgh Carriageway On-street Bins
Edinburgh Carriageway On-street Bins (Click/tap image to view larger version)
Household Density
Household Density (Click/tap image to view larger version)
Travel To Work Or Study On Foot
Travel To Work Or Study On Foot (Click/tap image to view larger version)

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Coronavirus Advice

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Restricted Parking Zone Frequently Asked Questions

RPZ FAQ
RPZ FAQ

The full set of documentation and information about the proposed parking controls, 20 mph speed limits and various new one way streets for Dennistoun can be found in our previous post, which includes drawings and public exhibition details.

However, it is evident that a more accessible version of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document may be of use in instances where the PDF or JPEG formats are not ideal or preferred. Accordingly, the applicable FAQ information provided by Glasgow City Council is reproduced below.

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Dennistoun and Royston Restricted Parking Zone Proposal

Dennistoun and Royston Restricted Parking Zone Proposal (shown in pink, compared to existing Glasgow RPZs)
Dennistoun and Royston Restricted Parking Zone Proposal (shown in pink, compared to existing Glasgow RPZs)

Glasgow City Council is proposing parking controls, 20 mph speed limits and various new one way streets for Dennistoun as part of the ‘Dennistoun and Royston Parking Controls’ proposal. These proposals can be viewed via glasgow.gov.uk/dennistounandroyston.

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Bellgrove Meat Market and Abattoir Site – Objection to Planning Application

Proposed Site Plan of the Bellgrove Meat Market and Abattoir Development
Proposed Site Plan of the Bellgrove Meat Market and Abattoir Development

The following objection to planning application reference 19/01220/FUL for the land at Duke Street and Bellgrove Street has been submitted to Glasgow City Council by Dennistoun Community Council, as per our ordinary meeting held on 11th June 2019.

Dennistoun Community Council (DCC) generally welcomes many aspects of the proposed development at this site, and various elements of the submission are to be commended. However, there is a serious shortcoming. This development only includes one- and two-bedroom dwellings. Not one single flat has three or more bedrooms.

Succesful placemaking and urban planning of balanced and inclusive neighbourhoods, with a diverse mix of well-supported community facilities, should account for parents wishing to raise children. An appropriate supply of homes is critical in attracting and retaining families in an area that can grow and thrive sustainably. This development represents a significant opportunity to offer new opportunities for urban family living that would be missed if it is approved without provision for a suitable mix of households.

By way of comparison to this proposal, it is noted that initial New Gorbals regeneration developments included a significant proportion of family-sized homes: half of those properties included three or more bedrooms.

DCC identifies the following GCC policies as directly relevant to this matter:

– The Glasgow City Development Plan 2017 identifies a Strategic Outcome of “A thriving and sustainable place to live and work“. It states that “We want to achieve a City that is made up of sustainable, vibrant and distinctive places which are well-designed, accessible, safe, healthy and inclusive, and which provide for the City’s growing and diverse population.” CDP 1 (‘The Placemaking principle’) identifies the need to encourage “social cohesion” and “building diversity (lifelong living)” as part of “healthy urban planning control”. CDP 10 (‘Meeting Housing Needs’) states that “The focus of the Council’s approach is on ensuring that good quality places are created, with a mix of accommodation to suit different household types“.

– The Glasgow City Council Strategic Plan 2017 to 2022 makes a commitment to “Empower our citizens, giving them a stake, and a say, in what happens in their local communities and communities of interest“. It pledges to deliver “A Thriving Economy, A Vibrant City, A Sustainable and Low Carbon City, Resilient and Empowered Neighbourhoods, A Well Governed City that Listens and Responds“.

– Glasgow City Centre Strategy 2014–19 identifes nine City Districts. This development is adjacent to two of them. Of the six Core Objectives given, one is ‘Stay and Live’, pledging “To encourage new developments […]; to attract a variety of residents including professionals, families, down-sizers and students […]“.

If GCC is to adhere to those policies, the proposed application must be rejected with a requirement that any subsequently approved development includes suitable provision for the required balance of households.

– Dennistoun Community Council

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Birkenshaw Street Planning Application

Birkenshaw Street Development - Visualisation from Cumbernauld Road looking East
Visualisation from Cumbernauld Road, looking East

Updated planning application reference 18/03663/FUL has been submitted by Create Architecture, on behalf of the developer Stanton Brook Estates, for the erection of 48 flatted dwellings, associated access, parking and open space, on land at Birkenshaw Street.

Birkenshaw Street Development - Proposed Site Plan
Proposed Site Plan

The full application can be viewed on the Glasgow City Council planning portal, here.

Click on any of these images to view larger versions that will show more detail.

Birkenshaw Street Development - Proposed Elevations (top to bottom: NE, NW, SE, SW)
Proposed Elevations (top to bottom: NE, NW, SE, SW)

The last date for comments is Wednesday 3rd July 2019.

The updated target date for a decision has not been published.

Birkenshaw Street Development - Visualisation from Birkenshaw Street looking South
Visualisation from Birkenshaw Street, looking South

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Bellgrove Meat Market and Abattoir Site Planning Application

Visualisation of the view from Kings Cross (junction of Bellgrove Street, Duke Street and Westercraigs)
Visualisation of the view from Kings Cross (junction of Bellgrove Street, Duke Street and Westercraigs)

Planning application reference 19/01220/FUL has been submitted by JTP Architects, on behalf of the developer Home Group, for the erection of a residential development with commercial unit, associated parking and landscaping, on land at Duke Street and Bellgrove Street.

Proposed Site Plan of the Bellgrove Meat Market and Abattoir Development
Proposed Site Plan of the Bellgrove Meat Market and Abattoir Development

The full application can be viewed on the Glasgow City Council planning portal, here.

A schedule of the types of proposed accommodation can be viewed on this PDF.

Click on any of these images to view larger versions that will show more detail.

The last date for comments is Thursday 27th June 2019.

The target date for a decision is Friday 20th September 2019.

Proposed Elevations Sheet 1
Proposed Elevations Sheet 1
Proposed Elevations Sheet 2
Proposed Elevations Sheet 2

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Correction Regarding Meat Market and Abattoir Site Public Exhibition

The public exhibition of proposals for the meat market and abattoir site took place on Thursday 24th January (yesterday), rather than Friday 25th January (today), as originally noted in our previous post. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Please do leave a comment on the previous post (or get in touch directly) to share your thoughts about how you feel the updated plans for the site would (or wouldn’t) benefit and complement our community life and spaces here in Dennistoun, Haghill, and other surrounding areas.

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Meat Market and Abattoir Site Public Exhibition

Edited on 25th January 2019 at 14:50: Date corrected from Fri 25th to Thu 24th, to reflect that the meeting had already taken place when this post was uploaded. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Proposal at Bellgrove Street and Duke Street
Proposal at Bellgrove Street and Duke Street

A planning and architectural public exhibition for the former meat market and abattoir site at Duke Street and Bellgrove Street was held in Dennistoun Library from 2:30pm to 7:30pm on Thursday 24th January 2019. Please do leave a comment below (or get in touch directly) to share your thoughts about how you feel the updated plans for the site would (or wouldn’t) benefit and complement our community life and spaces here in Dennistoun, Haghill, and other surrounding areas.

Meat Market Masterplan 01
Meat Market Masterplan 01
Meat Market Masterplan 02
Meat Market Masterplan 02

See here for a pdf with detail additional to the above masterplan images.

See here for a reGlasgow article on the proposals with more visualisation images.

See here for the previous DCC write up about plans for the site.

See here for information about a recent consultation seeking views on potential uses for the cattle market sheds (which are being dealt with as a separate site to these proposals).

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