Response to Inner East Strategic Development Framework Consultation

A PDF version of this consultation response is available here.

Vision and Principles

DCC welcomes the vision identified by the draft Inner East Strategic Development Framework (SDF):

  • That the Inner East will become a series of interconnected walkable and liveable neighbourhoods, creating a vibrant, inclusive, liveable and well-connected people friendly place.
  • That the Inner East will be a city district that is; climate resilient; fosters creativity and opportunity; promotes social cohesion, health and wellbeing and economic prosperity.
  • A transformation of Glasgow’s Inner East that focuses on people, place and planet to meet the demands of climate change.
  • To increase the East End’s appeal and attractiveness to future residents, investors, workers and visitors.
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Response to Low Emission Zone Consultation

A PDF version of this consultation response is available here.

Whilst the coverage of the city centre Paramics model encompasses fully both proposed LEZ boundaries, the coverage does not include fully routes which non-compliant vehicles may be displaced onto and is apparently just moving the problem to residential areas near the eastern boundary.

Despite the consultation to understand the impacts of displaced vehicles within the city centre and wider area the assumption appears to be that by 2023 the majority of vehicles on the road needing access to the LEZ area will be compliant.

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Shaping the Future of Dennistoun

Inner East Strategic Development Framework
Inner East Strategic Development Framework

Glasgow City Council (GCC) has published a draft Strategic Development Framework (SDF) for the Inner East area. This includes Dennistoun.

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Follow-up on Spaces for People ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhood’ scheme in Dennistoun

Glasgow City Council (GCC) recently responded to the most recent query from Dennistoun Community Council (DCC) in an ongoing dialogue regarding the Spaces for People ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhood’ scheme in Dennistoun.

Prior related posts on this can be viewed here, here, and here. Questions below are those asked by DCC on 11th May 2021 as per the third of those linked pages. Answers are those provided by GCC on 8th June 2021.

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Update on Spaces for People ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhood’ scheme in Dennistoun

An update on the Dennistoun Community Council (DCC) enquiry sent on 15th March 2021 regarding the Spaces for People (SfP) ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhood’ scheme in Dennistoun, asking ten questions arising.

Glasgow City Council responded on 12th April 2021. That response was discussed at the DCC planning meeting held on 13th April 2021.

DCC then submitted comments and questions in return, to GCC, on 11th May 2021. It was copied to Dennistoun Ward Councillors Allan Casey, Kim Long and Elaine McDougall; Cllr Anna Richardson (City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction); and Sustrans Scotland.

Original DCC (March 2021) questions in black; GCC (April 2021) responses in blue; latest DCC (May 2021) comments and questions in green.

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Spaces for People ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhood’ Scheme in Dennistoun

We write regarding the Spaces for People ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhood’ scheme in Dennistoun and further to the Dennistoun Community Council (DCC) Statement on Traffic and Streetscape published on Monday 7th December 2020, which was sent to all Dennistoun and Calton Ward Councillors and Cllr Anna Richardson (as City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction).

This was followed-up with further discussion at the January and February DCC meetings, which were attended by local Councillors and are minuted here: dennistouncc.org.uk/minutes.

Our most recent DCC meeting, held on 9th March 2021, was attended by more than a dozen members of the public wishing to discuss the scheme. Additionally, approximately 30 items of correspondence have been recently received by DCC, expressing a broad range of sentiments on the scheme. Many residents are greatly concerned by the lack of clear communication from GCC. Notably, some common themes have emerged, regardless of whether sentiment is broadly for or against:

  • Better, safer, provision around schools is generally supported in principle;
  • Better, safer, active travel provision and public transport as a general principle are supported;
  • It is felt that the new no entries and one ways have rerouted traffic, for reasons that have not been clearly explained, to minimal or no obvious benefit at best, or to a clear detriment at worst;
  • Reasons for particular dissatisfaction or concern include: road safety issues created arising from non-compliance of vehicular traffic; increases in volumes of traffic on roads not suited to it; removal of contraflow cycling provision and overall available roadspace; noise concerns; and potential pollution and air quality issues arising if traffic levels are not sufficiently reduced as a counter to the longer through routes created.

DCC therefore seeks answers to the following questions:

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Dennistoun and You?

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Dennistoun, and the neighbourhoods and communities within it make up a positive, inclusive area that Dennistoun Community Council (DCC) is proud to be a part of. The community councillors of DCC strive to understand, coordinate, and express your views and priorities.

This website is exactly ten years old! We’ve had a presence on Facebook and Twitter for very nearly as long, too. More recently, we added Instagram to the fold. The Community Council has a history that goes back much further than that, though.

The menu bar on our site has a tag cloud of ‘subjects mentioned’ if you fancy browsing through some of the things we’ve been involved in during the past decade. Or you can start from the beginning of the site, here. And all the approved minutes are available for reference, too.

As we look to build on past activities and move forward towards a future through, and beyond, our current situation, we’re looking for organisations who are active in the Dennistoun area, or individuals who would like to be more involved without necessarily becoming one of the current community councillors, to join DCC as Associate Members up to October 2021. At that point we’ll review Associate Members for a 12-month term at our AGM.

Do you have any particular skills, knowledge or experience which you would like to share with DCC? For example, could you work with us on any of the following:

  • promoting Dennistoun as a positive and inclusive neighbourhood;
  • responding to local issues regarding crime and community safety, planning and development, quality and improvement of local services, facilities and amenities;
  • working to promote the arts and/or sports as part of local regeneration.

You don’t need to be based or live within our community council boundary.

If interested, please email us as hello@dennistouncc.org.uk to tell us how you would like to be involved, before our next Ordinary Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 9th March.

To get DCC updates delivered to your inbox, enter your email address into the box in the menu section of this site and click Subscribe Now! (To the left of the screen in desktop view, or via the menu button at the top of the screen in mobile view). Easy to unsubscribe from at any time.

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Statement on Food Waste Bins

A PDF version of this statement is available here.

Letters were received by some Dennistoun residents (see attached photos) relating to the food waste collection in flats, which seemed even vaguer than letters that have also just come out recently in Dennistoun around bins being moved from back courts out on to the streets. This one states “Your food waste bin has been removed from the bin area due to health and safety reasons (i.e. persistent contamination or unsafe for our collection crews to empty the bins from your property).” No dates were given, nor any point of contact.

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Statement on Bin Collection and Placement

A PDF version of this statement is available here.

This statement is a response from Dennistoun Community Council (DCC) to the Glasgow City Council letter (see here) received by some residents within our boundary area, notifying them of the proposed large on-street domestic bins to be placed imminently.

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Statement on Traffic and Streetscape

A PDF version of this statement is available here.

Context

Dennistoun Community Council (DCC) is keen to see improvements in our streetscape to help create better safer streets for all as part of a thriving sustainable future for Dennistoun.

In recent months this has been primarily via communication with Councillors. Prior to that, DCC has requested that Glasgow City Council carry out a full review of and consultation on traffic and parking issues in Dennistoun. This has been met with some positive engagement but clear strategy and messaging has not been forthcoming. DCC therefore understands the confusion and frustration voiced by some residents when hearing of recent RPZ and LTN proposals.

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