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With the cold spell continuing the following information will be useful in the weeks ahead. Glasgow City Council is responsible for maintaining over 1900km of carriageway and 3100km of footways and footpaths. What is our aim? The Council’s aim is to provide an effective and efficient winter maintenance service that, helps to ensure the safe passage of …

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Last week the Hip Hop Marionettes, familiar faces on John Street and a part of the City Centre Mural Trail, disappeared as the redevelopment of the site started as part of the ongoing investment in Glasgow. While they were here, they made a piece of unused city centre land something that people came to see…

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The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter is a facility that runs every night from 1 December 2018 to 31 March 2019 for those who are in need of a place to sleep. The shelter is located at 35 East Campbell Street, just off the Gallowgate and is close to the city centre. The Shelter has a capacity of 40 beds, but more often than not it doesn’t reach capacity.

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With only five weeks to Christmas, Glasgow is gearing up for another fun-filled, festive celebration for all the family. In line with our Autism Aware Glasgow project, we want to ensure all the family can experience and enjoy the Christmas period – and a lot of our project partners are getting involved!

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One thing I love about Glasgow city centre is the buzz: people everywhere, events in the street, new places to visit. In my professional life as an urban planner, I’m really interested in how to help make that buzz even better. Planning is often thought of as a legalistic activity, regulating new development.

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The Sauchiehall and Garnethill District Framework has been completed, and work has started on delivery. Given the success of this process, we appointed a team to work on the next four City Centre Districts – Broomielaw, St Enoch, Central and Blythswood.  These will help deliver the objectives set out in the City Centre Strategy of making the city centre the place to Stay and Live, Shop and Play, Visit and Enjoy, Work and Create, Learn, Discover and Innovate and Invest and Build.

How best to look at the remaining four Districts will be assessed in 2019/2020.

The feedback from our conversations with residents, visitors, businesses, and developers is that you want a green, liveable city centre that fosters creativity and opportunity. So the Council is working with businesses, residents, institutions and public agencies to make the city centre a more people-friendly place
– a better place to live, visit and do business

moving the city centre forward

All the work that we’ll be doing to take the city centre forward over the next few years will be shaped by the City Centre Strategy and Action Plan and the City Centre Transport Strategy which were published in 2014. These strategies are our blueprint mapping out how the city centre’s streets and public spaces will be better managed and more people-friendly.

We’ll be making the city centre cleaner, greener and easier to get around on foot, by bike and public transport, with a network of green avenues linking through the city centre.  Wi-fi, marketing, outdoor events, lighting and public safety will all be improved – and much more besides.  Everything is geared towards delivering jobs, growth and prosperity over the next decade.

district by district

In 2015, we started to plan how to make this idea work. It’s a big job, so we split the city centre into nine recognisable ‘Districts’. We have worked with local people and businesses to identify the opportunities. By 2019 we aim to have a plan in place that will drive change over the next ten years. Find out more about what’s happening in each District.

working together

The Council’s City Centre Regeneration Team will work hard with people and organisations in each District to make that change happen. Whether you work, live, invest in or visit the city centre, the team can’t do it all on their own.  We need your help to deliver change. Your help might come in a variety of forms: allowing a new business start-up cheap use of your vacant shop for a few weeks, organising a community event in a public space, helping a neighbour to tidy their front garden, or cycling and walking around town rather than driving.

The City Council will be doing its bit by making city centre streets and spaces more people- and business-friendly. We’ll do that, with you, by preparing a new plan for each District over the next few years. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or ideas about the changing city centre.

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