Guest post by Rachael Goslan, co-ordinator of the 2k and 5k runs
During the winter of 2014 I nervously typed in an internet search for a local running group. Back then I was one of those people who you’d see running the parks alone, low on confidence and scared to run with others. That internet search has since proved to be the game changer. What I found was a newly formed group, still finding its feet but offering the promise of a friendly atmosphere and support for those new to running. Fast forward to 2017 and I am now the coordinator of this group, Great Run Local (GRL)
So who are we?
We are part of the same organisation that offers a variety of events around the United Kingdom, such as the ever popular Great Scottish Run, Great Women’s 10k and The Great North Run just to name a few.
We meet every Wednesday evening at 6.30pm on the Broomielaw side of the Tradeston Bridge for a timed 2k or 5k run suitable for all abilities from beginner to the seasoned club runner, supervised by our wonderful volunteers. Our website holds times and numbers of runs completed so runners can also track their progress if they wish. Everyone is welcome and best of all we are completely free!
So if you’re starting out like I once was or training towards and upcoming event why not come down and give it a go. All you need to do is register online, lace those trainers up and come on down.
Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
(closest access point at the corner of St Enoch Square & Argyle St, unit opposite Costa)
(Y)our St Enoch is the next Glasgow City Centre District Regeneration Framework to be undertaken as part of the City Centre Strategy 2014-2019.
Anyone with an interest in the St Enoch District is invited to participate in (Y)our St Enoch – Setting The Agenda. This workshop will provide a platform to discuss, debate and design the priorities for the St Enoch District Regeneration Framework, identifying challenges and opportunities for positive change in the next 10 years.
We hope you are able to attend and participate, please RSVP via Eventbrite
A report from Glasgow City Council today (7 March) outlined plans for a six-month pilot project to tackle issues around commercial waste in the city centre.
Glasgow city centre’s appearance can be spoiled by bulky and brightly-coloured commercial waste containers on streets, pavements and lanes. To address this, the pilot project’s primary objective is to substantially reduce the adverse impact of current waste collection practices in a number of areas in the city centre, and if successful, the project will be rolled out across the whole of the city centre.
The appearance of the city centre is not the only issue that the pilot will address, as commercial waste left out on streets can cause obstructions and can contribute to spilled waste and litter. In addition, new national regulations also bring recycling requirements for commercial waste into line with domestic waste.
Other UK cities, including Edinburgh and Manchester, have successfully carried out such projects, as has the City of Westminster.
The pilot project has a number of key objectives:
- To reduce the amount of trade waste containers on the streets and improve the look and feel of the city centre
- To maximise the substantial capital investment already invested in Glasgow city centre and the further £115million to be spent on public realm works over the next few years via the Glasgow City Region City Deal
- To reduce the amount of litter derived from trade waste
- To encourage businesses to both manage their waste more responsibly and recycle more
- To reduce public safety issues by removing tripping hazards and bins blocking footways which can potentially have a detrimental impact on visually impaired or disabled residents/visitors. The Equality Act 2010, (section 20: Duty to make adjustments) states “a duty not to indirectly discriminate and to make reasonable adjustments where existing arrangements place a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage”
- To evaluate the impact and benefits of the project in order to make recommendations to Committee on potentially rolling out the programme across the city centre and to other city locations.
The Council has engaged with key city centre stakeholders including Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, the City Centre Retail Association, Sauchiehall Street Business Improvement District, and several concerned residents and independent businesses on the pilot project. There will be ongoing consultation throughout the duration of the pilot.
Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This pilot points the way forward for Glasgow city centre becoming a cleaner, greener, safer and more attractive area. The city centre is the social and economic heart of Glasgow, and a huge powerhouse for Scotland, and we will do everything we can to ensure that all those who work, live, study and visit here have the best experience that they can. We have developed this policy in consultation with city centre residents, business and organisations, and will continue to work with businesses in the city centre to deliver changes that will work for everyone with an interest in the area.”
Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “We welcome this pilot project from the council to remove the plethora of waste bins from our streets. We will be engaging with the council, the waste contractors and our members to ensure that the issue is resolved to everybody’s satisfaction. Other cities have found a solution, and it shouldn’t be beyond us.”
Charlie Devine, Head of Resource Management with Zero Waste Scotland, said: “More and more businesses are taking steps to separate and recycle their waste, which reduces carbon emissions and helps grow the economy. This trial will ask business owners to take a few extra steps to ensure the responsible removal of their waste and improve how the city looks, including by reducing the risks of accidental littering. It’s important that waste contractors engage with affected customers to help them through this change. We also have a free service, called Resource Efficient Scotland, which can advise firms on steps they can take to reduce waste in the first place, helping them to save money as well as benefitting the environment.”
Emma Brown, Engagement Officer for Guide Dogs Scotland, Glasgow Mobility Team, said: “Having a clear pathway is crucial for many pedestrians who are blind or partially sighted who wish to navigate along streets independently. Street clutter such as bins can cause obstructions which can hamper a person’s progress along a street. Knocking into items of street clutter is not only painful but can be a shock to a person who is blind or partially sighted, and could affect that person’s confidence to use these streets and local amenities. Street clutter can also prevent people with mobility impairments such as wheelchair users and other vulnerable pedestrians from using the pavements with confidence.”
Eight locations – with 422 commercial waste bins – have been selected for this pilot project that include a mix of spaces across the city centre, including streets with heavy footfall, lanes, residential areas and commercial office zones:
- Sauchiehall Street – from Cambridge Street to St George’s Road at Renfrew Road:
- Sauchiehall Lane – from Elmbank Street to Hope Street
- Robertson Street;
- West Nile Street – between Gordon Street and St Vincent Street, and including Drury Street
- Garth Street, Merchant City
- John Street, Merchant City
- North Lane
- North Court
In terms of the delivery and enforcement of this project, all commercial businesses within the project area will receive an initial flyer informing them of the changes, followed by an information pack detailing the new procedures. A member of the project team, prior to the commencement of the project, will visit premises to provide information on the changes.
All commercial waste operators will receive information, in writing, regards the changes and will be given adequate time to facilitate and manage the procedures. Contractors will also be invited to attend a meeting to discuss changes with council officers.
Arrangements for the pilot project are as follows:
- No trade waste containers will be permitted to be stored on public pavements/streets/lanes outwith designated uplift windows
- Enforcement of this will follow a twelve-week engagement programme with pilot area businesses and waste contractors
- Non-compliant waste contractors will have their bins confiscated after the designated compliance date, and stored off site by GCC
- Waste contractors will have 28 days to collect their bins from GCC with a corresponding charge for costs incurred by the council e.g. for disposing of the waste, storage, administration
- Any bins not collected will be disposed of by GCC after 28 days
- It is the responsibility of businesses to find a waste contractor that will work with them to find an appropriate internal form of waste storage
There are also the following conditions within the project:
- Within presentation times, waste will only be permitted to be placed for uplift within the specific time periods stated
- Proposed presentation windows are: 07.30am – 09.30am and 17:00 – 23:00pm
- Waste can only be on the street for a specific time (one hour)
- If the waste is not collected within the specified time period the business must return the waste to their premises
- Waste placed on street for collection must display the business name and collection time
- Waste may only be placed out for collection when the business is open, and never overnight
- Waste containers must be placed as near to the edge of a business property as is possible, whilst retaining clear pedestrian access.
The Council’s Regeneration and the Economy Policy Development Committee noted the report, which will go before the Executive Committee for approval next week (16 March).
City Centre Regeneration have introduced six footfall counters across Glasgow city centre, operated by Springboard Research Ltd. These footfall counters are located as follows:
Core City Centre / Style Mile
- Sauchiehall Street at Marks & Spencer
- Buchanan Street at Buchanan Galleries
- Buchanan Street at Kiehl’s
- Argyle Street at Debenhams
- Sauchiehall Street at The Garage
- 194 Bath Street
Monitoring of the data collected by the footfall counters provides an ongoing picture of pedestrian footfall, and helps us to monitor economic activity within the city centre. We also use this data in the bi-annual production of the City Centre Healthcheck which can be found via the link below. This document acts as a progress report on how the city centre is performing against a range of indicators.
Springboard Research Ltd recently released their Footfall Review 2016. This provides an insight into a number of key performance indicators, including headline footfall figures, from across the UK. A comparison of this data suggests that Glasgow has bucked the overall UK footfall trends. Some key year-on-year datasets which were compared can be seen as follows:
|Headline Footfall (High Street) annual rates (YoY)||
|Day/Evening/Night-time Footfall Rates (YoY)||
|Day (09:00-16:59)||Evening (17:00-19:59)||Night-time (20:00-08:59)
|Christmas Period (Wk3 November - Wk3 December 2016) footfall (YoY)||
Our own analysis indicated that footfall recorded in Glasgow city centre during 2016 had shown improvement against that measured during 2015. Springboard’s Footfall Review 2016 also suggests that the improved footfall rates recorded within Glasgow outpaced the overall UK trends. This is positive and welcome news. Our analysis of footfall rates within Glasgow will continue.
Further information regarding Springboard Research Ltd and the services they provide can be found via their website:
Copies of Springboard’s Footfall Review 2016 can be accessed via this link:
The City Centre Healthcheck document is produced twice a year (usually in April and October) by DRS City Centre Regeneration using a range of performance indicators. A number of these datasets are provided by internal partners as well as external organisations. Their help and assistance is both invaluable and very much appreciated.
Copies of the City Centre Healthcheck document are available from the GCC website via this link: https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17733
Enquiries regarding city centre footfall and the City Centre Healthcheck can be made to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Data used in the City Centre Healthcheck is collected and collated by a number of organisations and is either provided directly, or is available through contract, or the public domain. These organisations include: Springboard Research Ltd, Community Safety Glasgow, Strathclyde Partnership Transport, Network Rail, Cushman & Wakefield, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Police Scotland, Great Glasgow Hoteliers Association, and Civil Aviation Authority, as well as different teams and sections within GCC LES and GCC DRS.