Glasgow City Council is now an official Child Safe Zone. The Child Safe Initiative was launched in August 2015 by GCC’s City Centre Regeneration in partnership with the City Centre Retail Association. The project provides a quick and effective response to ensure a lost child is reunited with their parent/guardian, as quickly as possible, should they become separated while visiting Glasgow City Centre.
The city centre can be especially busy during the school holidays so at the beginning of the Easter school break the City Centre Regeneration team set up an information area in both Central and Queen Street Stations to speak to the public about the initiative and to hand out some free wristbands and information leaflets explaining how the scheme works.
On the reverse of the colourful wristband, there is a blank space where visitors can write their mobile phone number, before attaching to the child’s wrist, allowing anyone finding a lost child to contact you directly and quickly to let you know that the child has safely been found. Alternatively, on the front of the wristband, there is a contact phone number which connects directly to the Glasgow Community Services Operation Centre allowing an immediate search of city centre CCTV to locate the lost child. There are also many window stickers around the city centre with this contact number.
There was a great deal of interest at both stations from many visitors and residents, including childminders, parents and grandparents, amongst others who all said the scheme was a fantastic idea!
A full list of locations of where you can pick up wristbands and more information on the initiative can be found on our website: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/childsafezone
The lanes network in the city centre is flourishing in some areas, but could undoubtedly be improved in others. This draft lane strategy is part of the Council’s wider city centre strategy which seeks to improve the overall experience of the city centre for people, as well as encouraging footfall and economic development. Developed in consultation with stakeholders including businesses, community groups, and waste contractors.
The draft lane strategy contains a range of potential actions such as events and pop-up activities; integration with City Deal and initiatives on waste and recycling; public health and community safety; parking and surfacing. Given the complex nature of ownership of the lanes, it will be essential to develop a shared sense of mission and motivation from these owners to successfully help deliver the strategy.
How can I see and comment on the draft City Centre Lane Strategy?
You can view the document and complete the survey at the Council’s online Consultation Hub: www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultations
Hard copies are available to see at:
Mitchell Library (lending library beyond cafe), North Street, G3 7DN
Glasgow City Chambers, George Square
When does the public consultation start and finish?
The public consultation will take place from 3 April to 2 June 2017
What happens after the consultation finishes?
After the consultation closes on 2 June 2017 the draft document will be revised and an action plan developed. A final version of the Lane Strategy will then be brought back to the Council’s Executive Committee for approval.
Who do I contact if I want to ask a question about the draft Lane Strategy?
If you have any questions please contact Jane Laiolo in the Council’s City Centre Regeneration Team: telephone 0141 287 7207 or by email at [email protected]