From 26 March, Glasgow City Council will open a public consultation on the High Street Action Plan to regenerate the city’s historic High Street / Saltmarket area. The consultation will last for six weeks, until 6 May.
This area, home to Glasgow Cathedral, Provand’s Lordship, the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, the Necropolis, the Tollbooth Steeple and Glasgow Green, is a key regeneration priority for the Council, and a working group has been formed to develop a five-year Action Plan which will guide the enhancement of High Street, Saltmarket and the surrounding areas in the coming years.
The key aims of the Action Plan have been informed by previous engagements with people and organisations with a stake in High Street and Saltmarket in the recent past. Aspirations from previous public engagement included calls for more bespoke businesses and unique traders, increasing footfall along the length of the High Street / Saltmarket corridor by creating circulation between Glasgow Cathedral and Glasgow Green; and investment in public realm and traffic issues.
A cross-party body – the High Street Reference Group – has been established to oversee the implementation of the Action Plan, and the group is comprised of councillors from the three wards bordering the area.
Councillor Angus Millar, Depute City Convener for Inclusive Economic Growth at Glasgow City Council and Chair of the High Street Reference Group, said: “The High Street and Saltmarket area is one with a rich heritage and enormous potential, but there is a widespread feeling that the area has not been given the attention or recognition it deserves as the historic heart Glasgow. With the right investment and approach, it can be restored to its traditional role as an important centre for Glasgow and the High Street Action Plan identifies a range of key priorities and opportunities to revitalise and champion the area. We would like everyone with a stake or interest in the High Street and Saltmarket’s future to take part in this consultation, put forward their thoughts and ideas and help us deliver a future worthy of its history.”
Those wishing to take part in the High Street Action Plan consultation should visit this link.
Glasgow City Council has approved a strategy to fully develop the 90 lanes in the city centre together with an action plan to deliver the strategy.
The Council’s City Centre Lane Strategy is part of the wider strategy to redevelop Glasgow City centre. The overall strategy has a number of aims, with two that are particularly relevant for the lanes strategy: developing the city centre as a place to stay and live; and making the centre a place to visit and enjoy.
The City Centre Lane Strategy is expected to help achieve these aims by encouraging owners to make full use of the lanes network, a valuable part of Glasgow’s heritage and character, and it will be made more attractive to visitors through improved landscaping and a higher-quality environments.
Many lanes in Glasgow city centre are already successful and attractive destinations featuring shops, restaurants and bars, but a significant number are not, with anti-social behaviour and unauthorised parking a feature of some of those. The City Centre Lane Strategy was developed in recognition of this and its development was informed by consultation with key city centre stakeholders such as local residents, businesses and other organisations as well as a consideration of other cities who have developed similar strategies, with Montreal, San Francisco and Seattle being some examples.
This consultation had some key findings:
- over 90% of respondents used city centre lanes
- over 90% were members of the public
- 89% felt that arts and culture should form part of the strategy
- 88% felt a Lane Activation Fund would be beneficial
- 84% felt public health and community safety should be addressed
- 75% raising the issues of waste and recycling and
- there was a general sentiment that cleanliness and safety issues should be resolved first
The action plan to deliver this strategy will be supported by planning policy and will feature strategic and operational interventions, with demonstrator projects largely led by lane owners businesses and communities. The plan will promote initiatives in seven areas within the city centre, and the council will work with partners in the cultural, creative, advertising and property sectors to achieve this.
Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The approval of the City Centre Lane Strategy allow us to begin work with our partners that will make the most of what is an unrealised asset for the city. The regeneration of the area’s lanes will bring new life to the city, and deliver cultural, economic and social benefits for Glasgow.”
More detail on the City Centre Lane Strategy for Glasgow can be found at:
https://www.glasgowcitycentrestrategy.com/project/city-centre-lanes or at https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=36995&p=0.
Phase 2 of Glasgow city centre’s Commercial Waste Project will go live on 1 April 2018 and trade waste contractors across the city have been working with their customers to help them achieve compliance. One such contractor is NWH who are actively engaging with their customers to reach practical solutions through communication and innovative thinking.
“At NWH Group, we have embraced the challenges of removing our bins from the streets and lanes of Glasgow City Centre. We understand the importance of presenting Glasgow as a vibrant, environmentally conscientious city and will continue to work in partnership with Glasgow City Council and our loyal customers. We have been innovative in offering bespoke solutions whilst ensuring customers remain compliant and adherent to Zero Waste Scotland regulations.”
Vari McGale, NWH’s Trade Waste Sales Manager
Some of NWH’s customers have shared their thoughts on the benefits of working closely with their trade waste contractor.
“Sarti has always worked closely with Glasgow City Council in ensuring the areas around their premises are clean and tidy. Since the advent of recycling in the city, we have found NWH to have
the solution. Now with the changes scheduled for implementation on 1 st April we are that delighted that once again NWH have proven to have the solutions and see nothing as a problem. We are further delighted that NWH have been able to allow us to trial these changes ahead of schedule.”
Patricia Diamond, Financial Director, Sarti
“With limited space for internal bins, like most city centre bars and restaurants, we are delighted to have worked with Vari McGale from NWH to come up with solutions that works for both our staff and their drivers alike. Was great team work!”
Scott Hurst, Director, Meat Bar
Glasgow City Council recognise this is a major change with not only the storage of waste but also the operational adjustments required to be carried out by contractors to ensure we have presentable, clean streets. We fully appreciate the efforts of all the waste contractors and businesses to achieve compliance.
Glasgow City Council have installed 10 “Big Belly” bins along Buchanan Street for an 8 week pilot period.
The 10 solar compaction bins were installed on Wednesday 7 March following removal of the current 26 x 80L bins from the precinct.
The Big Belly bins operate through live time information, sending updates to supervisors which allow them to respond accordingly. The bins LED indicators will notify personnel of bin fullness and unit status ensuring the bins are only collected at 80% fullness or more.
The bins have a number of benefits including commercial, sustainable and visible. Due to the total containment of the waste, they prevent having unsightly bins overflowing at peak times and mitigate against unwanted odour or pest problems.
They are also able to compact 6-8 times more than a standard 100L bin resulting in reduced traffic and pollution.
Since the first week of installation, the numbers of collections along the precinct has decreased 94%, allowing staff more time to undertake other duties.
In addition, there will also be large 240l bins installed across the city centre – similar to those already located in George Square at present.