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 vehicles and pedestrians and aims to minimise delays due to winter weather.
The Council has the statutory obligation, under section 34 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 to take such steps as it considers reasonable to prevent snow and ice endangering the safe passage of pedestrians and vehicles over public roads. The day-to-day routine operational decisions will be made by the decision maker using specialist Road Weather Forecasts and the road and weather monitoring data. Precautionary salting would be carried out under the following circumstances: On roads where the Specialist Road Weather Forecast indicated that ice, hoar frost, freezing or snowy conditions may occur.
Where do we grit? Glasgow City Councils Maintenance Plan details how we make best use of available resources and prioritise the routes that are most widely used to help keep Glasgow moving. Details of how these are prioritised is contained within section 3 of the Winter Maintenance Plan.
Gritting Routes Data of gritting routes are available on our interactive mapping system- see maintenance plan to access this. City Centre carriageways and footpaths are giving key priority.
Where are the Grit bins? There are 1497 grit bins located throughout the city. In regards to the city centre, there are 30 grit bins within a 3km radius of George Square. More information on routes and location of grit bins can be found via the following links:
Self Help There is no law stopping you from clearing ice and snow from paths, pavements, or public spaces outside your home, shop or office. Doing your part may help the local community and will be very helpful to the more vulnerable members of society. Follow the Snow Code advice below to clear the pathway safely and effectively.
Moving Snow: Think about where you are going to put it, make sure it will not cause problems. It is important that you don’t block other people’s paths, or the roads.
Use Salt or Sand: Be careful not to make pathways and pavements more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. Do not use hot water, as this may result in black ice, which can cause more risk of injury because it is invisible and slippery.
Be a Good Neighbour: Some people may be unable to clear their paths, if your neighbour has difficulty getting in and out of their home offer to clean their path for them. Check that elderly and disabled neighbours are alright in cold weather.
Winters do’s and don’ts for drivers
Extreme weather: extreme weather conditions and icy roads can make driving more difficult. There are lots of simple things that you can do to make your journey safer. There is always a risk when driving in winter conditions, so it is vital that drivers stay extra vigilant.
Before your journey:
Check/top up or add anti-freeze.
Check/Top up windscreen washer bottle, also add winter additive
Check for wear and tear on wiper blades. Replace them as soon as they start to smear the windows, rather than clean them
Check tyre pressures and check that your tyres have plenty of tread, at least 3mm of depth
Consider the use of winter tyres
Before driving off, make sure your windows, lights and mirrors are clear of mist, ice and snow, inside and out.
Consider whether you really need to travel- or can you delay the journey until conditions improve.
Planning your journey:
Check the weather forecast and road conditions
Ensure you vehicle is ready for a journey in poor weather
Consider alternative routes and change your routes if necessary
Emergency Kits are Essential. An emergency kit in your vehicle should include:
Ice scrapper and de-icer
Torch and spare batteries
Battery jump leads
First aid kit
For longer journeys you may want to add:
A snow shovel.
A pair of boots and a blanket
Food and thermos with a hot drink.
Because of the glare in snowy conditions, sunglasses are also useful to help you see in the winter sun. Finally, make sure your mobile phone is fully charged.
During your journey: Be aware of changing road and weather conditions and listen to police warnings and to travel bulletins on local radio.
You may need to change the way you drive:
Increase stopping distance. (It can take up to ten times longer to stop when driving in snow and ice)
Use dipped headlights.
Even after roads have been treated in the winter, driving conditions can still remain challenging. Some common examples of this are:
Hilly or exposed roads.
Roads that pass under or over a bridge.
Roads shaded by trees, buildings or other structures.
Where there is less traffic.
Bends in the road where there is potential for loss of control.
If you start to skid – press the clutch, steer into the skid and as you straighten, steer back along the road.
The Broomielaw District Regeneration Framework (BDRF) was approved by the City Administration Council Committee on 7th February 2019 and will now proceed to public consultation. The public consultation will run for eight weeks from 8 February to 5 April 2019.
The BDRF was commissioned as a group of four DRFs in 2017, incorporating the Blythswood, Central and St Enoch districts in addition to Broomielaw. As with the Sauchiehall and Garnethill District Regeneration Framework, the process built on Town Centre First principles, and has integrated spatial planning and placemaking objectives with operational and environmental enhancements. Here is a short information video about the DFR:
Broomielaw DRF has been developed collaboratively by a multi-disciplinary team led by Austin Smith Lord and MVRDV, working with the local community, stakeholders and organisations. The consultation period will offer further opportunity for local parties to contribute to this process. The final BDRF and Action Plan will evolve after the consultation period has concluded on 5 April 2019.
The plans for Broomielaw are ambitious and aspirational with a significant number of recommendations and proposals. Resource constraints will doubtless limit the full range of actions so it will be essential to have an understanding of stakeholder priorities through this consultation before we finalise the delivery plan.
The remaining three DRFs from this group will be produced incrementally during 2019-20. The final four city centre DRFs (Townhead, Cowcaddens, Merchant City and the Learning Quarter) are likely to be commissioned in 2019/20.
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, share and helped send out really positive messages about Glasgow.
The use of murals to tackle graffiti, anti-social behaviour and to brighten up areas suffering from environmental blight while awaiting future redevelopment was first introduced as part of the Clean Glasgow initiative in 2008, with the very first one being the Swimmers at the Kingston Bridge. In 2013 the idea of the Trail was developed along with the brochure and the web-based app, both launched in 2014. The Mural Trail very quickly became something that people living in and visiting Glasgow City Centre enjoyed, and they were keen to let us know. This quote is pretty typical of the reaction they get, ‘Didn’t have enough time to see all of the street art but did see seven of them. What a great way to see a city!’
The Trail is in the top ten “things to do” on the People Make Glasgow site with over 60% of the traffic received here coming directly from Google. The murals are clearly an attraction which people are already aware of or are looking for more information about. More importantly, the Trail is an activity which people want to participate in when they are in the city centre. And this exemplifies one of the great things about our city centre; it works for so many different types of visitors and in so many different ways.
The Hip Hop Marionettes mural was painted in February 2016 by Rogue-One working in collaboration with Art Pistol. Rogue has described how the inspiration for it came from the “thought that an interesting concept would be to have body-poppers or break-dancers in puppet form. I took my influence from a Beastie Boys cover and a Run DMC picture.” You can still see other work by Rogue-One in the city centre in such examples as the Billy Connolly murals (undertaken as part of the BBC’s commemorative programme “A Life in Portrait”), the “Hand Shadow Puppets” at Cowcaddens underpass, and the new CR Mackintosh mural above the Clutha pub at the Briggait.
Given that murals are viewed as temporary interventions until underused space is redeveloped, the emphasis of the project is always on change. This year alone we have welcomed the following new murals: “St Enoch” (in George Street), “CR Mackintosh” (at the Briggait), “Crazy Cat Lady!” (in Sauchiehall Street), and the second “Woman in Black” (in St Andrews Street). The day that St Enoch launched it was the most viewed image on any public sector website the UK!
Finally, another critical feature of the City Centre Mural Trail is that it is artist-led and open to everyone through the City Centre Mural Fund. Anyone wishing to submit an application should be aware of the basic requirements; find a space (in the city centre), get the owner’s permission, come up with an artwork concept, and present us with a workable plan. If it meets with the judging panel’s approval, we can progress accordingly.
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. The past three years have been hectic for the Shelter. Last year, it had 600 guests, staying for 3,800 bed nights. Given the rise in homeless in the past few years, it’s crucial to get this information out into the public domain, so that no one goes for a night without a warm bed to sleep in. The Shelter is open to anyone in need from the age of 16+ and the doors open at 10pm each night.
If you come across someone that is sleeping in the street, or in need of assistance, please contact:
RSVP (Rough Sleepers and Vulnerable People)
Known as “The Street Team” 0800 027 7466
A street outreach service to help and support people sleeping rough (or risk of) to access accommodation and any other services appropriate to their needs.
Call us free from a payphone 8am – 11pm,
7 Days A Week, 365 Days A Year.
Glasgow City Mission 0141 221 2630
20 Crimea St, Glasgow G2 8PW
Providing Christian Care since 1826.
Advice and support for homeless and vulnerable people, including food, clothes, showers, activities, IT and advocacy, also an International Café.
Evening Drop In
Monday – Friday: 7:30pm -10pm
Saturday: 4pm – 8pm
Daytime: Open Monday – Friday 10am – 10pm for activities and one-to-one help.
The primary aim of this project is to provide immediate accommodation for those who are in need. Additionally, the objective of the Shelter is to give hope to all who come through their doors. The Shelter works closely with other homeless agencies throughout the city. This is key as they have the expertise required to help those in need and to make them aware of the services available to them. The team at the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter, for example, connect people to the Glasgow City Council Homelessness case team, in the hope that accommodation can be found.
The Shelter employs dedicated seasonal staff and volunteers, without whom it could not do the fantastic job that it does. The team consists of ten members, working shifts, supported by 40 volunteers. Please have a look at the video below to see what happens at the Glasgow Winter Night Shelter.
On behalf of all from the Glasgow City Centre team, please keep up this excellent work!
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!
St Enoch Centre
Once again, St Enoch centre will be hosting its quiet sessions for Santa’s Grotto. These sessions have been developed to provide a more relaxed and quieter environment with music volume dimmed throughout. More information can be found here. St Enoch Centre have their quiet room available throughout the year for those that require a break from the festive shopping and trained Autism Champions to assist you should you require it.
House of Fraser
This year, House of Fraser will also be hosting autism-friendly sessions for their Santa Stories. Suitable for children from three years+ you can enjoy a festive picnic, story time with Santa and a special gift bag during a meet and greet session. Running on Saturday’s throughout December you can find more information here. House of Fraser also has a quiet room available throughout the year.
Riverside Museum/St Mungo’s Museum
Glasgow Museums are once again getting involved with their autism-friendly early opening for the annual Riverside Christmas Fair and access to the quiet and safe space all day. They’ll also be running an autism-friendly family workshop on Sunday 16 December called Festive Decorations, More information can be found here. You’ll also be able to find their museum storyboards to help you prepare for your visit.
Glasgow Christmas Markets
Tuesday 4 December will be Glasgow’s autism-friendly day at both the George Square and St Enoch Christmas Markets. More information can be found at the Glasgow Loves Christmas Facebook page. There will be a quiet space at the George Square market throughout the market duration. This will be a warm and dry area with calm lighting and comfortable seating, situated at the Management Office.
In addition, why not stop into Malone’s Bar and Restaurant for a bite to eat and break from shopping? They can offer quieter eating areas and sensory bags behind the bar. If you’re visiting Glasgow a few of our hotels have also trained their staff in autism awareness to help accommodate your needs – these include Sauchiehall Street Ibis, Hallmark Hotel and Novotel Hotel. Or stop in for a film at the GFT for one of their autism-friendly screenings (including Home Alone) throughout December – find out more here.
We are always striving to make Glasgow more Autism Aware so if there is anything you think could help you or other families enjoy the city centre a bit more please get in touch with [email protected].
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. But it can also be proactive and creative activity. When it comes to making the city centre buzz, a good starting point for me is to work with the folk who make that buzz, to find out what they need to happen to build even more buzz.
I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with the Council’s City Centre Regeneration Team – the dedicated folk who are behind this website – to put that concept into practice. The City Centre Lanes Strategy prepared for the team by WMUD is a good example. Its purpose was to understand and promote the practical potential of the city centre’s lanes to bring more buzz to the city centre. At the heart of the work were dozens of conversations with local businesses, residents, artists and entrepreneurs who wanted to bring life to the lanes so we could understand what they saw as the potential, what was stopping them, and how to remove those barriers.
Those conversations led to a strategy and action plan which the Council has moved quickly to act upon. Within months of the Lanes Strategy being finalised, the Council had implemented the single most important action from all those we spoke to: removed unsightly and polluting commercial waste bins from the lanes. At a stroke, rewriting commercial waste and recycling rules removed the single most significant barrier to realising the potential of the city centre’s lanes. This has quickly been followed by a £100,000 City Centre Lanes Activation Fund, the sole purpose of which is to support businesses, residents and artists in developing lanes as attractive and exciting places.
For me, the Lanes Strategy and its implementation is a wonderful example of the Council working collaboratively with local people and organisations to help them make their environment better. From the outset, the ethos of the Lanes Strategy was to support collaborative action, based on local ideas – inspired by good examples like Melbourne and Montreal, but not trying to impose their solutions in Glasgow. I think that’s wonderful.
A recent blog post on this website highlighted another excellent example of collaborative working in the city centre: the High Street Area Strategy. Behind that rather mundane title lies an exciting vision and action plan for the future, which helps the local community itself bring more life to the area. Like the Lanes Strategy, the Council’s City Centre Strategy Team were behind this work too.
These two examples are part of a shift, not just in what the city centre offers (as illustrated by Iain MacPherson’s recent blog post on this website on co-working), but also how the Council manages and supports those changes. For me, working collaboratively and proactively with local businesses, residents, artists and entrepreneurs has to be the way forward. It’s great to see some examples of this taking root in the city centre.