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Parents’ fears after actor’s baby daughter attacked by rodents on the rampage in city’s Botanic Gardens

Evening Times 23rd December 2011​

AGGRO squirrels that jump into prams and attack children are causing misery to walkers at a park in Glasgow’s West End.

But animal experts warn that the problem lies with the amount of people feeding the grey rodents by hand, making them more urbanised.

Visitors to the Botanic Gardens, off Great Western Road, are becoming increasingly wary of the squirrels which have been known to scratch, bite and scavenge around people for food.

And Scottish stage and TV actor Tam Dean Burn thought about taking his 16-month-old daughter Morgan to hospital after she was attacked by one of them while playing.

Mr Burn, who lives near the park, said: “It’s been going on for a while now. Some of the squirrels in particular that hang around the children’s playpark in Botanics are getting more fearless."



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Discussion Starter · #450 ·
ITEM 1 (b) (6 Pages)
10 January 2012

APPLICATION 11/02270/DC DATE VALID 03.11.2011

SITE ADDRESS Bellahouston Park Dumbreck Road Glasgow

PROPOSAL Use of Parks department compound as art and heritage centre with associated events
space. Potentially contrary to Development Policy Principle DEV 11: Green Space of
City Plan 2.

APPLICANT House For An Art Lover
Dumbreck Road
10 Bellahouston Park
G41 5BW

AGENT ZM Architecture Limited
Per Timothy Clark62 Albion
G1 1Ny

02_079, Craigton Steering
Committee (Inactive)

ADVERT TYPE Contrary to Development Plan PUBLISHED 11 November 2011
CITY PLAN Green Space

The application site, which extends to a total area of approximately 2,711sqm (0.27Ha) forms the GCC Land
and Environmental Services parks depot/compound and comprises within its curtilage the existing doocot and
stables of the former Ibroxhill House. Although the proposals are contained within the existing grounds of the
parks depot, the proposal relates to the future of the House for an Art Lover (situated to the north west) as an
Art and Heritage Centre.
Motivating this application, is the ‘Art Park Glasgow’ project which seeks to set Bellahouston Park aside as a
venue/destination for the outdoor installation of art, design and architecture in the City. The House for an Art
Lover, has in recent years, promoted a number of successful public art competitions which have led to the
installation of unusual art works in the park and in partnership with GCC Land Services has brougvision for the park. House for an Art Lover view this proposal as integral to the success of the park in supporting
the creative needs for the public and art community.
On 29 November, consent was granted (application reference: 11/01744/DC) for the redevelopment of this site
including the erection of a park pavilion comprising artist studios, meeting facilities and a café. The proposal
also included the conversion of the existing doocot and outbuildings of Ibroxhill House to form an art and
heritage centre and the conversion of the sheds to create artists workshops.
The current proposal seeks to establish the use of the site as an arts and heritage centre, as well as the use of
the external space as a public events space. This will allow for initial use of the site prior to its full
redevelopment, which will be a phased project.
It is proposed to retain and convert the existing doocot buildings, stable and outbuildings of the former Ibroxhill
House. The doocot buildings and stable will be conserved and utilised in conjunction with the future new-build
pavilion as a heritage centre; providing a focal point within the centre of the courtyard. The existing
outbuildings, which are located on the north boundary of the courtyard, are to be retained and converted to form
three additional studios/production workspaces for artists.
As the site is located within Bellahouston Park, it is situated within an area designated as Green Space
(DEV 11) within City Plan 2. It is noted, however that the area of the site which relates to the majority of the
development is that of the existing Parks Depot which is not in itself considered representative of the
Development Policy Principle designation.

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A Square Go?

A square go – or just a battering?
06 February 2012

What we want in Scotland's city centres are world-class plazas; civic squares; places for civilised outdoor living – meeting, mingling, coffee-quaffing and being inspired and infuriated by public art; perhaps a giant Meccano-like or Lego-like contrivance of a spectacular and iconic nature to attract the footfall of visitors and prize the coins from their sticky fingers and into the tills of local business; and occasionally we may even be prepared to spare a few square yards of cityscape for old-fashioned grass and trees and flowers and seats for those non-trendies who want to sit and read their newspapers, smell the roses or indulge in a bit of canoodling (short of full penetration).

And what have we got in Scotland? We have got plans and developments (more often proposed developments and rejected developments and developments caught up in the labyrinthine and interminable maze of the planning and appeals system); and we’ve got disputes and splits in public opinion and misinformation and destruction of our heritage and the siting of grossly-inappropriate monstrosities, and we’ve got the disgrace that is Glasgow’s George Square.

Currently the public are being given a chance to vote on plans to replace Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens with an enormously-expensive and highly-controversial civic square, half financed by wealth from Britain’s oil (apologies to SNP supporters but it still is legally!). Plans have just been announced by Edinburgh Council, a much-loved and esteemed local authority, to plonk in the middle of Princes Street Gardens for the summer of 2012 a giant Ferris wheel higher than the Scott Monument but less stony, more expensive, and without the health benefits of walking up all those steps. In Perth, not yet officially a city but surely at least as deserving of the title as Inverness and more so than my home town of Stirling, the council have decided they want to demolish Perth City Hall, a fine – though disused – building in the city centre and replace it with, well of course, an exciting vibrant square where the local populace and visitors (many more of them come just to enjoy the square) will relax and spend money in a perpetual frenzy of outdoor eating and drinking and merrymaking in the rainless and balmy and almost-boringly sunny sub-Mediterranean climate of Tayside. In Stirling I can’t remember when plans were first mooted to create a civic square in front of the fine Scottish Baronial façade of Stirling Railway Station – I can’t remember because it was so many years, even decades, ago – and while plans have come and gone and the site still looks like it is waiting for redevelopment nothing has been done, although palm trees have been planted in the roundabout despite last winter’s mildness being such that many palm trees and other unsuitable warm-clime plants were killed all over the country, many council-planted and quite a few on roundabouts.

As for George Square, just look at the surfacing – cheap, shoddy, once even more-inappropriately redder than it is now – then look at the splendid architecture (and it’s more splendid inside!) of Glasgow’s Kremlin (aka the Muncipal Buildings), and then glance at some of the eyesore modern building that disfigure the Square – and weep (for they are not a sight for sore eyes!).

And what is the point of this article, you might be justifiably asking? It is that we, and I mean not just the councils and official bodies, but us – the public – are in a bit of a muddle about what we want from the public spaces in our cities and how we should meet those wants. In none of the cases that I have brought up can anyone claim that there is no controversy and difference of opinion. None of these developments, proposed developments or lack of developments are proceeding smoothly. So what is the solution? To what extent do we preserve green spaces in city centres, and to what extent do we allow on them temporary and seasonal enterprises, often commercial (Princes Street Gardens is not under threat of being concreted over but over the course of the year there’s quite a bit of non-park-and-garden activity takes place there)? Wouldn’t it be nice if George Square was a nice square with flower beds and seats and a nice surface and perhaps a glorious fountain and big mechanical clock and not a space whose main purpose seems to be to house a succession of trade fairs, and exhibitions, and suchlike with their aesthetically-insulting temporary structures? There’s no solution but there must be a better way of handling these matters than Scotland’s cities generally handle them.

You should be able to find information, and hopefully factual information, about the examples I have used, quite easily by Googling. The story about the Edinburgh Ferris wheel appeared on the Scotsman website today and was the stimulus for this article: Giant wheel plan for Princes Street. And I cannot resist quoting one of the online comments that have been posted below the Scotsman piece:

Hipster Scum
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Public Realm improvements to the waterside. Excellent news.

23 Feb 2012
NAILS are sticking out, rubbish is piling up and there is a rat infestation – just yards from Glasgow’s Style Mile.

The banks of the River Clyde behind the St Enoch Centre are described as “disgusting” .

The waterfront, just off Clyde Street, is used every day by hundreds of people who sit on the benches or cycle, jog or walk along the bank.

Several plans to regenerate the area – including a £200million proposal for floating restaurants, shops and luxury flats – fell through.

However, the council has now agreed to clean up the area this summer as part of £600,000 of public realm improvements

This is clearly an area in need of considerable attention I have received numerous complaints about the walkway and suspension bridge, where flooding and vandalism have been problems for several years
Its promise came as calls were made to find a long term solution.

One of the most obvious problems in the area is the lack of a proper drainage system, which means rain that hits there has nowhere to go. That lets water build up.

It is something Hector McDonald, a builder who works near the area and walks along it every day, claims is a “death trap”.

The 47-year-old, from Riddrie, said: “The rain means massive puddles – that’s a potential death trap if they freeze and someone slips. I have almost fallen a number of times.”

The seats for the old bandstand are also in a state of disrepair. Wood has dislodged from the concrete, resulting in jagged wood and nails sticking out.Broken bottles, discarded food and other debris are also strewn throughout the walkway.

Mr McDonald added: “It is disgusting and it should be shut on health and safety grounds. I walk down here most days and it is getting worse. It is rat infested because of the amount of rubbish lying around.

“I want to be proud of this city. This place needs to be cleaned up for the people of Glasgow – and because we have the Commonwealth Games coming soon.”

Susan Nicol, general manager of the nearby St Enoch Centre, said the waterfront needed a lot of work.

She said: “We have been in regular talks with Glasgow City Council about the vicinity directly behind the centre and would welcome and support any initiatives it has to change it for the better.

“At such a short distance from Glasgow’s highly regarded Style Mile, this is clearly an area in need of considerable attention.”

THE council owns the bulk of the land around this stretch of Clyde Street, but the area around the bandstand is in the hands of the Santander bank.

Australian tycoon Rodney Price’s multi- million plans to transform the waterfront were scrapped more than two years ago after the developer went bankrupt, with a further proposal also folding because of the recession.

With no private investment on the horizon, the council has agreed to spend £600,000 on basic repair work – including new surfacing, enhanced lighting, reducing the height of walls and the thinning of shrubs – in an attempt to make the space better for public use.

Councillor Craig Mackay, who represents City Centre And Anderston, said he would continue to push for further improvements.

He said: “I have received numerous complaints about the walkway and suspension bridge, where flooding and vandalism have been problems for several years.

“The condition of the walkway is unacceptable, particularly as visitors to the city are naturally drawn to the riverfront.”

MR MACKAY added: “While the area would be revamped as part of any large developments there, several schemes have been proposed and all have failed to materialise.

“Meantime, the area has continued to deteriorate while council departments bounce responsibility between each other.”

Local Labour councillor Philip Bratt said the council must look at “every viable proposal to regenerate this area as we have done along other parts of the riverfront”.

He added: “For any community to feel secure and proud of its living environment, cleanliness must be a priority.

“It is important the area is properly cleared of all refuse and I welcome the public realm improvements.

“However, a long-term solution to this problem will only result from a viable proposal to develop this stretch of the river.”

A council spokeswoman said it would welcome any “positive proposal” that could contribute to the regeneration of the waterfront.

She added: “In the meantime, the council will be investing £600,000 on public realm improvements in the area.”

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Discussion Starter · #454 ·
Item 2

6th March 2012

Commemorative Plaque Guide

Purpose of Report:
To inform Committee of the preparation of a Commemorative Plaque Guide for
the City.

That Committee notes the preparation of the Commemorative Plaque Guide.

1.1 Plaques commemorate people, events and famous landmarks and buildings
in Glasgow. They are often used as an integral element of wider
Architectural or Heritage Trails, many of which exist around the City (e.g.
Merchant City, Govan or Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson).
1.2 A number of different styles materials in Glasgow including bronze, painted,
brass, stone and aluminium. These plaques are traditionally applied to
buildings and many examples can be seen throughout the city.
1.3 From time to time, people/organisations make suggestions for the erection
of commemorative plaques on, for example, buildings or the pavement
notable people were born, lived or worked; or
an event or incident of important international, national or local
significance occurred
2.1 A Commemorative Plaque Guide has been produced by the Planning
Service in conjunction with the Marketing Board which provides useful
information to parties suggesting the erection of a plaque. It addresses:
the criteria which will be used to determine whether the
person/place/building/event are worthy of commemorating through the
erection of a plaque;
how plaques can be financed;
the installation and maintenance of plaques; and
obtaining planning permission for plaques.
2.2 Subject to Committee agreement, the Guide will be made available on the
Council’s website.
Financial: None.
Legal: None.
Personnel: None.
Environmental: It is hoped that the guide will help facilitate the delivery of
an improved understanding of the City’s cultural heritage.
Service Plan: Contributes to Council Key Objective GCC 4 Building a
prosperous city and DRS Service Objective 3. Develop and
deliver value added projects and initiatives.
and Article 19: None
That Committee notes the preparation of the Commemorative Plaque
Development and Regeneration Services
JMcG (021-12)
23 February 2012

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Discussion Starter · #455 ·
An Initiative to fund for communities wanting to renovate their delapidated back courts and surounding land areas that are an eyesore.

Item 11 (8 pages)

14th March 2012

Stalled Spaces Initiative​

Purpose of Report:
This report seeks to inform the Sustainability and Environment Committee of the
progress of the Stalled Spaces Initiative and the Community Support for Stalled
Spaces programme.

It is recommended that Committee notes the report.

1.1 The demand for access to stalled spaces and unused land is the result
of a range of competing issues being faced by the Council. These
Vacant and Derelict Land – rising in extent again following several
years of contraction.
Sites with planning permission but awaiting implementation.
The impact of the economic downturn – apart from the points above it
is also affecting the appearance and attractiveness of the city to
visitors and potential investors.
Preparation/presentation of the City re the Commonwealth Games in
2014 and the 2012 Olympic Games with Hampden Park being a
Temporary greening regularly undertaken by the Council – usually
associated with housing clearances in new neighbourhoods or other
redevelopment initiatives.
1.2 At its Meeting of 30 October 2008 the Council approved a motion
recognising the impact of the economic downturn on its development
ambitions and stating that, “the Council therefore resolves to work with
site and property owners to temporarily landscape vacant sites to
create simple, but well maintained grassed areas open to the public,”
1.3 Since October 2008 the technical and legal procedures have been
refined to develop a new addition to the City Councils website. All
interested parties can now gain/seek advice from designated staff and
share good practice. The pages can be continually updated with the
latest projects developing in Glasgow.
1.4 Following an evaluation of the webpages, internally and by service
users, the pages will be redeveloped to promote initiatives under key
themes such as outdoor learning, arts projects, growing and events
space. It will also provide concise information on related topics, links to
key organisations/partners and allow community groups to share and
learn of good practice. This will also enable the tracking and
assessment of the diversity of projects seeking advice or already
developing across the City.

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Discussion Starter · #456 ·
Item 2 (9 Pages)

14th March 2012


Purpose of Report:
To update Committee on Parks Development progress emanating from the
Strategic Best Value Review and to outline further proposed actions.

It is recommended that Committee consider the progress made in Parks
Development and consider further areas for update and review.

1. Introduction
1.1 In previous reports (27 April 2011 and 5 October 2011), Committee has
been updated on parks development progress derived from the Strategic
Best Value Review of Parks.
1.2 The focus of this particular report is to outline progress made in developing
partnership working between Glasgow Life and Land and Environmental
Services in a range of areas of work.
1.3 The following projects outline where such partnership working is currently
taking place and highlight where there is a requirement to develop further
collaborative working practices. In addition, the range of complementary
activities between these organisations is outlined in Appendix 1.

2. Projects

2.1 Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre, Kelvingrove Park
2.1.1 The report on 5 October 2011 identified that work has been ongoing for
some time to secure the restoration of the listed bandstand and
amphitheatre at Kelvingrove Park.
2.1.2 This development is being carried out by a partnership comprising Land and
Environmental Services, Glasgow Life and Glasgow Building Preservation
Trust (GBPT), on the basis that a lease be developed between GBPT and
Glasgow City Council to deliver the restoration of the bandstand, and once
the renovation is complete, the lease be assigned to Glasgow Life for the
management of the renovated facility.
2.1.3 The project is now underway with a projected practical completion date of
June 2013.
2.1.4 All three organisations meet on a regular basis at progress meetings to
ensure all parties are kept informed of progress of the project against
programme, design and fundraising. Decision-making and approving
changes is undertaken jointly.
2.1.5 Funding applications have recently been submitted to the Heritage Lottery
Fund and Historic Scotland to support the renovation works. A decision on
funding through the Landfill Communities Fund is pending.

2.2 Queens Park Arena, Queens Park

2.2.1 Queens Park Arena Ltd. (QPA) is progressing the reinstatement of the
bandstand area at Queens Park in partnership with Land and Environmental
Services. QPA is a registered charity which was formed from the four
community councils surrounding Queens Park, and aims to provide a
cultural programme at the refurbished bandstand.
2.2.2 Land and Environmental Services is assisting QPA in providing the
expertise to tender and supervise both enabling and construction works.
2.2.3 Work is currently being carried out to prepare ‘heads of terms’ for a
proposed lease of the area to QPA, to facilitate their management of the site
post renovation.

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Discussion Starter · #457 ·
Public Toilets

Item 3 (8 Pages)

14th March 2012


Purpose of Report:
To provide an overview of Public Toilet provision and to highlight options for future development and expansion.

It is recommended that Committee:
�� notes the content of the report; and,
�� considers the range of options available for future expansion.

1 Introduction
1.1 Following referral from full Council, the provision Public Toilets was included in
the 2011/12 work programme of the Sustainability and the Environment Policy
Development Committee.
1.2 This report provides an overview of current provision and outlines the key
drivers for review. Options for expansion and their associated implications
have been identified for Committee consideration.
2 Overview of Current Public Convenience Provision
2.1 In 2008-09, Executive Committee approved the replacement of existing staffed
public conveniences with Automated Public Conveniences.
2.2 This measure was a direct response to addressing a range of difficulties
associated with the existing manned provision. This included:
�� Significant capital investment requirements on an ageing provision which
was no longer fit for purpose
�� DDA compliance
�� Increasing operational costs and reducing patronage
�� Limitations on opening times
�� Staffing provision and cover
�� Health and safety concerns
�� User expectations/demand
�� Anti-social behaviour
2.3 The new Automated Public Convenience (APC) facilities are provided by
Healthmatic Ltd, under contract for a period of 15 years for the lease of the
units and the associated maintenance.
2.4 The initial contract phase saw the four existing public conveniences
redeveloped, with St Vincent Place, Stevenson Street and West Campbell
Street reconfigured to accommodate the automated service.
2.5 The remaining facility at Cathedral Square could not be re-configured
adequately to comply with DDA requirements, and consequently this facility
was relocated to Collins Street.
2.6 Currently, an APC facility is under construction at the new Hampden Stadium
Park and Ride facility, which is anticipated to open in Summer 2012.

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Discussion Starter · #459 ·


This is the first Glass unit to be installed into Glasgow, and will eventually form one of six sites. It was built along the same lines as the Warsaw toilet below, using a concrete shell, and then a cladding system

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