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The 7th annual Glasgow Allotment Forum Potato Day will be held on Sunday 18 February 2018 from 11am to 3pm at The Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre, 13 Whitevale Street, Dennistoun, G31 1QW.

All are welcome, so please spread the word to friends, family, schools, work-mates and fellow gardeners. There will be over 50 varieties of seed potato, the majority of which are Scottish grown. You will find old favourites as well as new additions and, again, can buy from as little as one tuber to larger amounts, although the day is more about variety than quantity. There will be onion sets, shallot sets and garlic as well as fertiliser and potato planter bags and Kings Seeds. New this year will be broad beans and peas ‘by the scoop’.

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Green Gym 6The Green Gym is about healthy people and healthy places where volunteers meet up once a week to work together on improving local green spaces around West Glasgow.

The dates and locations for January are:

Sessions run from 11.00am to 2.00pm. Tea and coffee are provided and we usually stop for this about 12.30pm. If you need any more information, are unable to attend a session or have any problems locating the meeting point, please contact Margaret at Drumchapel Life on 0141 944 6004 or Peter Kane on 07856 607109

These events are listed on our online community calendar along with lots of other events in the local area and beyond – check out the calendar to see what else is going on!

A new Planning Bill has been published by the Scottish Government. The new legislation to simplify and improve the planning system has been set out by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart.

Mr Stewart described how the Planning (Scotland) Bill, will create a new structure for a more proactive and enabling system with clearer development plans, earlier engagement with communities, streamlined procedures and smarter resourcing.

The Bill builds on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year.

Mr Stewart said, “Scotland’s economy needs a world-class planning system. Our planning system must take a strong and confident lead in securing the development of great places that will stand the test of time and this Bill will encourage more people to play an active role in shaping these.”

Go Bike, the Strathclyde cycle campaign, have been undertaking cycling and walking tours of each electoral ward with local councillors. At the start of December we joined in with the tour of Ward 13 Garscadden and Scotstounhill.

Two of the four local Councillors for Scotstounhill/Garscadden, Michael Cullen and Chris Cunningham, joined GoBike committee member, Alasdair Macdonald and DRCETs Neil Lovelock for the tour.

The tour started and finished from Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre and covered over 13 km around the ward area. There is some really good cycling infrastructure in the Ward, in particular the traffic section of the National Cycle Network, and further improvements are planned as part of the Knightswood BMX track development.

However, there are also areas where things can be improved and in particular linking these good pieces of infrastructure together is also important.

The Councillors were also given copies of the Cycling UK’s publication Space for Cycling guide for decision makers.

You can see details of the route cycled in the image below and on the Go Bike website. There are also some additional photos and some of the tweets that were sent!

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GCC_EnvTaskForce_ImageThe Environmental Task Force was established by Glasgow City Council and to focus on improving environmental services and delivering them at a local level.

That means having teams in your area every week, dealing with the environmental issues you’ve told us are most important to you – fly tipping, clean-ups and litter– quickly and effectively. In addition, other services to address graffiti and dog fouling will also be working across the city to support the work of those teams.

You can report an incident in the following ways:

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Friends of Victoria Park are holding a festive Christmas Tree decorating event in Victoria Park at 11am on Saturday 16 December can the event will be rounded off with a few Christmas carols and songs.

They introduced this event last year and the tree close to the beautiful Oswald Clock at the small pond was a very cheerful sight over the festive period.

They have sprayed some pine cones and have ribbons ready to hang them up but they would also welcome any spare decorations or even better, some home made ones. If they have too many they might do up two trees to really put us all in a festive mood.

Children are very welcome accompanied by an adult. More information on their website.

Bike Life, the UK’s biggest assessment of cycling in cities, reveals four out of five people (78%) want more protected bike routes on roads built to make cycling safer, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic.

Bike Life, produced by Sustrans and seven major UK cities, reveals that out of the 7,700 people surveyed over two-thirds (69%) say more cycling would make their city a better place to live and work. Most residents interviewed think that more space for cycling and walking or buses, as opposed to more space for cars, is the best way to keep their city moving, improve people’s health or air quality.

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Main Office
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL
t: 0141 433 0427
e: getinvolved@
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Wed 11am-3pm, Thu 1pm-5pm
40 Kingsway Court, Scotstoun, Glasgow G14 9SU
m: 07515 879747
e: deilsonwheels@
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