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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity has asked people to join their Plastic Challenge this June.

MCS says the amount of plastic litter on our beaches and in the sea is increasing, and with it the threat to marine life. Plastic bags, bottles and tiny plastic pieces are regularly found in the stomachs of turtles and other sea creatures, and in some cases have caused their death from starvation or choking.

Our bins are increasingly full of ready meal containers, plastic bags and plastic bottles. You see the streets, cycle paths and hedgerows littered with them.

We use single use plastics for just about everything, from brushing our teeth and showering to buying and storing our food and other products. It’s durable and lightweight, but it’s these properties that allow it to persist in the environment for hundreds to thousands of years.

Here at DRCET we’ve decided to take on the challenge during June and see if we can give up using single use plastic items for the month, in an attempt to improve our local community as well as the seas!

Find out more on the MSC website or on Twitter – @mscuk and #plasticchallenge

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PlayOnPedalsDe’ils on Wheels is taking part in a city wide children’s bike amnesty as part of the Play On Pedals project and Pass It On week.

Play on Pedals gives pre-school children across Glasgow the chance to learn to ride a bike before they start school.

We are looking for donations of unwanted balance bikes (ideally with a brake) or 12″ children’s pedal bikes. These will be checked by our qualified mechanics and made available to nurseries across the city.

You can drop off unwanted bikes at De’ils On Wheels workshop every Wednesday (11am-3pm) and Thursday (1-5pm) throughout March.

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hos_jumble_sale_feb17Heart of Scotstoun will be holding two events over the coming weeks to raise their profile and raise funds for the community centre.

The first event is a Jumble Sale which will take place from 10am to 2pm on Saturday 11 February. If you have any items to donate to the jumble sale please drop them off at the reception desk at the Centre – thanks!

hos_vintage_tea_party_feb17HoS will also be hosting a Vintage tea party from 1-4pm on Sunday 26 February – £3.50 for adults and £2 for children. The tea party will be run by our volunteers who have done an awesome job ensuring the day to day running of our cafe. All donations baking would be greatly welcome…

Everyone welcome and you can keep up to date on the Heart of Scotstoun Facebook page!

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frackingconsultThe Scottish Government recently launched a consultation into the use of fracking. The future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland has proven both complex and controversial, and deeply held, sincere views have emerged on all sides of the debate.

A dedicated website has been created for the duration of the consultation that will provide user-friendly information on unconventional oil and gas and the findings of the research commissioned by the Scottish Government. Discussion tool-kits have also been created to help communities and other groups participate in the consultation, which will run from 31 January to 31 May 2017.

Friends of the Earth Scotland Head of Campaigns Mary Church said:

Fracking is bad for the climate, bad for public health and threatens communities across Scotland. Nation-wide resistance led the Scottish Government to call a halt to onshore gas drilling and fracking two years ago. If we don’t turn the current moratorium into a ban, communities across the central belt of Scotland will continue to be at risk from this dirty industry.

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WHmalcolm_residents-protestIt has been nearly 28 months since the initial proposal of application notice was received outlining the plans to install a gasification plant at the South Street site. Yesterday we received confirmation that the report and recommendations has been submitted to Scottish Ministers.

With regards to timescales a senior planner will do an assessment of the report and this would then be used to inform the submission to the Minister. Ministers intention is to issue decisions within 2 months of receipt of the report in the majority of cases and in all cases within 3 months.

NoGasificationPlantThis means we can expect to hear from the Ministers hopefully before the end of March and certainly before the end of April.

We also thought it would be useful to reflect on the what has happened over the past 28 months…

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NoGasificationPlantThe campaign against the proposed developed of a gasification plant by WH Malcolm at their South Street site has been moving very slowly.

Scotstoun Community Council recently received a letter from Bill Kidd, the MSP for Glasgow Anniesland, with a copy of a letter from Kevin Stewart the Minister for Housing and Local Government, who will be making the final decision, about the timescales (see letters below.)

WH Malcolm submitted an appeal to the Scottish Government in May and this was followed by a site visit by the appointed reporter in early July and they had indicated a decision would be made by the end of the summer.

However there has been no decision to date and in October the Scottish Minister’s called the decision in the letter below indicates that the report will be submitted to the Minister early in the New Year and they hope a decision will be reached by April 2017! We will keep you updated on progress.

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whiteinchxmasfair2016cropGet set for Christmas at the Whiteinch Centre Christmas Fair. Cards, crafts, presents, raffle and lots, lots more. Come along and join in the fun on Saturday 10 December 2016 from 10am to 1pm.

We will be along with a range of Xmas goodies from De’ils On Wheels including some fantastic clocks made from recycled bike parts, bowls made from old vinyl records and a selection of bike chain key rings and Xmas tree decorations. So why not pop down and see us!

If you are interested in having a table at the event please contact The Whiteinch Centre. You can download the poster here whiteinchxmasfair2016

community-calendarThis event is 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!

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De'ils On Wheels Bike Workshop

WH Malcolm campaign

Contact Details

Main Office
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, 64 Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL
t: 0141 433 0427
e: getinvolved@

De'ils On Wheels
Wed 11am-3pm, Thu 1pm-5pm
40 Kingsway Court, Scotstoun, Glasgow G14 9SU
m: 07515 879747
e: deilsonwheels@

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