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Glasgow in the final two for Eurovision 2023

Glasgow has been shortlisted with Liverpool as the final two cities in the running to host Eurovision 2023.

Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “We’re excited that Glasgow has made it to the final two cities in the running to host Eurovision and a celebration of Ukraine next year. 

“The competition has been very strong, but Glasgow has an unrivalled track-record for successfully hosting major global events.

“Between that experience and expertise; our famous live music scene, and one of the world’s top entertainment venues in the OVO Hydro – Glasgow has everything it takes to host a show that the whole Eurovision family can be proud of.”

Culture Minister Neil Gray said: “We are delighted that Glasgow has made the final selection to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

“The Scottish Government will continue to engage with Glasgow council as they progress their final bid.”

Contact details released for relatives

A telephone number for members of the public who are concerned about relatives who may have been involved in the Glasgow helicopter crash has been established.

The Police Scotland Casualty Bureau number – 0800 092 0410 – is now live.

Callers should ONLY contact the Casualty Bureau number if they have concerns for relatives who may have been in the Clutha Vaults pub or surrounding area at the time of the incident.

Contact Details

As above, the telephone number for members of the public who are concerned about relatives who may have been involved in the Glasgow helicopter crash is

0800 092 0410

Callers should ONLY contact this number if they have concerns for relatives who may have been in the Clutha Vaults pub or surrounding area at the time of the incident.

£100 Winter Warmer on offer from Glasgow council

Glasgow residents aged 80 and over are being urged to apply for their annual £100 Affordable Warmth Dividend.

For a third year, Glasgow City Council is offering older city residents money to help heat their homes during the winter.

Since the council introduced the dividend in November 2011, a total of 30,000 payments have been awarded to help older Glaswegians stay warm as temperatures plummet.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Sustainable Glasgow, met May Dryden, aged 85, of Cowcaddens who receives the dividend.

The great grandmother said: “I think this is a fabulous initiative which will make a terrific difference to a lot of people. It is a wonderful thing for the council to do and very important. I would encourage other people to apply for it.”

Councillor Matheson said: “Older people are particularly vulnerable during cold weather and many worry about how they will pay their heating bills as energy prices continue to rise.

“I’m delighted that for the third year running, the city council can help residents over the age of 80 keep warm during the winter.

“So far, we’ve been relatively lucky with the weather this year, but two years ago we had the coldest winter on record. I’d ask everyone to be prepared. If you think you might be eligible for the Affordable Warmth Dividend please apply to the council.”

Those who received it last year will be sent a letter from Cllr Matheson advising them the dividend is available again. In addition, anyone the council can identify as eligible from our records will also receive a letter urging them to apply. People can receive payment by cheque or directly into their bank.

Glasgow residents aged 80 plus who have not received the dividend before can obtain an application form from the council’s website (link below) or by phoning 0141 287 7961.

Dividend payments are not restricted to one per household. If more than one person aged 80 or older lives in a house they can apply separately. Elderly people living in residential care or hospitals can also apply. Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2014.

People who take up the £100 dividend can also receive impartial energy tips from Glasgow Home Energy Advice Team (G-HEAT) on 0800 0929002.

The council has pledged that income generated from its sustainability projects will contribute to Warm Glasgow, the long-term initiative to make affordable warmth a reality for all in the city.

Further information on the Affordable Warmth Dividend is available athttp://www.glasgow.gov.uk/affordablewarmth

Remembrance Day Service to be held in George Square

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty will lead the Remembrance Sunday service in George Square on Sunday 10 November.

Members of the public are invited to observe the ceremony, during which Glasgow’s First Citizen, in her role as Lord Lieutenant, will lay a wreath.

The Lord Provost said: “Anyone who wishes to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in conflicts is welcome to attend. This is a poignant event at which all the military are represented. There are always ex servicemen and women there too.”

A Guard of Honour will be formed by the Royal Navy and music will be provided by Her Majesty’s Band of the Royal Marines.

Anyone wishing to attend should arrive in George Square for 10.30am.

Bellahouston Park gets a new rose sculpture

The Mackintosh-themed rose has been skilfully carved by sculptor Robert Coia with help from Pirie Park Primary pupils.

It is one of 11 intricate hand-made oak timber sculptures being installed in each of the city’s hub parks.

The 3.8 m tall rose, situated just outside the entrance to the grounds of House for an Art Lover, is fashioned from five Mackintosh roses representing the traditional European species of Old English Garden Roses.

It’s the fourth Commonwealth Legacy sculpture to be installed as part of the council’s Commonwealth Hub Parks Initiative and made entirely of recycled timber from fallen, damaged trees.

The P5 pupils designed, created and carved in plaster, their own Mackintosh rose which Robert used to create rose-shaped stepping stones which surround the base of the sculpture.

The artwork also features a bronze resin copper colour Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Legacy logo.

The parks twinning initiative links Glasgow’s green spaces with different regions and countries of the Commonwealth. There are 11 parks being used as educational hubs to allow schools to visit and find out about sustainability, nature and the environment.

Gifted sculptor, Robert, has already carved the life-sized elephant in Pollok Country Park and will carve a giant panda for Queen’s Park, a Snow Leopard for Springburn Park and a Whooper Swan for Hogganfield Loch, as well as a South Seas Tikki sculpture for the Botanic Gardens and a Native American bench for Glasgow Green.

Councillor Alistair Watson, Glasgow’s Executive Member for Transport and Sustainability, joined the pupils from Pirie Park primary and Robert for the official unveiling.  He said: “It’s hard to believe that this amazing piece of work was hand-made using the timber from damaged trees. The pupils and Robert have done a fantastic job and should be very proud indeed.

“The parks twinning initiative is about getting more people involved with our city’s parks and has helped inspire a new cultural activity among young people as they learn about different Commonwealth countries.

“As we get closer to the 2014 Commonwealth Games excitement is building across the city and the installation of these magnificent sculptures will be a lasting legacy and feature in our parks for years to come.”

The parks project is part of a legacy initiative that centres on twinning schools and parks in the city with countries of the Commonwealth. Schools visit their partner park and participate in a variety of practical, active and outdoor learning experiences alongside the Countryside Rangers.

12 candidates for Shettleston by-election

Twelve candidates will contest the by-election in the Shettleston ward of Glasgow City Council on 5 December 2013.

Nominations have now closed and the list of candidates is as follows:

Charles Baillie, Britannica

Tommy Ball, Scottish Socialist Party – People Not Profit

Jamie Cocozza, Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Laura Doherty, Scottish National Party (SNP)

Alasdair Duke, Scottish Green Party

John Flanagan, No Bedroom Tax – No Welfare Cuts

Raymond McCrae, Scottish Conservative and Unionist

Victor Murphy, Scottish Christian Party ‘Proclaiming Christ’s Lordship’

Martin Neill, Scottish Labour Party

James Speirs, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Arthur Misty Thackeray, UKIP

James Trolland, Scottish Democratic Alliance

It is being held following the death of Councillor George Ryan.

The by-election will be run on the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system.

The venue for the count is Wellshot Hall, 350 Wellshot Road, Glasgow G32 7QR.

Electors wishing to vote by post have until 5pm on 19 November 2013, to apply, and anyone who cannot vote in person has until 5pm on 26 November 2013, to apply for a proxy vote.

Application forms are available from the Electoral Registration Officer on 0141 287 4444 or here: Elections and Voting

Glasgow City Council approves £3.3million for Shawlands Town Centre Action Plan

The Glasgow City Council Executive Committee approved spending capital funds of £3.3million towards the Shawlands Town Centre Action Plan this week.

The sum is to be spent over the next five years and the council hopes it might be supplemented by other avenues of funding.

The Glasgow Reporter talked with a delighted Shawlands and Strathbungo Community Council Chair Andrew Montgomery, about his reaction to the news.  Montgomery said:-  “It’s absolutely great for all of us who have worked so long and so hard to get this approval.  It’s great to now be at the stage where we at least now know that the future for Shawlands is on the way up rather than the way down.”

Montgomery acknowledged the work of Councillor Archie Graham in ensuring the plan reached the Executive Committee.  “We are grateful to Archie Graham, the councillor for Langside, and the Deputy Leader of the Council, for pushing the Town Centre Action Plan forward, and getting it on the Executive Committee agenda so early in the new year for the administration.”

Last night the Shawlands and Strathbungo Community Council held a scheduled meeting to discuss how to progress the Town Centre Action Plan which coincidentally fell the same day the news that the funding was approved.

The Community Council plans to make an application to Awards for All to get some grant money and then apply for other funding from the local Area Committees so they can start making improvements to the community.  Last night they defined potential short term and medium to long term action plans.

Short term ideas include transforming the wall that supports the walkway to the Shawlands Arcade into a mural which Montgomery says is similar to what they have done underneath the Kingston Bridge.  Another idea was to fund the replacement of the telephone box outside the Granary at Shawlands Cross with an old traditional telephone box which can be bought second hand.  The Community Council were also keen to discuss installing hanging flower baskets along Pollokshaws and Kilmarnock Roads with the Shawlands Business Association to beautify the area.

The lack of public toilets in the area was also raised.  Montgomery said:-  “One of the key things that we discussed  was that as representatives of the community and as members of the community we really need to feed into that plan at the very early stages so that the voices of residents are heard.  It  constantly came up that there are no public toilets in Shawlands.”

He pointed out that the are has no baby changing facilities either and added:- “if Shawlands is to have a vibrant daytime and evening economy, then we think the provision of public toilets is something that’s crucial. Again it could be something that in the early stages of the plan could be provided, on the basis that it’s not going to be something that would be wasted money, because it is something that in every survey has constantly come up.”

One medium to longer term potential improvement the Community Council discussed at their meeting was the refurbishment of the area in front of Langside Hall; by removing the trees outside and relocating the taxi rank a public square with raised seating could be created, which could also double as a stage for any public events.  Montgomery said:-  “If that could be done in the next couple of years, as we come into the Commonwealth Games year in 2014,  it would create a potential area where events could happen and visiting fans could gather and things could go on there.”

Montgomery is mindful that the money will need to be spent carefully.  He said:- “We can step back from the kind of idea that £3.3 million pounds is a welcome amount of money, but it’s not a pot of gold.  We will need to certainly be very careful of how that money is spent.”

The Town Centre Action Plan proposes the creation of a Shawlands Partnership which will bring together key local partners and stakeholders including the Community Council.  Montgomery expects that there will be another Town Centre Action Plan meeting which will set about establishing the Shawlands Partnership and he is looking forward to working with other organisations to implement the Plan.

He said:-  “It is absolutely critical now that plan has been approved, that funding has been allocated and we now need to motor on and work with the local councillors, the council, the Shawlands Business Association.  We all need to work together to see what significant improvements can be made in the area and that obviously includes AWG who have such a strong holding in the form of the Shawlands Arcade.”

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy at Glasgow City Council, said on the Glasgow City Council website:- “Shawlands Town Centre is undoubtedly one of our premier civic centres, a favourite destination for both shoppers and those using its renowned bars and restaurants.  The council has joined with local people and businesses in recent times to create a plan that can take Shawlands forward over the next five years, and I believe this Action Plan marks the beginning of a very exciting period for the area.”

Local Elections 2012 – Labour election agent’s comments ‘devastating’

Local government elections take place on 3 May 2012 and there is already a bitter contest hotting up at The City Chambers.

The SNP have said that online comments made by the man behind Labour’s biggest election campaign in Glasgow are a ‘body blow’ to their campaign. Dominic Dowling, who is the election agent for all of Labour’s 45 Glasgow Council candidates, has used the Labour Hame website to praise the leadership of Alex Salmond and also deride his own party’s inability to connect to voters since devolution.

The comments – made last summer and reported in today’s Sunday Herald – also warn that the result the council election ‘could be devastating’ unless Labour got its message out through grassroots campaigning.

Mr Dowling also describes Alex Salmond as ‘a politician of genuine caliber [sic.]’ and said he has “connected with the electorate in a way that none of Labour’s post-devolution Scottish leaders has done.”

Since these comments were made, the Glasgow Labour council group has been plunged into internal chaos and infighting, with a third of sitting councillors deselected, and a spate of resignations that has seen Gordon Matheson’s comfortable council majority evaporate.

James Dornan, SNP MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, commented:

“Mr Dowling has a key role in Labour’s election campaign, and his assessment of the state of the party is devastating. This is a body blow to Labour’s crisis-hit campaign in Glasgow, and beyond.

“His warning that the results of the council elections ‘could be devastating’ unless Labour got its message out has not been heeded. Labour have instead reverted to type, with a relentless stream of negativity filling in for their complete lack of ideas.

“By contrast, SNP candidates on the doorstep are able to put forward a positive platform to build for recovery, and help families with the council tax freeze and our commitment to extend the Living Wage to all council employees.”

Planning Applications Committee meeting 1 November 2011

The planning applications committee meets on Tuesday morning to discuss some planning proposals the most noteable of which is the plan to revamp part of the Broomielaw by putting up four 2 storey buildings for use as shops and restaurants with outside seating areas.

Meanwhile you can access the full list of all planning applications which have started their planning journey this week on the City Council website.

Here is the full agenda for the meeting:-
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Glasgow MSP urges Council rethink

Newly elected MSP for Glasgow, Humza Yousaf, has urged Glasgow City Council to call a moratorium on their proposals to withdraw concessionary rates for local charities.

The current proposals are estimated, by Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS), to affect 200 local charities, community groups and service providers.

Mr Yousaf has released an open letter to Glasgow City Council from local charities, national organisations, international NGOs, civic leaders and cross party MSPs calling for a rethink on the proposed plans.

The letter urges the city council to consult with the third sector and warns that many local services will be lost, if the plans go ahead, with the cost having to be met by the local authority and taxpayers.

Humza Yousaf MSP said:

“I’ve been consulting many local charities over the last week and it is clear that these plans are making all of them extremely anxious and worried.

“The findings from GCVS clearly indicate that many of Glasgow’s loved charities and local community organisations will have to shut if their rent is forcibly increased by the City Council.

“The proposal seems extremely ill thought out. With local services, such as Carers centres, having to be reduced or scrapped, the taxpayer and the city council will have to pick up the bill

“These proposals are a dagger in the heart of Glasgow’s historic and global reputation as a caring and compassionate city.

“With support from DEC members such as Oxfam and Islamic Relief, Civic leaders from Churches and Mosques and even cross-party support from my parliamentary colleagues, I am sure the call for a moratorium is loud and clear. I urge Glasgow City Council to listen to that call.”

The letter is below:

Charity Concessionary Rates

We the undersigned, urge Glasgow City Council to reconsider its position to withdraw concessionary rental rates for charities across the city.

We believe that Glasgow has an historic tradition of responding to those most vulnerable in our society and current proposals would threaten this global reputation.

Many of the charities affected offer a vital local service which they can only provide because of the concessionary rental scheme. The withdrawal of this will lead to many of them having to either close down or provide a seriously reduced service.

We believe the cost to the local authority of losing these services will far outweigh the income they may generate from withdrawing the concessionary rate.

We therefore call on Glasgow City Council to put an immediate moratorium on their plans and consult with the third sector to find a way forward, whereby Glasgow’s reputation as a caring city is not put at risk.

Judith Robertson – Director Oxfam Scotland

Habib Malik – Chairperson Islamic Relief Scotland

Rev. Neil Galbraith – Moderator of the Glasgow Presbytery

Mr Shaheen Tufail – President of Glasgow Central Mosque (TBC)

Rev. John Matthews – Chair Faith in Community Scotland

Martin Sime – Scottish Council Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

Helen MacNeil – Chief Exec Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS)

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

Dr Rami Ousta –Black and Ethnic Minority Infrastructure Scotland (BEMIS)

Colin Lee – Council for Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations (CEMVO)

Gary Christie – Head of Policy & Communications Scottish Refugee Council

Ross Galbraith –Glasgow the Caring City

Agnes G. McGroarty – Glasgow Forum of Scottish Seniors Alliance

Humza Yousaf MSP (Glasgow Region)

Sandra White MSP (Glasgow Kelvin)

James Dornan MSP (Glasgow Cathcart)

John Mason MSP (Glasgow Shettleston)

Bill Kidd (Glasgow Anniesland)

Bob Doris (Glasgow Region – SNP)

Ruth Davidson MSP (Glasgow Region – Scottish Conservatives)

Patrick Harvie (Glasgow Region – Scottish Green Party)

Angela Donaldson – Scotland Director Arthritis Care Scotland

Shirley Maxwell – Epilepsy Connections

Elizabeth Gore – Energy Action Scotland

David Thomson – Destiny Church

Frances Monaghan – Wise Women

Mohammed Rajak – Ucare Foundation

Jack Trow – Harps Community Project

Robina Qureshi – Positive Action in Housing

Firooz Behseresht – Iranian Scottish Association

Derek Goh – Glasgow Chinese Association Kut-O Village Benevolent Society

Furrah Arshad – Ethnic Enable

Arvind Salwan – New Media Corp

Ian Dickson – Your Choice (Strathclyde)

Kiran Women’s Support Group