Glasgow City Council continues to have a Labour Party majority following the local government election.
It has 44 seats compared to 47 after the previous election. The SNP have 27 seats compared to 19 before. The Green Party have five seats which is the same as before but with a couple of new people. The Tory Party still has David Meikle flying the flag in Pollokshields. There is one Independent – Stephen Dornan who won Govan as a Glasgow First candidate.
He is a disenchanted Labour Party Councillor. The Liberal Democrats – who held six seats in the previous administration – returned only one person – Margot Clark in Linn Ward which was the first to be called on the day.
Commented Labour elder statesman Mohammad Sarwar who was the first Muslim to become an Westminster MP: ‘When the Labour Party is united across all levels – Westminster, Hollyrood and Local Authority –it is unbeatable. If the SNP had won Glasgow they would have claimed that as a victory for independence. But people are too frightened to separate the UK. And it must also be said that the Labour team put in a lot of hard work and effort.’
Said Gordon Matheson who was Labour Group leader last time round: ‘I’m delighted personally and delighted for all the candidates. We will work with all parties and draw strength from others. Our priority is the people of Glasgow so it’s back to work for them, now.’
Youngest of the new SNP Councillors is 18-year-old Austin Sheridan,
elected in Baillieston. He was an active Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) – and said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled. The fact that we had two SNP seats in Baillieston in 2007 at the last council elections and we’ve won two today, shows that we can hold a seat once we’ve gained it.’
Said Green Party Councillor Dr Nina Baker: ‘We are very pleased and have done better than all prediction. We have two great, new Councillors in Liam Hainey in Langside and Martin Bartos in Partick West. With Martha Wardrop re-elected in Hillhead, Kieran Wild in Canal and myself in Anderston/City we are well pleased with our five.’
The people of Mansewood and Hillpark are not the only communities facing cuts in bus services. First Glasgow has stated the following five services will be withdrawn:
Route 2 – Toryglen and Croftfoot
Route 25 – Govan and Silverburn
Route 29 – Manswood, Hillpark and Shawlands
Route 91 – Partick and Clydebank
Route 92 – restricted to operate between Partick Bus Station and Gartnavel Hospital only.
But Glasgow City Council has been told of others to be withdrawn:
Route 11 – Bearsden Road/Switchback – diverted from Glasgow Road, Clydebank to Barns Street/East Barns Street.
Route 42 – Drumchapel and City Centre via Garscadden, Scotstoun, Partick and Charing Cross – evening operation to be withdrawn.
Route 119 – Baljaffray and Castlemains Estate
Route 213A – Bargeddie to Buchanan Bus Station via Baillieston, Edinburgh Road, Cranhill and Alexandra Parade – Sunday day service to be withdrawn.
In addition, many established routes will have major timetable changes.
Two young Eastenders have won awards for their skills and efforts after turning their lives around with the help of a charity.
Mark McAllister, 20, from Dennistoun, and Gary Scott, 18, from Baillieston, won commendations in the Youthbuild Young Builder of the Year awards. The lads were helped into apprenticeships by a Youthbuild programme run by Action for Children Scotland.
from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Mark is in his first year of a joinery apprenticeship with McTaggart Construction and Gary started in January as an apprentice painter and decorator with the Bell Group.
The Action for Children Youthbuild programme involves detailed preparation for working on building sites followed by 26 weeks experience with full pay working for a firm.
How the young person performs will depend on whether or not they are offered an apprenticeship or full-time job.
Two other young people from Inverclyde who have received support from Action for Children were also honoured in a special ceremony at Westminster by Nick Raynsford MP, who sits on a number of housing and construction committees in Parliament.
Kevin Leitch, 19, who is now a third-year apprentice joiner with McTaggart Construction was highly commended, and Kevin O’Donnell, 18, who is employed with WH Malcolm in Inverclyde was commended. Both are from Greenock.
Something is cooking for a Glasgow family and an after-school care club in Glasgow after they both scooped £3000 first prizes in an Ikea competition.
Mother-of-five Anne Cannon, from Baillieston, and Barlanark Out-of-School Care Club were the big winners as Ikea launched their latest catalogue. Both winners made kitchens their priority when it comes to splashing out.
Entrants were asked to say in 50 words why they deserved to win the prizes in the UK-wide competition.
Barlanark childcare worker Donna Keown said: ‘When I got the phone call to say we’d won I was completely taken aback. This means we’ll be able to give the kitchen a makeover and get lots of new equipment and toys for the children.’
Barlanark Out-of-School Care Club has been running for 13 years and caters for up to 70 children from local primary and secondary schools.
Anne and husband John have been looking to upgrade their kitchen since 2005.
‘Our kitchen is beyond repair,’ said Anne. ‘It needs some tender loving care now. It has been looking fairly sad for some time. We’d like to use the kitchen as a place for all the family to gather and help prepare the meal and share in the chat.’
The Cannons had their kitchen plans well in hand when they visited Ikea Glasgow store manager Lars Wingren to collect their prize.
‘The judging panel had a tough job,’ said Lars, ‘But both recipients are worthy winners.’
The track, which was two years in the making, was a result of requests from pupils who wanted a venue where they could train without travelling a distance.
The only other inner city mountain bike track is in Pollok Country Park. It was opened in 2004.
Triple Olympic cycling champion, Chris Hoy, who opened the Pollok track said: ‘This new track may bring on the next generation of Olympians.’
Almost 100 individuals, including 60 pupils, gathered in the pouring rain on Tuesday October 21 to watch demonstration rides by the team.
Pupils from Bannerman High, and feeder primary schools Swinton, Sandaig and Caledonia also took part in races.
The 1km bike trail, which will also be open to the local community, has been constructed around the school’s football and hockey pitch. It is designed to improve the confidence of off-road cyclists and improve their mountain biking skills.
A hard grade circuit has jumps, ramps, cobbled stones and raised embankments while an easier grade circuit is made up of gentle bends and surfaced stone.
The track was funded by Sustrans, a leading UK charity focused on sustainable transport. It was built in response to the huge rise in popularity of mountain biking in Scotland.
Councillor Euan McLeod, Convenor of the Land and Environmental Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee told the gathering: ‘The young people of Bannerman High have been at the heart of this project.’
John Lauder, Sustrans Scotland Director, said: ‘Through our project ‘Tackling the School Run’ we know that more and more children are cycling to school. The more opportunities young people have to get on their bikes the more they will do just that.’
A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: ‘It is hoped the track will also provide a bridge between the secondary school and its feeder primary schools, so easing the transition for pupils.’
The sudden death of Labour Councillor Douglas ‘Dougie’ Hay on 27 September, means Baillieston will soon have to hold a third by-election.
Aged 76, Dougie had been a full time trade union official for the National Union of Public Employees from 1978 till his retirement in 1995. He came out of retirement to stand for the Baillieston multi-member ward in May 2007 and was elected with 1341 votes alongside Jim Coleman who polled 2689 votes.
Lord Provost Bob Winter said: ‘Dougie was a respected Councillor who was very conscientious in his work for his constituents. He was a man of independent mind who was passionate about social justice and public service in particular about the NHS and its founder, Nye Bevan.’
Steven Purcell, Labour group leader in the City Council, said: ‘Dougie was a great champion of the underdog. He was passionate about his constituents and was very proud to represent Baillieston. His quick wit and intelligence proved great fun at social occasions and added to the lively debate in the Labour group and in Council meetings.’
Councillor Hay had served the Baillieston area at Strathclyde Regional Council from 1975 until its abolition when he then represented that neighbourhood as a City Council councillor from 1996 till 1999 when he retired from that aspect of politics.
A joiner to trade he served his apprenticeship at Wylie & Lochhead and worked for more than 30 years in John Brown and Govan Shipbuilders’ yards. He was active in the 1971 ‘work-in’ at Upper Clyde Shipbuilders. An outdoors man, he was a keen skier and walker and taught his three children to ski and camp. He established the John Smith Memorial Walk as a charity fundraiser for the Scottish Labour Party. He was involved in planning the 50th and the 60th anniversary celebrations of the National Health Service.
Dougie is survived by his wife Janet, his children Kirstin, Gavin and Shona and seven grandchildren.
The East End Healthy Living Centre’s Doors Open event celebrated the facility’s third birthday with several hundred people joining the party at Crownpoint Road.
Recently refurbished, the café was well tested, the children’s play areas indoors and out, were busy and there was plenty to see and do. The beautifully equipped gym offered taster sessions for their Lifestyle programme. Computer nerds and geeks congregated in the computer room. Those interested in the arts and crafts side of healthy living, could see the work of the Picture Perfect Photograhic Club, the creative writing class, the Weaving group and the Cooking Club.
The alternative stress centre based within the G40 building runs relaxation and massage classes among others and provides counselling too. Outside, the professional standard running track is used by Shettleston Harriers and Red Star Athletics Clubs and full sized football pitches, tennis courts and five-aside all-weather sports space are all there for interested individuals. The Centre’s facilities are open to the public with special rates for residents in selected parts of the G40, G31, G32 and G4 postal code areas covering Shettleston, Baillieston, Calton and the East End. The Centre’s management team are working to secure the future of the community complex in partnership with the exciting developments in the East End where the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be based.