Bags Of Help Greenspace Funding Exciting Changes

Bags Of Help Greenspace Funding Exciting Changes – Information For Community Councils

Do you know a local greenspace that needs improving in Glasgow City Council? Do you want to run activities in your greenspaces or parks? Local authorities, community groups and organisations can all apply for Tesco Bags of Help funding!

Great news – in order to give Tesco customers a say much more frequently on where their money goes, the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme is now permanently open for applications. Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland opened up to a greater range of projects that support community participation in the development and use of open spaces.

There are also some other exciting changes. Projects that can be put forward for funding include physical improvements to outdoor spaces, greenspaces and parks and activities on them. There is no match funding requirement and no restrictions on existing project funding.

Projects that will now get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

Following a public vote in Tesco stores, three projects in each of the Tesco regions will receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.
Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland. Full eligibility criteria and detailed application guidance is available online here
Good luck and please get in touch if you need support or advice when submitting your application. Sign up to our e-bulletin using the link in my signature to keep up to date with Tesco Bags of Help and other greenspace news.

Please help us spread the word in Glasgow City Council. Share this information with your networks, friends, colleagues, other groups and organisations. Feel free to use it in digital communications and e-newsletters.

Household projections for Council areas in Scotland

Household projections for Council areas in Scotland

National Records of Scotland (NRS) have published their 2014-base household projections (for 2014 to 2039). These replace the 2012-base household projections (for 2012 to 2037), which were published on 30 July 2014.

Some key results:

The number of households in Scotland is expected to rise by 14% over the projection period, from 2,418,000 in 2014 to 2,764,000 in 2039 (a growth of 13,800 per year).

In the previous projection, the number of households in Scotland was expected to rise by 17% over the projection period, from 2,387,000 in 2012 to 2,783,000 in 2037 (a growth of 15,800 per year).

The number of households in Glasgow City is expected to rise by 16% over the projection period, from 288,000 in 2014 to 335,000 in 2039 (a growth of 1,900 per year).

In the previous projection, the number of households in Glasgow City was expected to rise by 24% over the projection period, from 286,000 in 2012 to 354,000 in 2037 (a growth of 2,700 per year).

The number of households in Glasgow and Clyde Valley area (excluding Glasgow City) is expected to rise by 10% over the projection period, from 536,000 in 2014 to 587,000 in 2039 (a growth of 2,100 per year).

In the previous projection, the number of households in Glasgow and Clyde Valley area (excluding Glasgow City) was expected to rise by 8% over the projection period, from 529,000 in 2012 to 570,000 in 2037 (a growth of 1,600 per year).

In the latest population projections NRS has reallocated (in comparison with the previous 2012-base projections) some of the Conurbation’s expected population growth away from Glasgow City to other Council areas in the Conurbation. This is now reflected in the household projections, with a projected household growth for Glasgow City of 16% (was 24%) and a projected household growth for the rest of the Conurbation of 10% (was 8%). Projected household growth for the total Conurbation is 12% (was 13%).

For further information on the NRS household projections see:

Missing Cat – Broomhouse

Oreo has been missing since 15th Feb 2017 from Keepers Gate (Miller estate in Broomhouse).

She is a house cat and is very timid, if you spot her can you please call Angela on 07976 952 123

Stalled Spaces – CALL FOR PROJECTS – SPRING 2017-18

Stalled Spaces – CALL FOR PROJECTS – SPRING 2017-18

Do you know of a stalled or underused open site in your community? A site that’s been lying vacant for a while and may be a local eyesore?

Would you like to improve it and turn it in a local resource? Using it temporarily for a pop up park or a natural play area for children? A space for local biodiversity, a growing space, a space for community events, movie screenings or any other innovative idea?

Stalled Spaces can help! We are now seeking proposals from groups across the city for temporary activation of stalled or underused open spaces.

Funding between £1,000 and £4,500 is available.
Closing Date for applications: Monday, 20th March, 2017 (5 pm)

Application forms and guidance available on the website – Glasgow Stalled Spaces

Aspiring Communities Fund

Aspiring Communities Fund

The Aspiring Communities Fund is now open for applications with a deadline for submissions of 5pm on Friday 7 April 2017.  Copies of application forms and guidance can be downloaded from the Aspiring Communities web page.

Information events on the Fund are being held across Scotland, and downloadable registration forms are also available on the web page.   Please continue to check the website for booking details as once venues are confirmed we will open the events for bookings.

The Fund documentation should help you decide if this funding is suitable for your organisation and activity. You should carefully check the eligibility criteria for this fund as we will not be able to accept applications that do not meet this criteria.

If you have any questions about the Fund, please email the Aspiring Communities mailbox at however we will be unable to comment on draft applications.

Scottish Government Planning Review Consultation

Scottish Government Planning Review Consultation

On the 10th January 2017, Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing, launched “Places, people and planning: a consultation on the future of planning in Scotland.”  The consultation paper is available to view online at:   Associated research has been published alongside it.  The updated participation statement is also now available.

Responses to the consultation should be submitted to Planning and Architecture Division of the Scottish Government by 5pm on Tuesday 4 April 2017.

The consultation paper “Places, people and planning” sets out 20 proposals for change which aim to strengthen the planning system.   The Scottish Government are keen to hear all stakeholders’ views, therefore would be grateful if you could help to raise awareness of the consultation and to encourage your community council to respond.

The Scottish Government have produced a short guide for Community Councils and would be grateful if you could please circulate this to members of your community council.  The guide will be published on and

Further to this, the Scottish Government will also be announcing some events across Scotland shortly, where members of the team will be available to discuss the proposals contained within the consultation paper.  The events will be published on our website and advertised through our twitter (@scotgovplanning) and ealert system (

Aye Write Community Ticketing Initiative

Aye Write Community Ticketing Initiative

I’m delighted to be contacting you to let you know about this year’s Aye Write! Community Ticketing Initiative which is offering a limited number of free tickets across every event to community members who wouldn’t otherwise purchase tickets. We are particularly keen to encourage those who are contributing to and participating in the free events, other adult learners, creative writers and service users to take up this offer.

The offer is, however, open to community groups across the city so please pass this message on to other staff, adult learning and community group networks and contacts.

The Aye Write! 2017 programme is available at your local library or can be accessed at

Please complete the attached application form as soon as possible and submit it to
While we are encouraging adult learners and creative writers and community group members to take up this offer, we recognise that some adults may feel more comfortable attending author events with family, friends or their tutor and this is fine.
Please insert the most appropriate contact details for us to get back to you about the application.

We will contact all those who have applied by Tuesday 28th February to let them know if they have been allocated tickets. Demand may be high for certain events so, unfortunately we may not be in a position to allocated all requested tickets but we will do our best.

Greenoakhill Woodland – Update February 2017

We have received an update from the Forestry Commission/Central Scotland Green Network Trust:

The current aim is for the Forestry Commission to get more detailed information out in the press by March 2017.

The attached Maps GC001-SK01 show what will be accessible in the short term which is the path network south of the M74.

Some work has been started north of the M74 but this will not be accessible until the next phase is complete.

The next phase of works is shown in map Greenoakhill Phase 2B. This needs some refinement so details may change in the coming months.

Both maps displayed can be accessed in full-size by clicking the links below:



Dog Fouling

Dog fouling is probably the most reported issue that we see at Broomhouse Community Council.

Anyone who has walked in the area of late can clearly see that this is particular issue right now.

The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and do clean up after their dogs, however there is a minority, some of whom actually live in Broomhouse who simply refuse to clean up after their pets.

Can we please ask that all dog owners respect Broomhouse and clean up after their pets.

Glasgow City Council have very clear guidelines on dog fouling:

Dog fouling in a public place is when an owner fails to remove their dog’s mess.

If your dog fouls in an open space, you must clean it up.

We provide litter and dog waste bins in many parks and public spaces.

You can also put bagged dog waste in your domestic refuse (green) bin.

The ‘bag it bin it’ campaign is actively promoted throughout the city and signs are mounted to lamp posts and affixed in problem areas.

If you do not dispose of this type of waste in the correct way and are caught, you could receive a fixed penalty notice of £80 issued under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003.

The penalty increases to £100 if not paid within 28 days.

You can report dog fouling in a public place using our online form.

You can also report dog fouling using our MyGlasgow app. You can download our app from your app store.

To report dog fouling using social media, follow our Environmental Task Force on Twitter @theenvtaskforce or on Facebook Envtaskforce.

You can also report dog fouling in a public place by phoning us on 0141 287 1059.


Good Afternoon,

Please find below and attached information regarding major upcoming works at the M8/A8  Baillieston Interchange for your attention.

A dedicated web page has been set up and can be seen on the Transport Scotland home page –

Follow on facebook here also:


Please feel free to cascade this information to any interested parties.



Date: 02 February 2017


Dear Sir / Madam,








  • Significant delays on M8/A8 corridor, M73 and local roads near Baillieston Interchange from 17 February 2017 for approx. ten weeks


  • M8/A8 traffic on approach to Baillieston Interchange, Junction 8, diverted via new A8 alignment



Scottish Roads Partnership is responsible for completing the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project on behalf of Transport Scotland.


We are writing to inform you of major works and traffic management on the M8/A8 corridor in both directions on approach to Baillieston Interchange.


As part of the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, the M8/A8 east and westbound traffic will be diverted via the newly-aligned A8 near Bargeddie, from 8 pm on Friday 17th February 2017, for approximately ten weeks.


This diversion is required to connect the existing M8 to the newly constructed M8 at Baillieston Interchange. Following these works, the M8 ‘Missing Link’ will be complete, and the new M8 between Baillieston Interchange and Eurocentral will open to traffic for the first time.


Access to all routes will be maintained and signed diversions will be in place on all approaches to Baillieston Interchange, however, significant delays are expected on the diversion routes, the M73 north and southbound and the surrounding local roads.


Road users are advised to plan their journey in advance and allow extra time. If possible, road users should avoid Baillieston Interchange, use an alternative route or an alternative mode of transport.


In addition, North Lanarkshire Council has promoted a temporary closure of the A89 westbound Coatbridge Road, between Langmuir Road and the new Bargeddie Roundabout, for the duration of the diversion to assist with traffic flows.


A temporary roundabout will also be in place at the junction of the A8 westbound Bargeddie off-slip and the A752 Aitkenhead Road.


Traffic flows will be monitored at key locations throughout the diversion routes.


We would like to reassure you that we will utilise best practice methods of working where possible to keep disturbance to a minimum. All works undertaken are subject to consultation with North Lanarkshire Council and the Local Authority Environmental Services before being implemented.


Further information on this closure can be obtained at


Traffic management layouts change regularly; therefore road users are advised to routinely check the Transport Scotland website and the Traffic Scotland website for live updates; and


If you have any enquiries regarding these works, please contact us on 0800 042 0188 or


kind regards

Scottish Roads Partnership

Tel: 0800 042 0188


For further details on the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project visit: