House-breaking/Burglary/Sneak-in thefts

We are acutely aware that there has been a significant rise in house/property crime and attempted crime in the Broomhouse area lately.

For the most part this has not involved actual forced entry, rather it is opportunist but very persistent criminals who take advantage of open door’s and window’s etc. From reports we have been provided with, these criminals have operated in groups of two or three, one acting as a look-out whilst others attempt to gain entry via door’s or windows.

It s very important to note that this is NOT a problem just in Broomhouse or the surrounding locale, in fact it is happening all across Glasgow.

In Broomhouse however we are an active community and we are able to spread the word about this kind of crime very quickly to our residents, through our network of contacts.

Over the past few years we have continually received the same advice from the Police and it is very clear:

Ensure ALL windows and doors remain locked at all times.  This is far from perfect or a situation in which anyone wishes to live but the harsh reality of the modern UK dictates this.

If a criminal wishes to gain entry to your house there is actually very little that can be done to completely prevent this but you can take some measures to reduce his/her chances or to act as a deterrent:

  • Ensure ALL windows and doors remain locked at all times
  • Fit a visible alarm system, ensure your alarm is regularly maintained and actually turn it on.  We cannot recommend an alarm fitter but we can put you in contact with a number of companies who are already prevalent in the area and who offer a monitoring service linked to the emergency services.
  • If you already have an alarm system, you may have a function to set a ‘chime’ to activate when an exterior door is opened.  This feature is already built into many alarm systems but tends to be switched off by default.  Speak to your alarm provider, its a very useful function to know that your door has just been opened.
  • You may also consider fitting a CCTV system to act as a further visual deterrent
  • You may also consider fitting a security light which activates with motion
  • You may also consider changing your door locks to a more secure type – Avocet Anti-bump locks
  • Don’t leave valuable items on show, in your garden or in your car
  • Before you go to bed at night, have a final check of doors and windows, including garages, shed’s and car’s.

If you see or suspect any suspicious behaviour, do not hesitate to contact Police Scotland on 999 in an emergency.  If you hear an alarm going off, investigate only if it is safe to do so.

Do not be a hero, possessions can always be replaced but it’s simply not worth tackling a criminal who may be armed or dangerous, call the Police on 999 immediately if your property is compromised in anyway.  We have been advised by the police in the past that these criminals should not be approached.  

Please let us know of any criminal activity you are aware off, we will always protect your anonymity but will ensure the key message is spread throughout our community.

BCC

council@broomhouse.org

Action Earth – Grab A Grant

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We have received the below correspondence from John Mason MSP

Dear John Mason MSP

 

The Action Earth environment volunteering campaign would like to ask for your assistance. 

 

We offer easy-to-access grants of up to £500 to help groups of volunteers to improve their local green spaces and we keen to increase the number of applications we have from your local constituents.

 

Would you be able to forward the information in the attached PDF of our flyer (or text version below) on to any relevant local organisations, groups or volunteers that you have knowledge of/work with that may be interested in applying for one of our grants? We would especially like to see applications from lower SIMD areas but will consider applications outwith those areas too.

 

It’s not just green groups that we are support – we have approved applications from Alzheimer’s support groups, disability-related projects, organisations dealing with homeless people and those overcoming substance issues, student groups, housing associations and many more.  We would love to be mentioned in people’s e-bulletins, websites and social media sites and hope you may be able to mention us in yours? There may also be groups that you are part of in your own free time. I am happy to chat to anyone at any stage of the application process.

 

If you have any suggestions for groups to contact or would like more information about Action Earth, please let me know.  Many thanks for any help or suggestions you can offer.

 

Regards Robert Henderson (contact details below)

 

 

Grab a Grant for Autumn!

 

Action Earth is helping to get people and communities busy outdoors.  The campaign has grants to give to groups of volunteers who are carrying out environmental projects in Scotland.

 

  • Grants from £50 to £250 are available for practical activities that involve volunteers in improving outdoor spaces or creating habitats for wildlife. Grants can be used to purchase plants, tools and materials or to cover volunteer expenses.

 

  • If your group is volunteering on a Local Nature Reserve we can give you up to £500 for practical work, wildlife recording or educational activities that encourage more people onto the reserve.

 

The campaign is run by Volunteering Matters (formerly known as CSV) from April to December each year and is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.

 

If you have any questions contact Robert Henderson

on T: 0131 622 7766 or

robert.henderson@volunteeringmatters.org.uk

 

For more information

and to apply online go to:

www.volunteeringmatters.org.uk/actionearthAction Earth Flyer pdf63

 

Action Earth Flyer pdf63

Please also see Action Earth Website

Update on the development of Greenoakhill community woodland

We received the below update from consultants Golley Slater:

Hi BCC, hope you are well.

We wrote to you in January to give you an update on where we are in the development phase of potentially transforming Paterson’s landfill site into a community woodland for recreational and educational use.

As explained throughout the community consultations, Greenoakhill is a long term project with an anticipated time scale of twenty years to fully restore and complete. 

The project has a number of key steps to be resolved and we are working very hard behind the scenes to progress this complex project.

One of these key steps has been to reach an agreement with SEPA about how the project could allow public access on the restored landfill.  The access will be controlled in the initial few years with increasing access as the gas production on the site stops.

We hope to be able to report back later in the summer to let local residents know how the project will proceed.

As mentioned in our January communication, if the project is given the green light we will hold a public meeting to give local residents the opportunity to see the proposed design plans, time scales and answer any questions on the landfill restoration.

Again, many thanks for your enthusiasm and interest in this project. Please share this email with local community groups and on your Facebook page.

Kind regards

Stuart Chalmers

District Forester

Scottish Lowlands Forest District

Forestry Commission Scotland

stuart.chalmers@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Fibre Broadband cabinet now installed

BT have now installed the new Fibre cabinet in Broomhouse but they are not quite finished all of the works so are not yet accepting orders.

Please keep checking here for status updates – https://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/

The older cabinet below is the existing copper cabinet, with the shiny new fibre cabinet in the background in the picture below.

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Why has work stopped on Boghall Rd Realignment?

We have recently been inundated by questions from concerned local residents asking why the works on the Boghall Rd Realignment have stopped.  We hope the below explains the situation.

Modification of Planning Obligation

GRANTED SUBJECT TO CONDITION(S)

IN RESPECT OF APPLICATION 14/00359/DC

Glasgow City Council granted modification to condition no 7 of 10/00056/DC on the 4th November 2014.

Condition No 7 States the following;

No work shall start on site in implementation of this permission until an application for full planning permission has been submitted to the planning authority for the upgrade of the western section of Boghall Road, between Hamilton Road and the section that has already been upgraded by Bellway Homes. Thereafter, no homes shall be occupied on the Ellismuir Farm site until the upgrading work to the road has been completed and the traffic calming measures in Condition 04 (m) implemented”.

Reason; to make sure that the local road network can absorb the traffic that is predicted to be generated by the development, in the interests of pedestrian and vehicular safety.

Miller Homes submitted an application to Glasgow City Council to have this condition modified to allow occupation of homes in advance of the completion of the upgraded western section of Boghall Road. Glasgow City Council granted permission to allow modification to this condition and allow up to 50 homes to be occupied on the Ellismuir Farm site. This approval by GCC was in spite of a long campaign by Broomhouse Community Council and over 20 objections letters submitted to GCC planning committee which outlined material reasons as to why this condition should not be amended.

Prior to this application been granted by Glasgow City Council, John Mason, MSP had written directly to Miller Homes to seek clarity on the proposed timetable for the completion of the Boghall Road.  Mr Mason was advised by Miller Homes that they anticipated to complete the road by the end of January 2015. This same timetable was also communicated to the planning committee as a carrot waiver to push through the modification to the condition to allow occupation of homes.

Now that Miller homes have been granted this permission to allow occupation of homes on the Ellismuir farm site they are not obligated or can be enforced to complete this section of Boghall Road until they have reach the maximum number of 50 home occupations.

Broomhouse Community Council will continue to seek clarification from DRS and LES at Glasgow city council to establish a completion date. We will also seek to lobby our local councillors David Turner & Marie Garrity to make representation to Miller Homes for a commitment on a completion date for this section of Boghall Road.

We would also urge local residents to voice your concerns directly with your local councillors.

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Update on the development of Greenoakhill community woodland

We have received the following letter from Forestry Commission Scotland via Golley Slater:

20th January 2015

 Dear Sir/Madam

 Update on the development of Greenoakhill community woodland

 I am writing to give you an update on the community consultation conducted before Christmas to gather local opinion towards the potential development of Paterson’s landfill site into a community woodland for recreational and educational use.

 We would like to thank you for your enthusiasm and support in helping us reach local residents.  By sharing our research materials with your contacts, encouraging participation on your social media and giving us the opportunity to attend your meetings, it has provided invaluable feedback at this first stage in the development.

 Over the four week period, we gained feedback from 250 local people.  The initial response has been very positive with suggestions of what local people would like to see developed as part of the project.  Around three quarters (76%) of people said they would definitely use the site with the majority of the rest saying they would probably use the site. 70% of people felt the development of the community woodland was very important.

 As explained throughout the community consultations, Greenoakhill is a long term project with an anticipated time scale of twenty years to fully restore and complete. Our next step is to secure approval and funding for the project’s development. We are currently developing a report, which will include findings from the community consultation, and expect to find out whether the project is approved or declined in April.

 We will keep you updated on the outcome of this decision.  If the project is given the green light, we plan to hold a public meeting in May to update you on the design plans and time scales and answer any questions on the landfill restoration.

 STV is doing a news report on the project’s development which should be broadcast sometime this week – you might recognise some local faces.

 Again, many thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and opinions with us.

Kind regards

 Stuart Chalmers

District Forester

The original letter can be viewed here – Greenoahkill update 200115

Resident needed for STV Interview re Greenoakhill Community Woodland proposal

Hi Broomhouse

A reporter plans to interview Stuart Chalmers from Forestry Commission on Monday next week and get a tour of the proposed Greenoakhill Community Woodland site.

The news reporter is also keen to speak with a few local residents to get their view on the potential development and what it would mean for the local area etc.   Would you be happy to be involved in this? The reporter, Matty Sutton is looking to do an interview on Tuesday after 3pm or anytime on Wednesday next week.  She can come to you – or perhaps if a few people are happy to be interviewed, she could meet at a community hall / library etc.

If you would be happy to do this, please email us at newsletter@broomhouse.org

Below is an article the Evening Times on the current proposal  Landfill site could be children’s_ play area _ Evening Times

regards