Glasgow Eco Trust has been successful in securing support from PAS (formerly Planning Aid Services) as part of their Sustaining Choices 2022 programme. This support will allow us to develop a Sustainable Transport and Active Travel plan for Whiteinch and Scotstoun.

This links to our wider Community Connections for Climate Action project through the Transport theme and builds on a range of transport and travel related issues in the area, many of which you have been campaigning on, including:

  • Dumbarton Road having significant volume of traffic and many heavy vehicles
  • Exit from the Clyde Tunnel straight on to Dumbarton Road in Whiteinch
  • Use of local roads as rat run between South Street and Dumbarton Road and Expressway
  • Lack of safe crossings on South Street
  • Lack of a safe crossing on Danes Drive and lack of pavements in Kingsway Estate
  • Use of the Avenues as a rat run
  • Safer School Run and School streets
  • Traffic issues relating to Scotstoun Stadium
  • The removal of the Number 4 bus service
  • And a lot more!

Furthermore we hope that this plan will contribute to Glasgow City Council’s Liveable Neighbourhoods programme. The consultations as part of phase 2 of this programme is due to start during 2022/23 and this will include the Yoker, Scotstoun, Whiteinch and Jordanhill neighbourhoods.

Programme format

PAS will support communities to address sustainable travel aspirations by providing impartial and technical knowledge to create unique action plans that encourage conversations about opportunities for walking and cycling and sustainable transport.

A key outcome for Sustaining Choices will be the development of community engagement capacity at a local level, to inform the action plan and future decision making. Community Facilitators (see more below) will play a vital role in coordinating engagement in their community during the course of this project.

What we are looking for

The anchor statement for the project is

What can be done to improve walking, wheeling and cycling and public transport in the Whiteinch and Scotstoun areas?

We will be looking at two specific issues and related statements and questions:

Moving Around - Walking and cycling are good for our health and the environment. Pleasant and safe routes can encourage walking and cycling.

Now think about the Whiteinch and Scotstoun area and ask yourself: Can I easily walk and cycle around using good-quality routes?

Public Transport - Access to an affordable, reliable and well-connected public transport service is important
for all communities. Good public transport encourages people to get around in ways that are better for the environment.

Now think about the Whiteinch and Scotstoun area and ask yourself: Does public transport meet my needs?

We will then be asking:

  • What are the main issues? And what are the priorities?
  • What are the main actions to address these issues? And what are the priorities?

Ways to get involved

Timeline

The timeline for the project is as follows. Also see attached image.

  • Apr / May 2022 - Community facilitators preparations
  • May 2022 - stakeholders event
  • May to June 2022 - Place Standard workshops with Community facilitators – First workshop run with support from PAS, subsequent workshops run by participants independently.
  • Sep to Nov 2022 - Final community engagement event – delivery summit, and draft action plan preparation
  • Dec 2022 to Jan 2023 - Production of a final action plan

If you would like to find out more about or get involved with this project then please contact Neil Lovelock, GET project Manager on 0141 433 0427 or [email protected]

You can also follow on Twitter @SustChoices!