Obituary – Alistair Watson, Glasgow Labour councillor.

Glasgow Labour councillor. An appreciation by Frank McAveety

THE Labour councillor Alistair Watson, who has died suddenly from a heart attack aged 59, was a formidable presence in Glasgow City Chambers – not just in a physical sense but in terms of experience and knowledge of the workings of local government.

Alistair had represented the Cardonald Ward since local government re-organisation in 1995 and served in a range of roles in the Labour group from heading up land and environmental services to his final role as business manager for the Labour administration before the recent 2017 council election.

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Mosspark Primary Spring Fair!

Mosspark Primary Parent Council invite you to their Spring Fair

Saturday 20th May: 11am-2pm

Car Boot Sale, Cafe, Tombola, Craft Stalls, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle, Fire Engine, Games, Kids & Adults Races

Car Boot Sale
To book your car boot please contact Morag on 07852 219 079. Set up from 10.30am.

Community Clean Up Days!

Everyone’s invited to come along and get stuck in on the Mosspark and Corkerhill Community Clean Up!

Saturday 22nd April – 1pm to 2pm

Meet us at 1pm in front of the Dentist at Airth Place and give us a hand.

Monday 1st May – 10am to 11am

Meet us at 11am outside Jehovah’s witness hall and give us a hand.

We have litter pickers, gloves, bin bags, vests. So grab your kids, your neighbour or your whole street and help make our area look amazing.

Thanks a lot for your support!

Junction improvements Dumbreck Road/Mosspark Boulevard

Councillor Wilson has been liaising with Land and Environmental Services with regards to the junction improvements. Please find the details provided by  Land and Environmental Services below:

The current junction layout is dominated by vehicular traffic due to nearby slip roads providing access and egress to and from the M77 motorway. The large number of vehicles can be intimidating for pedestrians and cyclists looking to move between the local communities and the green spaces of Bellahouston Park / Pollok Park.

LES Technical Services Sustainable Transport team secured investment to undertake improvements to the current junction layout in order to improve the facilities for pedestrians and cyclists in terms of safety and access. The improvements will also help with the Council’s aspiration of encouraging residents to adopt active travel choices for short to medium length journeys. The improvements to the crossing points at the junction of Dumbreck Road and Mosspark Boulevard are currently being undertaken as part of the Council’s cycling strategy. External investment was secured through the charity organisation Sustrans along with additional contributions from Transport Scotland’s Cycling Walking Safer Streets programme and as such this funding is ‘ring fenced’ for the purpose of cycling improvements.

You noted that there is also some concern from local residents that the improvements to the junction of Dumbreck Road and Mosspark Boulevard will have a detrimental impact on local traffic flows and that the removal of the slip road leading from Dumbreck Road to Mosspark Boulevard will further exacerbate this. Traffic modelling undertaken for the junction does not show any major impact on traffic flows.

In addition GCC is aware that Dumbreck Community Council and the Parent Council at Hazlewood School have been actively campaigning for the installation of traffic signals at the junction of Dumbreck Road and Dumbreck Avenue located to the north of the junction of Dumbreck Road and Mosspark Boulevard. The Council has agreed to install new signals at the junction of Dumbreck Road and Dumbreck Avenue subject to available funding allocations in financial year 2017-2018.

Benefits of the Works

  • Improved crossing facilities on Dumbreck Road and Mosspark Boulevard for both pedestrians and cyclists with a reduction in crossing movements on Mosspark Boulevard from 3 stages to 2 pedestrian stages and also an increase in the pedestrian refuge island widths on both Dumbreck Road and Mosspark Boulevard.
  • Improved traffic flow for northbound and southbound vehicles on Dumbreck Road achieved by the removal of the slip lane and associated crossing point on Mosspark Boulevard to allow more “green” time to be assigned to northbound traffic lane on Dumbreck Road. The repositioning of the crossing points on Dumbreck Road leading to Fleurs Avenue will allow the stop line to be moved further south increasing queuing space for vehicles.
  • External investment obtained from Sustrans and Cycling Walking Safer Streets with no direct cost to the Council facilitated the upgrade of aging signalling equipment to allow the junction to operate more dynamically and efficiently. Enhanced connection between communities of Dumbreck, Mosspark, Bellahouston and Pollokshields as well as green spaces at Bellahouston Park and Pollok Park.


Caring Christmas Trees

Mosspark Baptist Church is partnering with the Bethany Christian Trust for Caring Xmas Trees. They asked me to share below and help gain awareness. Please see details below

Buy a Caring Christmas Tree – order online at or call  0345 111 8733.

  • Order deadline by 12 noon on Monday 5th December if you want to collect on Friday 9th / Saturday 10th December.
  • Order deadline is 12 noon on Monday 12th December if you want to collect on Friday 16th / Saturday 17th December.

Share the news online so your friends, family and course-mates know how they can help homeless people this winter.

You can visit the Caring Christmas Trees website to buy your tree and contact us on 0345 111 8733 if you would like to find out more about our trees or Bethany’s work with homeless people.

Bethany is heavily dependent on the goodwill of the public to finance its services. If you would like to support Bethany’s work with homeless people you can make a donation.

Thank you for your support.
Ali Forbes
Caring Christmas Trees

Mosspark Square

Mosspark Square – tell us what you think!

We’d love to get your feedback.

You might know that we held a community consultation meeting in October about a proposal for setting up a Community Garden at Mosspark Square. We are keen to hear as many opinions from all of the community as possible. If you have thoughts you would like to share with us we would be grateful if you could fill out the questionnaire found at the link below.

We are also holding a Gala Day in the Square this Saturday 12th of November from 1pm – 3pm where you can find out more information about the proposals, plant some daffodil bulbs and much more besides.

Many thanks in advance for your feedback.

Fill out the questionnaire

Article: Vital bus route saved after hundreds sign petition

The No. 49 bus. Picture credit: Kirsty Anderson/ Herald and Times from the Evening times website

A threatened bus service has been saved from the chop after hundreds signed an online petition to save it.

First Bus and SPT have U-turned on their plans to scrap the number 49 bus, which runs through South Park Village, Priesthill, Pollok and Govan.

The hourly service is used by locals to visit main shopping areas, such as Govan Arcade and Silverburn, and also takes patients and visitors to the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

As reported in yesterday’s Evening Times, more than 1000 people pledged their support for an online petition set up by Pollok councillor David McDonald, calling for it to be saved.

Read the full article at the Evening Times

First trains run on a Sunday

ScotRail’s summer 2015 timetable will see the introduction of hourly trains between Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal.

The enhanced timetable begins on Sunday, May 17, with an hourly service departing Glasgow Central at 9.12am, and then at 12 minutes past each hour until 6.12pm.

In the opposite direction, trains will depart Paisley Canal at 35 minutes past the hour.

The first service will leave at 9.35am, and the last at 6.35pm.

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said: “We have seen a strong demand for Sunday services on this route, and we’re happy to be able to deliver this with the new summer timetable.”

Sunday Times:

Corkerhill – Glasgow

Corkerhill   Start – 09.45 and run every hour till 18.45

Glasgow – Corkerhill

Glasgow  Start 09.12 and run every hour till 18.12

Glasgow – Paisley Canal Timetable

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