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Partick, Politics and Passions

Partick West News 23/10/08

The Partick West area committee had a meeting today- this is the council committee that brings together the councillors and community council reps to discuss issues relating to the ward, and also has a small budget for grants for community groups. When I was chair of the previous areas committee I started a process of annual agenda setting , so that instead of just receiving reports from departments and services, we could pro-actively ask for reports on issues we wanted to discuss, and scrutinise the work of each council department in the ward (and some external organisations).

Not surprisingly, the hot topic that we’ve asked for a report on and discussion about at the next committee is the outcome of the consultation on parking. Traffic management and road safety issues are also high on the agenda, as well as cleansing issues (recycling and bulk uplift), access to community facilities , especially the use of school premises and the issue of charges for community groups. Planning developments – not just City Plan 2 , but also a strategic overview of major developments in and around the area , and a report on the impact of the credit crunch.. Information about the ward and services and facilities is also an issue – in other words, how can people be better informed about their local area, and recognising that the internet isn’t always the be all and end all for this – after all, not every website is easy to use to find out what you need to know , always assuming you have access in the first place. Quite a lot to be going on with (and many more issues too numerous to list were floated)  but if anyone is accessing this blog that lives in the ward and would like to add their suggestions for issues … ?

We also had a report outlining the council’s Gaelic language plan which is out for consultation, and a report on Victoria Park that we’d asked for , outlining when and how a park management plan will be developed – next spring , and everyone at the meeting agreed this was a good idea as it’ll enable eveyone to have more say in what they’d like to see happen in the park and how it can be improved and maintained as one of the best parks in the city.

When the cleansing issue was discussed, the subject of abandoned fridges was raised, and am not sure that everyone believed me when I said there’s a website dedicated to the Fridges of Partick – here’s the proof http://partickfridges.blogspot.com/

Someone has a mordant sense of humour – and I can’t think of a better illustration of the bulk uplift problem that has only been exacerbated by the council policy of having set days for bulk uplift from the street – I’ve moaned about this before and will continue to do so – inviting people to clutter the streets on set days just gives carte blanche to on street dumping every day of the week .. this must change !

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October 23, 2008 - Posted by | Partick | , ,

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