We meet every second Wednesday of the month 7-9pm in Cathcart Baptist Church

Cathcart and District Festival

This report provides an update on progress on those of our priority areas which have developed since our last meeting in April 2024, and on other relevant areas. 

Priority 1 – Reopen Linn Park at Snuff Mill

The minutes of the last Friends of Linn Park meeting indicate that the recent funding application has been successful and the work can therefore proceed, which is wonderful news. I have contacted Friends of Linn Park to find out more. 

Priority 2 – Restore Cathcart Circle service to four trains an hour

As previously reported, this objective has already been achieved at peak times. However we have been pleased to note a further improvement, with evening services increasing from hourly to half hourly from 2 June. 

Priority 3 – Keep Couper Library Open

As reported at the last meeting, Alana Ward, Head of Libraries and Communities at Glasgow Life, has agreed to attend this meeting to discuss this. We have asked if we can be given details of the funding situation in advance of this meeting, with no response. 

Priority 5 – Community Events

See separate agenda item on the Cathcart Festival. 

Priority 8 – Enforce school car-free zone

This continues to be a problem, with many drivers apparently unaware of the car-free zone and drop-off and pick-up times. I have contacted the Parent Councils at both schools to propose a week of activism on this in the first week back after summer. 

Priority 18 – Welcome to Cathcart Sign

Following the decision at the last meeting to award the contract for our mural to Ellie Mills and Lindsay Grime, I have been in touch with the artists and am in the process of applying to Scotrail for both funding and formal permission to create the mural. 

Other – Merrylee Primary Pitch

On 6 March we wrote jointly with Merrylee Primary PC to Glasgow City Council’s Director of Education, urgently requesting action to replace the pitch and flagging up the Infrastructure Fund as a potential route. We received a response on 26 March stating that a meeting would be set up as soon as possible. We have heard nothing since, despite both myself and Cllr Ferguson chasing up. I will chase again, but suggest we consider more direct action, since the Council shows no sign of considering the unsafe pitch an urgent matter. 

Other – Election to Community Council

As agreed at the previous meeting, applications are now invited to fill the vacancy on the Community Council. Posters have been placed in the library and in Sainsbury’s, and regular social media posts are being made encouraging people to stand. Forms can be downloaded from https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=19539 and the deadline is Friday 24th May.

Upcoming Council and related events and funding opportunities

From time to time, Glasgow City Council advises us of meetings, consultations and funding opportunities. A selection of these is noted below for any interest and follow-up. 

Strathclyde Passenger Transport Consultation 13 MaySurvey on options to deliver future bus network
Scottish Community Development Centre conference15th May 9.30-3.30 onlineEvent to discuss improving Participation Requests. Register here https://www.scdc.org.uk/news/article/2024/4/15/participation-request-event-15th-may-2024
Community Council Development Session18th May 9am-2pm City ChambersContact steven.dowling@glasgow.gov.uk
Stakeholder event on City Network Inner North and South design21st May 3-8pm drop-inPollokshields Burgh Hall. Contact GCCIN&SConsultation@aecom.com 
Scottish Fire and Rescue service10am-12pm 28/5/25 Maryhill Fire Station 29/5/24 Calton Fire Station 30/5/24Govan Fire StationShaping the future fire service. Contact Thomas.mcgunnigle@firescotland.gov.uk 

Carolyn Lochhead, Chair, May 24 cathcartdcc@gmail.com 

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