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Question Time Pollokshields, Thursday 27 April Pollokshields Burgh Hall

April 20th, 2017 No comments

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Meet, question and listen to our local Council candidates
Local elections take place on Thursday 4th May 2017.  The Strathbungo Society and Pollokshields Trust have teamed up to bring you ‘Question Time Pollokshileds’.

This is an opportunity for you to meet, question and listen to the candidates standing for Pollokshields.

Candidates from Glasgow Labour, the Conservatives, Scottish Greens, Scottish Liberal Democrats, SNP, and UKIP will attend.

So, what local issues are important to you?
If you want to ask the candidates a question you can ask on the night or email it by Sunday 23rd April to

Hosted by Douglas Fraser (BBC Scotland)
Douglas is Business & Economy Editor, BBC Scotland and a former Political Editor of The Herald. He lives in Strathbungo.


Open from 6:30:
– Exhibition of new housing developments in Pollokshields ward
– Snacks and refreshments
7:15pm – 8:15pm:
– Pollokshields Question Time

Pollokshields Question Time is supported by Pollokshields Trust, The Strathbungo Society, Pollokshields Community Council, Pollokshields Heritage & Pollokshields Development Agency.

Moray Place / The Railway Boundary

November 17th, 2016 1 comment


The Strathbungo Society has been seeking to positively influence our biggest neighbour – Network Rail – for the past two years.  One issue has caused unnecessary uncertainty: what are the legal and ‘established’ boundaries along Moray Place?  Network Rail didn’t seem to know, nor did we.

So the Society’s Andrew Downie decided to do some research, looking at the original feu disposition between the original landowner and railway company as well as information from residents’ title deeds.

His resulting report is the definitive guide to the legal and ‘established’ boundaries that have developed along Moray Place over the past 100 years or so. Andrew’s report has been shared with Network Rail who accept it in full.  The report has aided the Society’s discussions with Network Rail as to where it can – and cannot – place any new fence.

It’s not the answer to everything about Network Rail’s proposed fence, but it has certainly shed much-needed light on the where the legal and established boundaries lie. If you want to read it yourself, please do – click on the link below.

The Railway Boundary at Moray Place (.pdf, 817 kb)


October 19th, 2016 No comments

The Strathbungo Society AGM will take place  on Tuesday 25th October 2015 at 7.30pm in Queen’s Park Parish Church, 170 Queens Drive, G42 8QZ.
Tea and coffee is available from 7.00pm. All residents of Strathbungo welcome. You’ll find the agenda for the meeting here, and the Trustees’ Report here.

After the very well attended AGM last year, please come and support the Society again.  It’s a great chance to meet members of the Committee, get involved (there are lots of ways to support the work of the Society), meet other residents and hold the Trustees and Committee to account!

After the formal business, Jude Barber from Collective Architecture will give a presentation on the Pollokshields “charrette”, which was the community planning event that took place earlier this year and covered the Nithsdale Road/Drive/Street part of Strathbungo.  Jude will focus her presentation on the Nithsdale area on both sides of the railway.  It’s a great chance to hear ideas for how the area could be improved and to voice your views.

Update on Network Rail proposals for Moray Place

August 22nd, 2016 No comments


Further to the ongoing Network Rail saga, Network Rail has contacted The Strathbungo Society with revised plans to erect a boundary fence along the length of Moray Place.  In response to sustained community pressure from Strathbungo – and particularly Moray Place – residents, Network Rail seem to have reconsidered their plans in a number of regards, which is welcome.

The Society has been pressing Network Rail to meet with The Strathbungo Society and local elected representatives – at the City Chambers – to discuss their proposals in full.  All local elected representatives – councillors, MSP and MP – have backed the Society’s position and Network Rail have committed to meet soon.  Cllr Norman Macleod has offered to arrange the meeting, which we hope will be held later in August or early September 2016.

We’ll aim to keep you posted, and the Society will push for an community-based consultation once Network Rail’s wider plans are known – and agreed.

Kevin Kane

Chair, The Strathbungo Society

Bungo in the Back Lanes, 2016 – THANK YOU!

June 21st, 2016 No comments

Nicola Opneing BitBLA BIG THANK YOU from The Strathbungo Society to everyone who contributed to making Bungo in the Back Lanes, 2016 such a great success.

We were lucky with the weather and with our local MSP, Nicola Sturgeon, who not only officially “opened” our event – she cut the golden ribbon – but stayed on to talk and chat to folks and stall holders and also made a few wee purchases into the bargain. Other elected representatives were also spotted – as were their tweets and re-tweets.

This year we had new volunteers, including from the Scouts and Harvest Bible, who joined Society volunteers to set up and take down the event; erecting tables and gazebos to placing chairs and signage and collecting donations from stall holders.

Thanks also to all who donated to the Society’s bottle and tombola stalls.  The income from these, plus donations from stall holders, is what largely funds Bungo in the Back Lanes, plus a grant from Glasgow City Council to cover the hire of tables, chairs etc.

What makes Bungo in the Back Lanes a great bottom-up, community-organised event are all the people who open up their lanes and gardens to celebrate the creativity, community and fun of living in Strathbungo.  It’s their enthusiasm that makes it the best community event in Glasgow – bar none – and the original Southside event.


Your views wanted! Shawlands Town Centre Customer Survey (2016)

June 9th, 2016 No comments
Shawlands Civic Square

Shawlands Civic Square

Make your views known on how to make Shawlands one of Glasgow’s most attractive town centres.

Shawlands is on the up with the £3.3m Town Centre Action Plan (TCAP) moving on apace.  New pavements have been laid as have new and better crossings. Most recently the Council gave final planning permission for a new Shawlands Civic Square, to be located in front of the A listed Langside Halls, at the junction of Pollokshaws and Langside roads – creating a new focal point for Shawlands and Strathbungo and the wider South Side.

As part of this on-going work, the Shawlands Business Association is updating the Shawlands Town Centre Customer Survey and is seeking the views of those who live, shop and visit Shawlands to help them – and the Council – identify how to make Shawlands one of Glasgow most attractive town centres. So how can Shawlands be improved?  What should the priorities be?  What would make you and others use it more?  Make your views known.

To take the survey visit: –

Views sought on new civic space in front of Langside Halls

September 11th, 2014 No comments
Langside Halls

Langside Halls

Glasgow City Council is looking for people’s views of a proposal to create a new civic space in front of Langside Halls.  The proposal is part of the £3.3m Shawlands Town Centre Action Plan, that has already seen investment in new pavements and street lighting. 

The aim of the proposal is to create a civic space for Shawlands; to better link Shawlands town centre with Queens Park; and, to better frame (and display) Langside Halls, a South Side landmark which is the subject of community proposals to refurbish the Halls. For more information on the Langside Halls Trust’s proposals see:

The Council’s press release states “As part of the roll out of further public realm works, the Action Plan now proposes to create a new civic square for the Southside in front of Langside Hall.  Partners believe this could form the heart of the emerging cultural quarter of Shawlands”.

To see the proposals and make your views known, click on this link:

Hard copies of the consultation document are available in the foyer of Langside Hall, Shawlands Academy and local cafes.


Plans unveiled for new skate park at M74 flyover at Port Eglington

July 16th, 2014 1 comment

Park Life, Southside style

Plans for a new urban skate park at the M74 flyover at Port Eglington have been unveiled for a  currently empty site adjacent to the main route from Strathbungo (and points south) to Glasgow city centre.  Drawing on inspiration from cities across the globe, including from Portland Oregon where skateboarders identified and built their own skate park, the projects promoters’ aim is to develop a new urban park for Glasgow to attract not only skateboarders, BMX bikers but wider local communities, including Strathbungo.

Plans for the £1m park have had funding support from Pollokshields Partnership (on which the Strathbungo Society sits), Transport Scotland, which owns the site, and Creative Scotland.

An exhibition of the plans will be at the Lighthouse from Saturday 19 July to 10 August 2014. For more information, see:


May 31st, 2013 1 comment

Glasgow City Council has noted that objections to the Spirit Pub Group’s application for Full Planning & Listed Building Consent for Sammy Dows, will be accepted up to Thursday 6 June.  You can make an objection either online or by writing to Development & Regeneration Services, 231 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RX.

The proposals – which include a raised 2.2 m (7ft) decking area for drinking and smoking to the rear and adjacent to the private, residences and gardens of Nithsdale Road, Moray Place and Regent Park Square – are damaging to the area’s amentiy and contrary to several City Council planning policies.

It is important that neighbours use this opportunity to formally object to the proposal, not least as it could, if won, be used by other local establishments to pursue the same (ie intrusion into private, residential amenity of our back courts, gardens and homes).

FinalPlanObjections-Sammy Dows gives full details of key planning policies relevant to this application. Compotent objections must refer to key planning policies and be in your own words.

To object online, use this link here:

To see Spirit Pub Group’s proposals use this link here:



May 20th, 2013 6 comments

The owners of Sammy Dows (Spirit Pub Company) have lodged a Full Planning Application with Glasgow City Council for “Internal and external alterations including frontage alterations, installation of canopies and formation of rear access deck (associated with external seating area for public house)“.  The first time adjoining neighbours – only 67-57  Nithsdale Road, 1-6 Moray Place and 38-42 Regent Park Square – heard of this was on Saturday 18 May 2013, when they received a Neighbour Notification Notice. It appears that comments are required to be filed by Thursday 24 May 2013

The application, is here – with drawings and key dates etc.:

That this is the first time that near-neighbours have been made aware of an application that was first recived by the Council on 14 February 2013, validated the following month and then (quietly?) advertised on 3 May 2013,  perhaps shows the way the applicant wishes to play this: strictly by-the-book without any local pre-consultation.

Hopefully, it will be discussed this evening at the monthly meeting of the Strathbungo Society.