Raising objections to Planning Notices.

We have had a couple of recent enquiries regarding how to object or complain about local planning applications. It appears that there is some confusion in this area as GCC seem to have sacrificed the age old tradition of using the phrase “object” and they now call this “comment.” From reading the page below on their site it appears that this is the correct procedure to raise any objections or concerns that you have. https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/makeacomment

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Police Scotland’s review on the use of new temporary police powers to tackle coronavirus

On 9 April 2020, it was announced that an Independent Advisor Group (IAG) would be set up to review Police Scotland’s use of new temporary police powers to tackle coronavirus, chaired by John Scott QC,  the group reports directly to the SPA.

Understanding and listening to the views and experiences of those impacted by use of the powers is central to the work of the IAG, and the Group is committed to seeking to involve the voices of community and grassroots representatives and any groups that may be most impacted or disadvantaged by the use of these temporary powers. 

A number of feedback and information gathering routes have been set up to support the work of the Independent Advisory Group.

You can find the online review form here –


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Police Scotland – Message to Communities.

Message from Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson 

Firstly, I want to say that our thoughts are with the family and friends of those caught up in the dreadful incident at the Park Inn Hotel, West George Street, Glasgow. 

Police responded to a report of an incident at the Park Inn Hotel, Glasgow at 1250hrs yesterday (26th June 2020). Six people are in hospital for treatment of their injuries including a police officer. A male suspect was shot by armed police and died.  I must stress that the incident is not being treated as terrorist related and our investigation is continuing into the circumstances.

I want to take this opportunity to reassure Scottish communities that Incidents of this nature are very rare, though I know that this will be of little comfort to those involved and I understand the concern that this incident will have caused.

Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe, and whilst we understand that people will clearly be appalled and feel vulnerable as a result of this incident, I would urge everyone to continue to work together and ensure no person or group in Scotland feels marginalised or isolated. Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of hate crime, and should anyone experience or witness such an incident, please report it.

It should be stressed that there is no specific information to suggest an increased risk to communities in Scotland, however you may notice increased patrols by officers, intended to increase reassurance and community engagement. We also ask that all relevant groups and organisations provide appropriate reassurance to individuals and communities.

Victim Support Scotland (VSS) have extended their helpline this weekend to provide support and information to people affected by crime and the incident. The helpline number is 0800 160 1985. VSS are also holding a webchat, open today (27th June 2020) between 9am and 1pm.

If you have any relevant information or concerns, I would urge you to contact the Police by calling 101, through Contact Scotland BSL,  in an emergency dial 999 or SMS 999 or contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Hate crime can also be reported using our online hate crime reporting form on the Police Scotland website or via one of our Third Party Reporting Centres.

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Work to Create Spaces for People around George Square Starting Soon


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Police team up to guard Dawsholm Park in response to spate of crimes


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THE transport authority that runs Glasgow’s Subway has warned it is facing a shortfall of up to £20million caused by heavy passenger losses during the pandemic lockdown.


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The biggest supermarket chains across the country have updated their rules on whether or not face masks should be worn in store.


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All Nicola Sturgeon’s new dates for reopening Scotland after today’s big announcement

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Historically, there has been an agreement between the school and local residents that this pitch may be used outwith school hours by the local community. The hours that were agreed for permitted use were, in our opinion, very generous on behalf of the local residents – between 9.00am and 10.00pm.

Those of who who have passed the school when the pitch is in use will be aware that the constant crashing of the ball against the fencing can be quite loud and annoying. Imagine having to put up with this all day and every day !

There is now a notice on the gates to the pitch which reminds everyone of the hours pf permitted use.

We would therefore ask everyone to respect this – and just take a moment to think of the neighbours who are constantly being woken up at 6.00 and 7.00 in the morning by the crashing of the ball and gatherings of “players.”

The facility is a wonderful opportunity for people to exercise and play sport – but as with so many great community initiatives, it is in danger of suffering from the activities of those who do not consider that the rules apply to them.

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