I have just submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament about the forthcoming Shawlands Town Centre Action Plan. A report is expected soon with recommendations on ways to improve Shawlands and bring a bit more of a buzz to the heart of the Southside.
Improvements to Shawlands Arcade and a long talked-about cinema could at last be the cards! I look forward to seeing the draft Action Plan and I very much hope to see the views of Southsiders strongly reflected.
Here’s the full text of the motion:
S3M-07503 Patrick Harvie (Glasgow) (Scottish Green Party): Shawlands Town Centre— That the Parliament notes the longstanding efforts of Shawlands and Strathbungo Community Council as well as residents, businesses and community groups on Glasgow’s south side to push for the improvement of Shawlands town centre; recognises the work of the Shawlands Town Centre Steering Group, which published the results of a consultation exercise in April 2010 and which is working toward an action plan for the area; notes that the priorities identified in the consultation included the regeneration of Shawlands Arcade and better use of public space, including more greenery and facilities for a market; looks forward to the publication of the action plan and a commitment from Glasgow City Council to addressing these and other priorities; values the character of Shawlands and the diversity of local independent businesses, and hopes to see the great potential for improvement turned into a reality.
You can find more detail on the Action Plan at the Council’s website here