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All information previously circulated to Community Councils through the e-mail briefing can now be found on this page. 

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Community Council Elections 2019

Glasgow City Council hereby gives public notice that the undernoted Community Councils have been instructed to proceed with an election in terms of their Constitution. An election meeting will take place in October to appoint qualified residents to the respective Community Councils.

Community Council Elections

  • Auchenshuggle & Tollcross
  • Barrowfield & Camlachie
  • Broomhill
  • Craigton
  • Drumchapel
  • Drumoyne
  • Garthamlock, Craigend & Gartloch
  • High Knightswood & Anniesland
  • Kinning Park
  • Knightswood
  • Lambhill & District
  • Langside, Battlefield & Camphill
  • Levern & District
  • Merchant City & Trongate
  • North Kelvin
  • Partick
  • Robroyston
  • Shawlands & Strathbungo
  • Springburn
  • Swinton
  • Thornwood
  • Wellhouse & Queenslie
  • Whiteinch
  • Woodlands & Park
  • Yorkhill & Kelvingrove

Nomination forms can be dowloaded at the following link https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/communitycouncils/elections

Civic Reception for Community Councils - Tuesday 17th September 2019

An invitation is extended to your Community Council on behalf of The Rt. Hon The Lord Provost Councillor Eva Bolander to attend a Civic Reception to formally acknowledge the highly valued participation and representation of Glasgow residents on Community Councils across the City.

The invitation is extended to all Community Councils, and up to 4 members from each Community Council, to attend a Civic Reception arranged to take place on Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 7.00pm in the Banqueting Hall of the City Chambers; please see attached personal invitation from the Lord Provost.

The Lord Provost is keen for all Community Councils to be represented at this reception for them to receive first-hand the appreciation and thanks that she; the Elected Members of Glasgow City Council; the Glasgow Community Planning Partners and staff wish to extend to all members of Community Councils, in recognition of their skills, knowledge and experience which contribute to making Glasgow flourish.

Please confirm your attendance RSVP to Steven Dowling and/or Lawrence O'Neill with your Community Council name and the names of the 4 members who will be in attendance. Your response are encouraged to be returned at the earliest opportunity (and ideally by Tuesday 10th September ) with notes for attention to be paid to any personal requirements with regards to dietary and/or access to assisted transport.

Thank you for your attention and anticipated attendance at this Civic Reception to celebrate Glasgow's Community Councils and their members.

Payment of Additional Administration Allowance Award

From Monday 19th August 2019, payments will be made via the BACs system to those Community Councils that are currently green or amber on the RAG status.  The payment of £250 should be received by the end of August.  If there are any issues please contact your Community Council Officer.

2018 Planning Enforcement Charter - Condensed Version

Published 25th July 2019

Please find attached your quick guide to the Planning Enforcement Charter 2018. In light of feedback given at the Planning Service and Community Council engagement events, the Planning Enforcement Team have created this guide to the 2018 Planning Enforcement Charter. This condensed version of the 2018 Charter provides a summary of the existing enforcement charter including our powers, policies and processes for dealing with enforcement complaints.

The Quick Guide Can be found below.

pdf icon 2018 Planning Enforcement Charter- Condensed Version [328kb]

Get Glasgow Moving

Published 25th July 2019

There was submitted a report by the Director of Governance and Solicitor to the Council advising of a petition on behalf of individuals, containing 8,387signatures, 25 of which had been validated, submitted by Ellie Harrison, Principal Petitioner, as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report, which highlighted the petitioners' concerns and the outcomes sought by them in relation to their petition, together with comments from the Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Sustainability regarding the issues raised in the petition, as detailed in Appendix 2 of the report. The e-link to the petition is https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/get-glasgow-moving-world-class-transport-for-glasgow and their website address is http://www.getglasgowmoving.org/

The committee heard Ellie Harrison, Principal Petitioner, in support of the petition, which stated the petitioners' views and the aim of the petition that the Council deliver a world-class and accessible publicly owned Transport Authority with a public transport network for all citizens of Glasgow and bike hire stations across the city with free access for concessionary travel card holders and which highlighted the action taken by them to date in this regard.

After consideration, the committee

(1)agreed that the issues raised in the petition deserved further attention;

(2)instructed the Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Sustainability to take account of the stated aims of the petitioners by engaging with the Get Glasgow Moving group and facilitate its participation in the work of the Environment, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction City Policy Committee regarding the Council's development of its transport policy, with this process  to include input into the wider aspects of transport strategy within the remit of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and the Connectivity Commission; and

(3)instructed the Director of Community Empowerment and Equalities to

(a)take account of the petitioners aims within the context of the Glasgow Community Plan; and

(b)bring the petition to the attention of the wider Community Council network and related structures.

Public Consultation on the Ibrox Community Complex/Ibrox Football Centre - Closing Date for Responses - 21st August 2019

Published 20th June 2019

I write to inform you that Glasgow City Council has received a facility Investment and Management Proposal regarding the Ibrox Community Complex/Ibrox Football Centre.

As part of the Council's assessment of the proposal we will today open a public consultation to allow community councils, local residents and organisations the opportunity to express their views regarding the complex.

The consultation can be found on the council's Consultation Hub at https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultations and will run until the 21 August 2019.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - Closing Date for Applications - 25th August 2019

Published 25th July 2019

Glasgow Life have officially launched the volunteer recruitment for three of Glasgow's up-and-coming major events; UEFA EURO 2020, LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019 and LGT World Men's Curling Championship 2020.

Applicants can choose which event they'd like to be involved in, whether it's one, two or even all three!

Taking place in Glasgow, one of Europe's most vibrant and welcoming cities, volunteers have the chance to get involved with some of the biggest international events in the world.

Applications opened on Monday 22 July and will close on Sunday 25 August for roles supporting both spectators and visitors in the city during the events. 

Further information can be found at the following link: www.glasgowlife.org.uk/getinvolved

Consultation on the Future Policy Development of Sexual Entertainment Venues in Glasgow - Closing Date for Responses - 26th August 2019

Published 21st June 2019

As noted at Tuesday's Children's Health and Well Being meeting Glasgow City Council's Licensing and Regulatory Committee's consultation on the future policy development of sexual entertainment venues in Glasgow is now open and can be accessed using the link below. Please note that the consultation will close on Monday 26 August 2019. 

Consultation link:  https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultations

This legislation sits within Section 76 of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 which establishes a specific licensing regime for the regulation of Sexual Entertainment Venues which came into force on 26 April 2019. This allows local authorities to license Sexual Entertainment Venues under the Act.

Glasgow City Council'spolicy  in relation Violence Against Women is inclusive of Sexual Entertainment Venues(SEVs), implemented for over a decade, and identifies Sexual Entertainment Venues as commercial sexual exploitation and therefore, as a form of gender based violence. 

Glasgow City Council works to the following Definition:  Violence against women encompasses but is not limited to the following:

"Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, within the general community, or in institutions including: domestic abuse; rape; sexual assault; stalking and sexual harassment and intimidation at work and in the public sphere; commercial sexual exploitation, including but not limited to prostitution, trafficking, pornography, lap and pole dancing; child sexual abuse and adult survivors of child sexual abuse; dowry related violence; female genital mutilation; forced and child marriages and 'so called honour crimes."

The Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership is a multi-agency partnership, chaired by an Elected Member, which brings together a range of statutory and voluntary agencies in the city with the aim of improving agency and public responses to women, children and young people who have experienced male violence. The GVAWP believes that improving participationwill result in: better service provision, improved legal protection and help preventfurther abuse to women, children and young people. These aims support the implementation and outcomes of the Scottish Governments Equally Safe: Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.

The Scottish Government Equally Safe Strategy looks to promote greater equality for women and girls and sets out a definition of violence against women and girls, which crucially includes reference to 'commercial sexual exploitation, including prostitution, lap dancing, stripping, pornography and human trafficking'.

Community Council Development Session - Saturday 21st September 2019

Updated 28th June 2019

The next CCDS is scheduled to take place this Saturday, 21st September 2019.   I would be delighted to see, not only the number of community councils representing rising to 50% or more, but also the number of individual community councillors.  Topics and an agenda for the next Development Session will be published on this page in due course.

Please do let me know beforehand if there are any factors which may act as a barrier to your attendance, and I can see if I could address these. Do also advise me of any dietary requirements so I can ensure appropriate arrangements can be made.

Street Play Initiative - Applications Now Welcome

A message from Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction.

Hi there,

I am writing to you to let you know about 'Street Play', our initiative that allows communities to close local roads free-of-charge so children can play outside close to their homes.

Street Play was successfully introduced to neighbourhoods all across Glasgow last year and now we are aiming to make it bigger and better. This year Street Play will be available on the following weekend:-

20-22 September.

My experience from last year is that Street Play is an opportunity for communities to come together and enjoy themselves, knowing that local children will be safe to play in a traffic-free street.

So we want to encourage as many community-based organisations, local groups and residents as possible to get involved and so have devised a simple and straightforward application form that can be accessed on the Glasgow City Council website.

You can access the on-line form by clicking on this link.

All of the costs of the road closure, including the formal paperwork and the equipment needed to manage the traffic, will be covered by the council. The cost of public liability insurance will also be fully refunded.

There is a lot more information on the council's website about the scheme, how you can go about getting a Street Play session organised for your street or community and how you can manage a play session on the day. Follow this link for further information.

The feedback we received from last year's Street Play days is that children love the extra space they have to play in. They get the chance to do things they might otherwise struggle to do, such as playing new games or learning to ride a bike.

Adults have a lot of fun too, getting outside and socialising with the neighbours in a relaxed environment. Street Play is a great way for people in the community to get together and have a good time.

Street Play is such a great scheme. It's open to all and free of charge. I hope you or any group you are connected with can take part but please share this message with anyone who you think might be interested in Street Play.

Statutory Register of Common Good Property - Consultation - Closing Date for Responses - 27th October 2019

Register of Common Good Property

Get in touch - e-mail commongoodconsultation@glasgow.gov.uk  

Overview

Part 8 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 aims to "increase transparency about Common Good assets and community involvement in decisions taken about their identification, use and disposal". The Act places new duties on the council in relation to common good property:-

  • Section 102 of the Act places a duty on the council to establish and maintain, after consultation, a register of property which is held by it as part of the common good.

  • Section 104 imposes the requirement for public consultation before the disposal or change of use of a common good property.

Statutory guidance published by the Scottish Government sets out the procedure for establishing the register, and for subsequent consultations on the use or disposal of common good land.

word icon Statutory Register of Common Good Property [13kb]

word icon Register of Common Good Property Website Wording [15kb]

MCR Pathways

MCR Pathways are looking to promote their mentor programme to Community Councils; both to get the programme out into the communities of Glasgow, but also to see if any Community Councillors want to become mentors. The following provides some information on what MCR Pathways provide, and the difference Mentoring can make to the lives of young people.

This year mentoring charity, MCR Pathways, wants you to know that there is incredible power in small actions. You can create a wave of change that resonates for a lifetime.

MCR Pathways' mentoring programme works with disadvantaged and care-experienced young people in your community - helping them grow their confidence, overcome their challenges and build a positive future. Across Scotland, people from all walks of life are choosing to mentor for just one hour a week.

It might sound like a small thing, but that positive relationship changes everything. Our schools, communities and organisations too, all see the difference and feel the impact in the next generation.Before mentoring, only 54% of care-experienced young people left school to college, uni or a job - now 86% of mentored young people do.

Mentoring also helps build essential workplace skills. You can make a difference that lasts a lifetime while also helping build new skills, including:

  • Leadership Training; mentoring builds confidence, initiative & assertiveness

  • Motivation; mentors experience a significant sense of purpose & fulfilment

  • Personal development; active listening & communication skills are fully enhanced

When one person mentors, two lives are changed forever. Can you get involved and be part of #TheRippleEffect?

The first step is to register on their website and attend an info session to find out more!

Watch MCR's short film and hear the programme's impact from young peopleand mentors.

Visit mcrpathways.org/get-involved to register and find out more.

Your support and participation is encouraged and greatly appreciated.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Guidance for Community Councils

Updated 5th September 2018

Following a number of requests for guidance on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to community councils please see the attached proposed Privacy Statement.

The Privacy Statement is intended as a standard point of reference for community councils across Glasgow.  It is envisaged that the Statement will be included in the Guidance for Community Councils, which forms part of the support arrangements, along with Induction.

Any comments or suggestions on the contents of the Privacy Statement are welcomed.

pdf icon GDPR Guidance [47kb]

Requests for Community Council Minutes and Accounts

Following a number of requests for copies of minutes and/or accounts of Community Councils across the City, Community Councils are reminded that the responsibility for making these documents publicly available rests with the Community Councils; this is in accordance with clause 7 of the Scheme for the Establishment of Community Councils.

Community Councils are the originators of the minutes, and Secretaries have a key responsibility to ensure minutes are circulated accordingly i.e. (1) draft minutes 7 days prior to the date of the meeting to all Community Council members i.e. Community Councillors, Ex-officio; and Associate Members, and (2) approved minutes made available to the City Council within 14 days of the meeting which approved them. The City Council is simply a recipient of the minutes for monitoring purposes.

All requests for minutes and/or accounts should be made directly to the respective Community Councils in the first instance, and if this request is refused with no sound reason then the City Council could be notified.  Alternatively, if information and/or intelligence potentially gives rise to evidenced concerns about a Community Council's current governance then this should be forwarded to the appropriate Officer within the City Council for them to address.

Please note that it would be at the Community Councils' discretion whether they provide draft minutes and/or accounts upon request.  It should be understood by all Community Councils that following a minute and/or accounts becoming approved then these would enter the public domain and in normal circumstances be made available upon request.  It would be reasonable, if requested, for a justification/reason to be provided to the Community Council in the first instance where such requests are being made.  NOTE: Certain information may require to be redacted i.e. personal data.

Participation Requests

In response to the Participation Request section of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, Glasgow City Council have published a Participation Request form.

A Participation Request is when a community participation body makes a request to a public service authority to permit the body to participate in an outcome improvement process.
 
Information on how to submit a Participation Request using the form can be found here: www.glasgow.gov.uk/participationrequests  

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