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Glasgow Residents Network – November bulletin  

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Forthcoming meetings of the network

Saturday the 25th November – 3pm, at the Quakers Friends Meeting House, Elmbank Crescent (just off Charing Cross).

Come along, share information, discuss the plans of the network, and help plan our Christmas social.

Report of recent activities:-

Homeowners Demonstration – November 2nd 

“A few of us turned out for the protest outside Granite house the other week, which was good fun.  There was a very good turn out and I think if we can keep that sort of momentum going it would be really good.” – A Southside based residents association

Over 100 home owners turned up to a demonstration at the GHA headquarters on the Trongate to block the traffic in the street. We demanded that the GHA meet with us, and they did. At the meeting which followed we demanded an immediate payment extension scheme to be implemented which would go beyond twelve months, so that we have more affordable lower monthly payments. The GHA stated that this had nothing to do with them. We said that the GHA had ultimate responsibility for the implementation of a flexible repayment scheme over four to five years, given that they were issuing very large bills to vulnerable people.  The outcome of the demonstration and meeting was very clear. Homeowners are joining forces in a growing movement that will not go away, until we receive a socially just solution.   Report from our Second Conference

Thanks for everyone who attended our second conference, and made it a really positive and worthwhile event.  A report is being drawn up to bring together the points raised from the workshops at the conference, and this will be circulated to local residents organisations across the city.  We think that this, together with our first conference report will be useful for drawing together the discussions and thoughts many of us have been having on the way ahead. We are asking groups and interested individuals to send us their thoughts and feedback so that we can work towards greater participation from groups across the city, and greater unity and co-operation to develop the city\’s residents movement.  With your help, ideas, creativity and participation we can work towards a better, fairer Glasgow. \n

The first part of this second conference report is available to download at our website from the following link [NB – you will need a PDF reader to acces this]: \nhttps://glasgowresidents.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/microsoft-word-anti-social-behaviour.pdf  The of this pdf is reproduced below for those who can\’t read PDFs.

The Big CONVERSATION – Antisocial Behaviour\n
A Report from the plenary discussion at the 2nd Glasgow Residents Network Conference.

The following is an extract from a report of a discussion that took place at the last the Glasgow Residents Network conference in October. We offer it as a contribution to the ongoing debate around this issue, and the problems faced by\n
communities across the city.

John – "The principle antisocial in my area is my housing association. I can understand that they are often trapped in a web of complicated legislation but the officials are very well paid. They don\’t have any excuse"\n”,1] ); //–>

Report from our Second Conference

Thanks for everyone who attended our second conference, and made it a really positive and worthwhile event.  A report is being drawn up to bring together the points raised from the workshops at the conference, and this will be circulated to local residents organisations across the city.  We think that this, together with our first conference report will be useful for drawing together the discussions and thoughts many of us have been having on the way ahead. We are asking groups and interested individuals to send us their thoughts and feedback so that we can work towards greater participation from groups across the city, and greater unity and co-operation to develop the city’s residents movement.  With your help, ideas, creativity and participation we can work towards a better, fairer Glasgow.

The first part of this second conference report is available to download at our website from the following link [NB – you will need a PDF reader to acces this]: https://glasgowresidents.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/microsoft-word-anti-social-behaviour.pdf  The of this pdf is reproduced below for those who can’t read PDFs.

The Big CONVERSATION – Antisocial Behaviour
A Report from the plenary discussion at the 2nd Glasgow Residents Network Conference.

The following is an extract from a report of a discussion that took place at the last the Glasgow Residents Network conference in October. We offer it as a contribution to the ongoing debate around this issue, and the problems faced by
communities across the city.

John – “The principle antisocial in my area is my housing association. I can understand that they are often trapped in a web of complicated legislation but the officials are very well paid. They don’t have any excuse”

Riddrie participant – “ASBOs really only just moved the problem – In Dennistoun it’s had no effect.”

Ian – We don’t have too much trouble here (Jordanhill), fortunately, but St Thomas’ school has serious problems.”

James – “well people do these things but it’s important to remember that it’s often very difficult for young people especially:
– to get a house
– as there are no jobs and the minimum wage too law
Young people need places they can go. There are too few youth clubs and the one’s that are there are too patronising. The government is not interested – they’re just posturing.”

Sean “Anti-social behaviour has structural causes – Thatcherite policies have wrought devastation to communities. To take Possil for example – in the 80s there was plenty of work there – there were factories etc – now there’s only drugs. The solution has to be revitalising
our communities through employment. Yes we need more police but also hope through employment – the minimum wage needs to go up.”

Wullae – “Yes there are problems with generations of people who have been without work but 7000 jobs are going every day in Glasgow but dealing seems to be an attractive solution. Gallowgate suffers from ASBOs elsewhere due to youth battles being created there as a result of kids being moved on into the area. Often social projects have just been imposed. What really needs to happen is we need to get the kids involved.”

Jim – “80 – 90 % of our area are pensioners but there’s also young families. Dispersal orders from Dennistoun have started to affect us. On graffiti – one solution might be to put a mural on every gable end wall.”

Alexander – “Youth gangs & heroin are a major problem. It’s often as a result of a lack of jobs. The Community Council [Woodside CC] is trying to set up a working group between agencies and interested people to try and address the issue.”

Govan Law Centre Participant – “Kids can’t win. Go out – no? Stay in no? They get demonised – eg hoodies and so on […] If you don’t respect teenagers how do you expect them to respect you? Demolition of housing has a big impact on this too – when there’s less people in a scheme it becomes more dangerous. You get drug squats, fire raising and so on and it becomes very demoralising to be alone.”

Sandra – “I generally just agree, poor people get a rough deal.”

Mrs McClure – “Absentee landlords are part of the problem. In West End tenements there’s often hell of a racket due to overcrowding. In our communities there’s no control over landlords. We have to assert control over them. Many people have left the West End because
of these sorts of problems.”

Nick – “I listened to what Sean said about Possil, and I agree with what he said about the loss of local employers and the effects of Thatcherism, but I also agree with Wullae in that just giving people jobs isn’t a solution. There’s plenty of working poor. I also agree about the need to address youth crime through youth centres and stuff. That needs to happen. But there’s also the problem of organised criminal gangs and the collusion of the police, either because they want so-and-so and so are ignoring the dealing of grasses or whatever. In Possil there’s collusion between organised crime, the local authorities and the police and that’s what’s really causing the area’s drug problems, and it’s not the only area – in Milton there’s Edward Lyons who runs the Chirnsyde Community Initiative which local campaigners have alleged for years is used as a front for running drugs (and which after and inquiry, and a high profile review, and articles in the press just received funding again). Edward Lyons still has the backing of Bridget McConnell, the First Minister’s wife; she’s Head of Glasgow’s Culture and Leisure Services.
This kind of penetration of drug dealers through to influencing the local authorities, from the Druglord owner of the trendy West End pub Oran Mor – feted by politicians, down to heroin being dealt outside Maryhill shopping centre in full view of the police, or at Saracen Cross,
metres away from Saracen Police Station, means that simple solutions like getting more police on the street won’t change anything. In communities like Possil there’s plenty stop-and-searches of pedestrians late at night, but the police, who’re patrolling all the time, somehow don’t get round to stopping ice cream vans touring round the schemes at midnight handing out brown packages. That’s the real causes of anti-social behaviour.”

Iain – “In Govanhill around 500 people, Gypsies of Slavic / Hungarian / etc. backgrounds have become resident. Both the White (Irish and Scottish Gaelic extraction) and the Asian (Pakistani origin) seem to be united in the unsympathetic view held on this new group to the
area. These new Scots have multiple social problems which need a multi-disciplinary approach but they are thought to be a problem and to exhibit anti-social behaviour. The biggest problem would seem to be a language barrier combined with the difficulty in placing
them within the benefits system. E.g. they are not entitled to refugee status and do not have NI Nos therefore in many cases do not officially exist. They tend to congregate at a particular cross roads and therefore; being strangers unable to speak Glasgow English, are treated with suspicion. Thus any real or imagined stories about anti-social behaviour from any of them tend to be directed at all of them. I think we need to try to understand situations and peoples before we react from our own narrow perspective. Otherwise we become prey to
clannishness of the worst type and susceptible to discriminatory practices. Our area has welcomed new Glaswegians for generation. We need to be embracing communities.”

Graham – OK, that’s been a very frank discussion. I’m quite pleased with it. For my own contribution, in Sighthill we are under siege. We’ve got demolitions, chronic underinvestment, going back decades. The lot. We’ve also got many of the drug problems people have been talking about. But I’m saddened to hear what Nick said about drug dealers influencing government. That sounds like Kingston. I’m originally from Jamaica – we’ve got that there. We don’t want that here. […] so I’m saddened to hear that’s started to happen
here as well. But it’s also heartening to hear the positive side, about what we can do. We’ve heard about what people are doing in Woodside. About what we can all do in our communities. It’s important to take that lesson. That it’s not all doom and gloom and there Campaign:–

A big community campaign is underway in Partick to halt a local Tesco store, and over a 1000 flats being built on a listed building. \n

[ Image Of The Proposed Tesco Here ]

"Everyone I have spoken to is against this, I have not\nmet anyone who has anything complimentary to say about it." – Jim McNeill, chairman of Partick Community Council

HUNDREDS of people are fighting plans to build a massive new Tesco store in Glasgow\’s West End.\n\n\t\t \n \n\t\t \n \n\t\t \n \n\t\t \n \n\t\t \n \n\t\t \n \n\t\t \n \n\t\t \n \n\t\t \n \n\t\t \n \n\t\t \n \n\t\t \nThe\nEvening Times revealed last month how the supermarket giant was scaling\nback its original plans – dubbed Tesco Town – at Partick.
Despite that, 731 objections have been lodged with the city council. As well as a huge store, Tesco wants to build 900 student flats, 300 private flats and a 600-space underground car park. That\’s\n400 fewer flats than in the original planning application. But\nprotesters say the increasing number of complaints shows the strength\nof local feeling. Leading protester\nDr Samer Bagaeen said: "Ultimately I\’m hoping the council will have the\nguts to say to Tesco to go back to the drawing board and then come back\nto us. "We are not saying this development is never going to happen. "But\nTesco is saying it has improved its scheme over the past six months -\nwhat we\’re saying is if you give it another six months it could\nactually be made a whole lot better." No\ndate has been set for the application to be considered by the council\’s\nplanning committee and more objections are likely to be lodged. Core\ncomplaints are that the development, near the bottom of Byres Road, is\ntoo big, would cause increased traffic and pollution, affect existing\ntraders and bring in too many students. Arlene\nMoffat, of Partick Bridge Street, says the area has been losing\nbutchers, fruiterers, florists and newsagents and there are already six\nsupermarkets in the area. Other objectors claim the scale of the accommodation will dwarf parts of Benalder Street and shut out the light.”,1] ); //–>
are things that we can all do.

Campaign:

A big community campaign is underway in Partick to halt a local Tesco store, and over a 1000 flats being built on a listed building.

[ Image Of The Proposed Tesco Here ]

“Everyone I have spoken to is against this, I have not met anyone who has anything complimentary to say about it.” – Jim McNeill, chairman of Partick Community Council

HUNDREDS of people are fighting plans to build a massive new Tesco store in Glasgow’s West End. The Evening Times revealed last month how the supermarket giant was scaling back its original plans – dubbed Tesco Town – at Partick.
Despite that, 731 objections have been lodged with the city council. As well as a huge store, Tesco wants to build 900 student flats, 300 private flats and a 600-space underground car park. That’s 400 fewer flats than in the original planning application. But protesters say the increasing number of complaints shows the strength of local feeling. Leading protester Dr Samer Bagaeen said: “Ultimately I’m hoping the council will have the guts to say to Tesco to go back to the drawing board and then come back to us. “We are not saying this development is never going to happen. “But Tesco is saying it has improved its scheme over the past six months – what we’re saying is if you give it another six months it could actually be made a whole lot better.” No date has been set for the application to be considered by the council’s planning committee and more objections are likely to be lodged. Core complaints are that the development, near the bottom of Byres Road, is too big, would cause increased traffic and pollution, affect existing traders and bring in too many students. Arlene Moffat, of Partick Bridge Street, says the area has been losing butchers, fruiterers, florists and newsagents and there are already six supermarkets in the area. Other objectors claim the scale of the accommodation will dwarf parts of Benalder Street and shut out the light.\nhttp://www.tescopoly.org/images/stories/Glasgow%20objection%20letter_09.06.doc

Local Residents Struggles In The News

\nhttp://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5059210.htmlIT\’S called Treespark Avenue, but residents are up in arms after developers felled the greenery that gave it its name
\n
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/5416360.stm but see also:-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/actionnetwork/F1601539?thread\u003d3561805\n –
Several hundred people converged on Glasgow\’s George Square on Saturday\nfor a march and Rally organised by Unity the Union of Asylum Seekers as\npart of the 3rd International Day of Action for Migrant Rights. [in picture: http://static.flickr.com/100/263280943_2760fc55df.jpg?v\u003d0]

\nJoin the Network Today!

Tel 07976718111 or email: “,1] ); //–>
Tesco insists that if the scheme goes ahead, it will transform a derelict brownfield site. The new store will provide 350 full-time and part-time jobs.

12/10/06 [Evening Times]

Campaigners are asking for people to write letters of objection.  A sample letter is available to download here:-

http://www.tescopoly.org/images/stories/Glasgow%20objection%20letter_09.06.doc

Local Residents Struggles In The News

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5059210.htmlIT’S called Treespark Avenue, but residents are up in arms after developers felled the greenery that gave it its name

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/5416360.stm but see also:-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/actionnetwork/F1601539?thread=3561805 – Several hundred people converged on Glasgow’s George Square on Saturday for a march and Rally organised by Unity the Union of Asylum Seekers as part of the 3rd International Day of Action for Migrant Rights. [in picture: http://static.flickr.com/100/263280943_2760fc55df.jpg?v=0]

Join the Network Today!

Tel 07976718111 or email: , and leave details of your Name; Address; Telephone Number; Email address
and Organisation (if app.).\n

Contribute to this bulletin 

Part\nof a residents group?  Then send us information about events, meetings,\ncampaigns, information, leaflets, you name it!  This is our city – we\nneed to talk to one another, and let all our communities know what each\nother is up to.

[Don\’t forget to send us any newspaper coverage of residents struggles, or information on any meetings being held!]

\n\n”,0] ); D([“ce”]); //–>agahst2003@hotmail.com, and leave details of your Name; Address; Telephone Number; Email address
and Organisation (if app.).

Contribute to this bulletin 

Part of a residents group?  Then send us information about events, meetings, campaigns, information, leaflets, you name it!  This is our city – we need to talk to one another, and let all our communities know what each other is up to.

[Don’t forget to send us any newspaper coverage of residents struggles, or information on any meetings being held!]

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