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In our last mailout we promised to bring you links and short reviews
of local Glasgow websites which were fighting the corner of
communities across the city, so we began a search. We were not
disappointed, and as technology which makes communication easier
becomes more and more available, we believe an increasing part of
community campaigning will be take place on the internet, allowing the
voices of communities to get heard. That can only be a good thing!

As we get into summer, the Glasgow Residents Network too, is not
immune to sprucing up our act, and plans are now in full swing to move
beyond a network with a steering committee to establish a federation
open to all residents associations in Glasgow

Dear Friends,

We have a number of pieces of news to bring you in this update. We
hope you will find this useful.

In our last mailout we promised to bring you links and short reviews
of local Glasgow websites which were fighting the corner of
communities across the city, so we began a search. We were not
disappointed, and as technology which makes communication easier
becomes more and more available, we believe an increasing part of
community campaigning will be take place on the internet, allowing the
voices of communities to get heard. That can only be a good thing!

As we get into summer, the Glasgow Residents Network too, is not
immune to sprucing up our act, and plans are now in full swing to move
beyond a network with a steering committee to establish a federation
open to all residents associations in Glasgow, as well as those
Glasgow residents who want to fight for their community. We hope many
of you will join us in creating a more powerful and workable
democratic structure, which unites communities. We’re really keen
that as many people as possible are able to join up however if feel
unable to join at the present time keep checking our website and we
will continue to put out update bulletins to as many people as
possible.

This is our city and our communities!

Contents:-

# The pick of the web
# Glasgow Residents Network is evolving
# City Plan 2 or Residents Plan 1?
# Glasgow residents in the news
# Competition

The pick of the web

As we promised here is a listing of useful sites which are run by
ordinary Glasgow residents to fight for our communities:-

# http://dtra.org.uk/ – Dumbreck Tenants and Residents Association
manages and maintains an interactive website which it uses as a
campaigning tool and resource for local tenants and residents. This
is definitely worth a look!

# http://www.snipurl.com/cedar – The website of Woodside tenants group and
occasional GRN participant, Cedar Tenants Association. This can be a
useful source of information for what’s happening in this part of
Glasgow.

# www.glasgowlost.org – The definitive website about the sell-off this
April of Culture and Leisure Services to a trust. It is highly
professional site, with an active guestbook and it is guarranteed to
raise debate on this hotly contested issue.

# www.citystrolls.com – Glasgow community news and events. The author
– Bob Hamilton – is not a man to mince his words. A useful hub for
lots of local organisations and campaiging resources.

# www.alltomorrowsparticks.org – The website of a new group which is
dedicated to seeing a Partick determined by everyone who lives in the
area. The group has arisen out of a need to find a genuinely popular
use for the proposed site of the controversial “SuperTesco”.
Definitely worth checking back on.

~ If you or anyone else you know runs a website dedicated to fighting
for a local community in Glasgow or for the public good, and you’d
like to see it featured in a Glasgow Residents Network mailout (now
reaching over 300 people), then let us know and, as long as it meets
our aim to be inclusive and non-party-political in fighting for
communities across
the city, we will feature it in our next mailout.

The Glasgow Residents Network is evolving. The network has been in
existence for over a year now and is moving towards a federal
structure to improve communication and internal democracy and build on
much of the work we have been doing.

Our new Constitution (http://tinyurl.com/2uelbk) has been drafted to
move us forward in this objective. If you agree with it why not join
today, as others across the city are doing now? Joining the new
federation will help you stay in touch with others across the city and
will give you access to a support network and information on a range
of different subjects which can help you fight for your community’s
corner.

Use the affiliation form (http://gftrojoin.blogspot.com/) to join, or
send an email to glasgowresidentsnetwork@gmail.com by answering the
following questions:-

1. What’s your name?
2. Contact Telephone number?
3. Email Address?
4. Are you joining as an individual, or as a as Tenants or Residents
Organisation?
5. If you are affiliating as an organisation what is your position
(ie office held)
within your local Tenants or Residents Organisation?
6. If you are affiliating as an organisation what is the name of
your Residents Organisation?

Let’s help build a movement to campaign for the rights, cultural and
community facilities, and health and wellbeing of all our communities
– this is our city and our communities. It’s time we played more of a
role. Let’s take ownership of OUR city.


City Plan 2 or Residents Plan 1

The latest edition of Maryhill Newspaper, the Burgh Angel, carried an
editorial comment from the webmaster of Citystrolls website (see
below). It’s indicative commentary like this is fairly common
unfortunately. However the Glasgow Residents Network, last November
endorsed a plan to see local residents across the city come up with
their own plans for their local areas and neighbourhoods. This section
of our website (http://tinyurl.com/22veop) is part of our attempt to
help facilitate that.

Let’s make our own plan for our city! Take a look and add your ideas
to Residents Plan 1 today!

“The City Strolls webmaster offers an alternative to consultation
methods which leave Glaswegians in the cold

Public Consultation?

Architects drawings, fancy screens, pictures with meaningless text
and half a dozen “creative” people, a few councillors discretely
tucked away in the audience and a selection of usually unimpressed
locals. Just another heavy developer bias, consultation rap. The
script is always planned out in advance to favour business interests.
– “The local residents just need to understand where we are coming
from then they will get it”. “So first, this person will talk, then
this person will talk, then this person will talk. Then the audience
will be allowed to question them on things they don’t understand.”
“And then we will split up into smaller groups to discuss even more
things you might not understand”. And so it goes. Someone will be
taking photographs showing everyone consulting with each other. The
photographer will be framing the pics. For the next glossy publication
showing how receptive folk are to our ideas. This is what’s called public
consultation.

Alternative “Public” Consultation

Representatives from the local area meet with city officials and
prospective developers to state their ideas, needs and requirements
for their community. An agreement is made on how the Consultation is
going to be pitched. Both parties having a full opportunity to explain
their case. If there is any bias it should be on the residents part,
as it’s their neighbourhood and their lives that will be affected by
any regeneration. At the event as well as charts on social housing and
promised jobs projections, a chart showing projected profits and full
interests of the private parties involved should also be on display. A
budget should set out, as part of the project, to allow the local
population to employ their own independent expert, to explain how the
changes or redevelopment of their area, will impact on their
community. A stronger “public right of reply” should be allowed in
council publications, which at present strongly favours the developer,
rather than the public. Who, after all are planning authority Glasgow
City Council meant to serve?”

Glasgow residents in the news:-

Since our last update there has been too many local news stories to
give any kind of exhaustive picture. We are looking to automate our
update service and will hopefully be able to give a full overview in
our next update of what has been covered in the press, however for us
one or two stories stand out as inspirational:-

We’ll Get Our Kids Out Of the Urban Jungle
The story of mothers in NorthWest Glasgow and others to establish
decent play facilities for kids in Possil and Milton:
http://tinyurl.com/2k5ob4

Friends set to bring city’s Calton Weavers back to life
A GROUP has been set up in Glasgow to keep alive the memory of the
first sunrise of the Trade Union movement. http://tinyurl.com/2p5pkl

Partick sets the world record for the largest ever mass massage
WILL TESCO GET THE MASSAGE? PARTICK DID: http://tinyurl.com/3c5upn

Competition

The Glasgow Residents Network is evolving into a democratic
federation. The new body, the Glasgow Federation of Tenants and
Organisations, is looking for name which sums us up. If you have any
suggestions let us know. The winning suggestion will be put forward
for adoption by the new federation.

Each for each and all together!

Remember you can contribute to these bulletins by sending us an email.

You can also contribute by posting comments on our website:
(www.glasgowresidents.wordpress.com), or by using the ‘Common Good
Forums’ (http://glasgowscommongood.freeforums.org).

If you want to affiliate to the new federal body, the GFTRO, you can
do so by adhering online at: http://gftrojoin.blogspot.com/

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