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“NO COMPROMISES WITH SECURITY” Chief Constable speaks to the ReGen FOR 2014 GAMES about policing “unbelievable” event The security budget for the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be increased following lessons from London 2012 and police recommendations. Following a review, Scottish Ministers have asked Police Scotland Chief Constable Steve House to take on full responsibility for a new £90 million security budget for the Games overseeing all aspects of policing and public safety. A year long review led by Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and Strathclyde Police, and using new risk assessment processes developed for the Olympics, highlighted a need for more physical security and to secure venues for longer periods of time than previously anticipated. The £90 million budget compares with the current £27.2 million 2014 security budget for Glasgow 2014 and the £1.1 billion security

budget for London 2012. The new budget will be funded by drawing £25.1 million from the Commonwealth Games contingency budget, while an additional £37.7 million will come from the Scottish Government in 2014-15. Speaking exclusively to the ReGen, Strathclyde Chief Constable Campbell Corrigan said: “We got to police a wee slice of the Olympics with the football at Hampden. I think Glasgow and the East End having the Commonwealth Games will be unbelievable. We learnt a lot from our involvement in the Olympics, it will be a challenge but one I am excited about. Budgets will be tighter but we know there cannot be any compromises with security.” Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said: “Following a review of governance arrangements,

I am pleased that the Chief Constable of the Police Scotland Steve House has agreed to take on responsibility for the oversight and delivery of the overall safety and security of the Games. He will direct both the policing and the private security arrangements at Games venues. I agree with the Chief Constable’s views on the budget and have increased Scottish Government funding for Games security by £37.7 million. “We will not take risks with people’s safety this is the only step to take if we are to deliver a spectacular, safe and secure Commonwealth Games. Chief Constable of Police Scotland Steve House said: “This is a welcome development that ensures clear lines of accountability and enables a properly integrated approach to planning and delivery. The


decision also reflects our shared learning from the 2012 Olympics and will ensure that all partners deliver their commitments fully. “Today’s announcement will reinforce the confidence of athletes, officials and spectators in Scotland’s ability to deliver a family-friendly

Commonwealth Games experience in a safe, secure and peaceful environment.”

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A charity set up to help veterans in Glasgow received a visit from the Glasgow Provan MSP, Paul Martin last week. Mr Martin was invited to find out about the kind of service on offer from ‘Glasgow’s Helping Heroes’ at their premises in Duke Street.

Speaking to the ReGen after about debt, the visit, the Labour MSP addictions, said: housing, “It was great to have mental the opportunity to come health and and visit such a wonderful employment project. Veterans often have issues. a difficult time readjusting Veterans to civilian life and levels of are defined support can be patchy across by the the UK. Ministry of Defence as any “Glasgow City Council member of the Armed Forces has shown that with its who has served at least one support and help from other day in paid service. agencies, then they can Mr Martin added: make a difference for service “It can sometimes be men and women returning difficult for those who have home.” served to know where to The charity has seen a look for advice after years surge in the demand for its of moving from barracks to CG local press ad AW 2012 copy.pdf 22:13:09 services since it first opened barracks, all9/3/12 the time living their doors 18 months ago. away from home. Problems Specialist staff are trained can often be complex as well. in giving advice to veterans “I would like to pay tribute









to Barry Henderson and his staff for providing such a vital service.” If you or anyone you know has served in the Armed Forces and would like to contact Glasgow Helping Heroes for advice the you can contact them on 0141 276 7199 or visit www. to fill out an online referral form.

FIRST Glasgow, the city’s biggest bus operator, has committed to making its bus services accessible to as many people as possible and now the company has announced that its bus fleet is made up entirely of low floor buses. The company’s 900-plus buses, consisting of single and double deck vehicles, is now made up entirely of low-floor accessible vehicles which makes using services easier for customers travel-

ling children in a buggy, or for those with mobility issues. Ronnie Park, First Glasgow’s managing director said: “We are delighted to be in a position to make bus travel easier for customers travelling with young children and others who benefit from low step easy access.” With over 100 services in the Greater Glasgow bus network First Glasgow operates numerous express services to the city centre from surrounding areas.

East Centre Councillor Elaine McDougall welcomed the move. She said: “I know how difficult it can be for older people or those in wheelchairs to access the high step on a bus. Even physically fitter parents with buggies have struggled with this problem. “This commitment will make a big difference to my constituents and hopefully it won’t take long for First Glasgow to deliver on their promise.”

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Directions 1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the haddock and Milk, Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. When the fish is done, remove it with a slotted spoon and set aside in a bowl. Add the potatoes and onion to the milk and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. 2. Transfer the contents of the pan to a blender, in batches if needed, and blend until smooth and creamy. Return to the pan and flake the fish into the soup. Heat through gently, do not boil. Serve immediately. Season with pepper and garnish with parsley to individual tastes. Haggis, Neeps & Tatties Ingredients Makes: 1 Burns supper • 1 haggis (with natural casing) • 400g neeps (aka swede, yellow turnip) • 500g tatties (potatoes) • butter • milk (optional) • salt and pepper to taste Directions Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 1 hour 20 mins 1. First, for the haggis: Bring a largeish saucepan of water to the boil. Place the haggis in the pan and lower the heat so that the water simmers gently - you don’t want the haggis to burst! Wrapping your haggis in foil can help prevent this. For a 1kg / 2lb haggis, you’ll simmer for a good 75 to 90 minutes, but ask your butcher for best results. 2. Meanwhile, peel your neeps and tatties. Cube them, then boil separately till tender (I start this about half an hour before my haggis is finished). Drain, then mash separately with a good bit of butter. If you like, add a glug of milk to get a smoother consistency. Then add salt and pepper to taste. 3. Once your haggis is ready, serve alongside the neeps and tatties for a traditional Burns supper. Raspberry cranachan Ingredients Serves: 4 • 5 tbsp porridge oats • 150 ml (5 fl oz) whipping cream • 150 g (5 1/2 oz) fromage frais • 2 tbsp clear honey • 2 tbsp whisky • 400 g (14 oz) raspberries Directions • Prep: 35 mins 1. Preheat the grill to high. Line the rack in the grill pan with foil and spread the oatmeal over the foil. Toast under the grill for about 3 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the oatmeal is golden. Set aside to cool for about 15 minutes. 2. Put the cream and fromage frais in a bowl and whip together until thick. Stir in the honey and whisky, then fold in 4 tbsp of the toasted oatmeal. 3. Reserve a few raspberries for the decoration. Layer the remaining raspberries with the cream mixture in 4 glass serving dishes, starting with raspberries and ending with a layer of the cream mixture. 4. Decorate each dessert with a sprinkling of the remaining 1 tbsp toasted oatmeal and the reserved raspberries. Serve immediately (or keep in the fridge for up to 1 hour before serving).

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SCOTTISH FIRST FOR OLYMPIA TENANTS TO SEE BENEFITS AS FILM ARCHIVE COMES TO WITH NEW REPAIRS CONTRACT 5 YEAR PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THENUE BRIDGETON THE new Bridgeton Library at the Olympia has been unveiled as the first ever British Film Institute (BFI) Mediatheque in Scotland, with the opening set for Friday 22 February.


All parties at the contract signing (LtoR): Robert Wilson, Reactive Repairs Manager (Mears); Aaron John, Director (Echelon); George Alexander, Chairperson (Thenue); Gail Gribben, Income & Repairs Manager (Thenue); Brian Gannon, Head of Housing (Thenue); Walter Matthews, Partnership Manager (Mears); Owen Stewart, Vice Chair (Thenue), Charlie Turner, Chief Executive (Thenue). Mediatheque offers the opportunity to enjoy highlights from the BFI National Archive, the world’s greatest and most diverse collection of film and television. From home movies to feature films, documentaries to kids’ TV, many titles have rarely been seen since their original release or broadcast – if at all. There are currently just five Mediatheques in the UK - London, Derby, Cambridge, Newcastle and Wrexham - all of which offer free access to a very diverse range of over 2,500 complete films and television programmes - from vintage Morecambe and Wise, Monty Python or Top of the Pops to Edwardian natural history features such as ‘The Open Road’ a journey through Britain filmed in colour in 1925, from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Film buffs can enjoy silent black and white movies from the turn of the 20th Century to more recent contemporary films from highly acclaimed British directors, while telly addicts can feast on soap operas, plays, documentaries, light entertainment, classic comedy and famous adverts. The Olympia facility will also offer access to ‘Scottish Reels’ which is a specially commissioned collection of Scottish film and television drawn from the Scottish Screen Archive as well as the BFI Archives with footage spanning back as far as 1901.

Highlights of Scottish Reels include street scenes in Glasgow from 1901, early colour footage of tartans from 1906 and 1950s colour travelogues recording Scotland’s epic landscapes. Sean Connery makes a rare television appearance in The Bowler and the Bunnet (1967), a documentary he directed about the decline of the Glasgow shipyards. There will be a rich vein of political television drama including the groundbreaking Culloden (1964) and The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (1974), while big screen classics are also celebrated with films such as Ealing’s subversive comedy of whisky smuggling in the Hebrides Whisky Galore! (1949), the chilling occult thriller The Wicker Man (1973), Bill Forsyth’s delightful comedy Local Hero (1983) or Danny Boyle’s thrilling debut Shallow Grave (1994). Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said “This is something really special. It is a coup for all concerned that Scotland’s first Mediatheque is to be located right here in the heart of Bridgeton. It also provides a fantastic and very fitting link to one of the former uses of the Olympia which I know will please many of our local residents. The Olympia is already proving to be a building which has captured the attention of people all across the country and the addition of the Mediatheque is bound

to add to that. The opening next month will be another very proud day for everyone who has worked so long and tirelessly to help transform the image, perception and fortunes of the Clyde Gateway communities.” Scotland’s first Mediatheque will contain 16 viewing booths in a specially fitted room on the ground floor within the Bridgeton Library. Users will also be able to enjoy the range of hot food, snacks and beverages available from the Cafe which looks directly out from the Olympia over Bridgeton Cross. Further information on Mediatheque can be found at the BFI Website - www.bfi.

TENANTS of Thenue Housing in Glasgow will have a new contractor for carrying out repairs to their homes. Thenue Housing made the announcement of the new partnership with Mears Ltd to provide the 5 year repairs contract which began in December. The contract strongly focuses on value for money and performance with the intention that tenants gain in the long term benefits of the new deal. Announcing the appointment, Thenue Housing Chief Executive Charlie Turner said: “We are delighted to have appointed Mears to undertake our repairs and

void maintenance service from 30th November 2012. We look forward to a successful partnership and a repairs service that meets the expectations of our customers.” Brian Gannon, Thenue’s Head of Housing commented: “It is essential that we provide a modern and responsive service that quickly and efficiently responds to our tenants repair requests. The Repairs Service is always seen as the most important service we provide for our customers and we believe that this contract will deliver excellent services in an efficient and customer friendly way”.

Walter Matthews, Partnership Manager of Mears added: “We are very much looking forward to working within this new and exciting partnership. We are fully committed to deliver a first class service, Thank you to Thenue and their executive team for putting their faith in Mears. ” Thenue tenants have been notified of a new telephone number to call for repairs outwith office hours which is 0845 266 8942. For repairs within office hours including up to 7 pm on a Tuesday tenants should call the usual Thenue number which is 0141 550 3581.

SERVING SOLDIERS SET TO SUFFER FROM BENEFIT CHANGES Scots and Glaswegians in Armed Forces targeted in Tax Credit Cut SHADOW Secretary of State for Scotland Margaret Curran MP has questioned the Government on how many Scots in the armed forces will be affected by the changes in Child Benefit and the cap in the rise in Tax Credits. The issue was raised this week in the House of Commons since it has recently

emerged that 60% of those affected by the changes are already in work. It is thought that many East Enders currently serving in the Armed Forces will be hit financially because of the decision by the Chancellor. The Glasgow East MP said: “This Government has no idea what impact their cuts are having on working

people. Today, the Scotland Office Minister was completely unable to give me an answer about how many members of the armed forces in Scotland will be affected by his Government’s cuts to tax credits and benefits. “Around 4,000 members of the armed forces in Scotland will see their tax

credits and benefits cut along with thousands of our nurses and teachers, at exactly the same time as millionaires will get a tax break worth £2,000 a week. “There might be Liberal Democrats in this Government, but Scots know that as far as their policies are concerned, it’s just the same old Tories.”

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VOLUNTEERING FOR SUCCESS Glasgow 2014 opens search for 15,000 friendly faces of Games

spectators feel welcome in the city. Prospective volunteers have until 28 February to apply for a Games role which organisers say will be the biggest peacetime deployment of volunteers for a common cause Scotland has ever seen. As well as

GLASWEGIANS were urged to seize “a wonderful opportunity” and volunteer to help make Glasgow 2014 an event to remember. The volunteers will be the friendly faces of the games and will carry out a whole manner of tasks to make athletes and

general Games roles, Glasgow 2014 requires volunteers with a range of specialist skills including medical staff, drivers and people with specific sports expertise. Urging people to step up to the volunteer challenge, Lord Smith of Kelvin, Chairman of Glasgow

2014 said: “Being a Glasgow 2014 volunteer really is the opportunity to have the time of your life and be part of something very special for Glasgow and Scotland. “I would encourage everyone – regardless of age or life experience – to think about being part of creating a Games success story for Glasgow and Scotland and apply now as a Glasgow 2014 volunteer.” Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said: “The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be a fantastic and memorable event, but to make this happen we will need volunteers to help deliver its many different aspects. Being a volunteer at the Games is a wonderful opportunity to be closely involved in something that will not come back to the city and country in many of our lifetimes, and will use and develop the skills of so many of us from all kinds of

GLASGOW SET TO BECOME NEW HOME OF WORLD STREET DANCE City is named host of prestigious global championships for next three years Glasgow has been selected to host the world’s most prestigious street dance event for three consecutive years. The coup for the city will see the premier event on the global street dance calendar - the UDO World Street Dance Championships - take place within both the Clyde Auditorium and halls one and two of the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) later this year and again in 2014 and 2015. The announcement was made outside the Clyde Auditorium by Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB), and Simon Dibley, Chief Executive of the United Dance Organisation (UDO). They were joined by UDO ambassadors Perri Kiely and Jordan Banjo, from celebrity dance troupe Diversity, as well as aspiring street dancers Abbie Hughes (7), Tiree Stewart (7) and Jay Logan and Nicole Le-Drew (both

aged 11) from St Thomas’ Primary School in the city’s East End who will take part in the inaugural Glasgow Schools’ Street Dance Championships in June. Individual dancers and dance crews from some 30 countries, including from across Europe and as far afield as China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the US, will travel to Glasgow this year to compete in the eighth annual World Street Dance Championships, which will be held over three days from August 23-25. Councillor Gordon Matheson said: “Today’s announcement is fantastic news for Glasgow and marks the first step in positioning the city as the global home of street dance over the next three years.

“The United Dance Organisation’s decision to bring their flagship event to Glasgow is a huge vote of confidence in the city and one which reflects the standout success and continuing growth of our tourism sector as well as our cutting-edge style credentials and our reputation for winning and delivering major events. “The World Street Dance Championships are incredibly valuable to Glasgow, especially when you consider that more than 80% of attendees will come from outwith Scot-

backgrounds. “There has already been tremendous interest– some of it inspired by the phenomenal impact of the volunteers at the London 2012 Olympic Games - and now is the time for everyone considering giving their time next summer to contact Glasgow 2014.” Fiona McEwan, Vice-Chair Commonwealth Games Scotland, said:

“For the participating teams the volunteers are critical to the quality of every part of their Games experience. From the technical officials who ensure that the sport competitions are run smoothly, to the drivers who help athletes and officials get seamlessly around the city, to the people welcoming athletes into the dining room, a friendly and flexible attitude turns a

good Games into a great and memorable Games. “Scots are naturally very friendly and hospitable to international guests and we would urge people across the county to consider volunteering for the Games and sharing in the fantastic experience that Glasgow 2014 will offer people from all walks of life.”

For those who are up to the challenge, this is how to sign up to be a volunteer:

to work in the UK and available for at least eight days during the Games, which take place between 23 July and 3 August, 2014. Volunteers will also have to be available for up to six days ahead of the Games for interviews in Glasgow, training and uniform collection. Applications are being

received from this morning online at www. volunteer and help is available in person at the Volunteer Centre in Glasgow, by phone at the Glasgow 2014 Contact Centre and staff at every library in Scotland are also geared up to assist with the application process.

No previous Games experience is necessary: Glasgow 2014 is simply looking for helpful and friendly people who will be aged 16 by close of applications on 28 February are eligible

FUNDRAISING ACHIEVEMENT land; providing a significant boost to our economy.” John Sharkey, Chief Executive of the SECC, said: “The SECC is delighted that we have been chosen as the venue for the World Street Dance Championships and we are thrilled that we will be welcoming this prestigious event for the next three years. This announcement begins a very exciting year for us as we also look forward to the opening of The Hydro, which will further enhance our ability to host many more events of this calibre.”

THE staff and customers of Hobbycraft at Glasgow Fort Shopping Park were celebrating this week as they made a £600 donation to charity. And it is hoped that this will be the first of many donations as staff seek to continue their fundraising efforts in 2013. The donation has been made to ‘Together for Short Lives’, one of the UK‘s leading charities focused on children with life threatening and life limiting conditions. The Hobbycraft store has been selling sweets, key rings and badges in store and staff have made and sold handcrafted cards,

with all profits going to the charity. The store also organised crafting demonstrations with a box for customers’ donations. Lyn Paton, Outreach Coordinator at Hobbycraft, Glasgow Fort Shopping Park said: “Everyone at Hobbycraft is delighted at the amount we have managed to raise for Together for Short Lives, so far and our fundraising efforts will continue throughout 2013. After seeing the work the charity does when I recently visited Robin House hospice in Balloch, I am extremely proud we can contribute to such an excellent cause.”


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FUTURE OF FURTHER EDUCATION IN NORTH AND EAST GLASGOW TO BE TRANSFORMED Big changes in the pipeline as merger agreed between 3 main local colleges THE Boards of Management of the three North and East Glasgow

Colleges – John Wheatley, North Glasgow and Stow Colleges - are pleased to announce that the due diligence reports have been concluded

by external consultants and the Partnership Agreement has been signed by all three Chairs of Board. The Chairs, Margaret Forsyth, John Russell and Keith McKellar, have issued a joint statement to staff and students advising of the process and

confirming a target vesting date of 1st August 2013 when the Colleges will formally come together. An effective consultation process will soon take place where learners, staff and stakeholders will be asked to


contribute their ideas and opinions on the merger. This exercise will begin in the near future. The Boards of all three Colleges are pleased that this legal requirement has been achieved and look forward to working towards merger. A spokesperson on behalf of the Colleges said: “We are very pleased to have reached this accord and are keen to progress the merger of our three great Colleges into a first-class learning organisation. “We would urge everyone with an interest in the new college to make their contribution to the consultation process when this begins. That way, our communities and stakeholders can help to create a College which meets their needs and aspirations for themselves, their families and the wider economy.”

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GLASGOW - THE CARING CITY Modern face of fostering and adoption unveiled in Glasgow

WARM UP THIS WINTER A FREE winter home check service has been introduced for GHA tenants in a bid to combat freezing January temperatures. And to date, it is estimated that more than 1700 older tenants have benefitted from the free service. The WinterReady campaign offers tenants who are over 60, or disabled, a home check to make sure their house is fully geared up to deal with the worst of the weather. Residents are given expert help and advice that will not only make their homes more comfortable, but also more energy efficient. Tenants are visited by a plumber who checks the boiler, pipes and taps, and bleeds the radiators. They are also shown how to set their heating, turn off the water in an emergency and where to find their stop cock. As part of the campaign, tenants are also being reminded they can access a free Handyperson Service for odd jobs around the home as well as fuel and welfare benefit advice. Almost 8000 GHA and Cube tenants aged 70 and over also received £40 of food vouchers before Christmas

as part of the campaign. Fanchea Kelly, GHA’s Executive Director of Housing and Support Services, said: “The winter home checks have helped more than 3,300 tenants since we launched the scheme two years ago. It’s important that our most vulnerable tenants do everything they can to stay warm and well during the cold weather.” GHA tenants who would like any help or advice should call 0800 479 7979 from a landline or 0141 274 7979 from a mobile. Here are some tips to keep your house as warm as it could be:: • Keeping your living room at around 18-21 degrees Centigrade (64-70 F) • Check dripping taps and overflows to prevent freezing of waste pipes and flooding • Booking an annual gas service to ensure your heating system is working properly • If you are away from home for a period of time, set your heating to come on for a couple of hours a day – and leave a key with a neighbour.

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shouted in for dinner and played outside till the sun came down. “Nowadays, children are kept indoors fearing the outside world, due to our unfortunate ‘cotton-wool’ culture.” PEEK works with children and young people aged 5-25 living in the East End of Glasgow and North of Glasgow – giving them the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives. Michaela added: “PEEK Play Rangers are on a mission to get children outside playing again in their communities. To make friends with their neighbours, climb trees, splash in puddles and have a kickabout with their pals. We should be doing all we can to bring fun, laughter and enjoyment into our future generation’s hearts”.

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Local Organisation Combats the Trend GHA tenants to get help to beat the for Parents to Keep Children Indoors freezing temperatures Parents who are worried about the children playing outside have been urged to “get children outside playing” by an East End charity. Parents are being encouraged to seek support by PEEK (Possibilities East End Kids) so that parents can counter the fear of having their children play freely in the street. A recent survey carried out by Mumsnet showed that 58% of parents are afraid to let their children play outside. Each week PEEK work with 375 children at 11 different sites throughout the East & North of Glasgow encouraging free play in all weather conditions. Children will be found playing in a range of parks and on the streets in a way their parents and grandparents used to when they were young. Children are encouraged to play street games, climb trees, splash in puddles & a whole other range of activities traditional and modern. At each site 2 play rangers turn up regularly to encourage children to play freely. Play session are promoted through schools and are appreciated by the children and their parents. Michaela (Senior Play Ranger) said: “Gone are the days when we had scabby knees, being

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we use the rules as they stand to ensure we get the carers and adopters the city needs. The images projected on to the City Chambers illustrate the wide range of people who can help us look after the young people in our care. I’m sure the images will give people pause for thought on what is possible with fostering and adoption nowadays. If anyone has ever considered fostering or adoption then now is the time to step forward.” The projections are part of a wider campaign to recruit carers and adopters. The council now has around 500 fostering households, many


is able to foster or adopt. Councillor Matt Kerr, the council’s Executive Member for Social Care, welcomed the renewed campaign to recruit carers and backed the drive to cast the net as wide as possible. He said: “Glasgow urgently needs foster carers and adoptive parents. The number of vulnerable children who need to be cared for by the council shows no sign of easing. The way the rules now stand means that far more people are now eligible to take on the vital role of fostering or adoption. “Faced with ever increasing numbers of children in care, it is only sensible that


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CLOCK IS TICKING THE future of Dalmarnock’s Community Legacy Hub was the subject of a packed public meeting last week as local residents met to discuss potential options. Over 100 people turned up to question politicians about what the future holds for the centre. Several hundred surveys were distributed throughout the area to canvass views before the meeting, however it soon became clear that several residents did not receive them and had been unable to give their view. Trying to designate a site for the new facility has been an ongoing issue for the local organisation as most of the land is under the control of bodies related to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. City Legacy, responsible for building the Athlete’s Village, and the Games Organising Committee, who will organise the infrastructure, are in ownership of most of the potential suitable sites in the area. There is an added complication with the requirement for the allocated funding needing to be spent within the next 12 months. Speaking after the meeting, local Councillor Yvonne

Kucuk wanted to emphasise the benefits a new centre could bring. She said: “This is a proposal for a new community facility in Springfield Road there is a real opportunity here to finally deliver on a legacy hub. So far there are over 150 completed surveys there is an extension to the deadline of a further 10 days. “Plans are available in the Centre for all to see and discuss, I’m happy that there will be a further opportunity for those people who haven’t returned their surveys to the Centre to do so now before the consultation ends next Friday, it’s important that everyone feels part of the process”. “There is one option on the table at present if we delay or postpone a decision any further then we run the risk of not delivering anything at all. That would be tragic if the people of Dalmarnock were to lose out completely.” At present there are 2 options available for consideration: Option one - Around 12 months ago the Trust were approached by the Arena Developer who said that

space could be found in the land that was purchased to build the development. The developer had assisted with costing, architects drawings and plans and this proposal was made available for public viewing at the present centre. Option Two - Clyde Gateway has of-

fered a piece of land at Strathclyde Street but to date there are no firms plans, drawings or costing in place at this stage. The commitment from Clyde Gateway amounts to a contribution towards the cost of a new centre and would be available for any site that the community expresses a preference for. As part of option one, it is intended that the developer will build a hotel and retail provision for the area, with the current Trust members supporting this plan. However some local residents have raised concerns about whether or not there has been enough consultation, and also about the reliability of the promises


by the developer. Another local Councillor, George Redmond, was also in attendance. He said: “It is very important that the consultation with the community is open and transparent. The community of Dalmarnock must have their views heard so that they can take ownership of the new centre. “It is clear from this meeting that there are still a lot of people who are undecided about what should be put in the site. My view is that their needs to be further discussion before making any decision, so that in the long term we have a vital facility that is well used by my constituents.”


Friday 25th January 2013

Christmas Hangover

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CHRISTMAS has come and gone for another year, and with the hectic festive season over, we can reflect on what is most definitely a ‘wonderful time of the year.’ During the holidays, we can be prone to overdoing

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the celebrations, whether it is with food, drink or the present budget. January is widely acknowledged as one of the hardest months financially with 4 out of 10 adults expected to have a Christmas Hangover Debt.

Figures recently released also show that it will take some people up to seven months to pay back what they have borrowed, with men more likely to run up debt than men. As bills start to drop on door mats this month, the anxiety can cause problems for families all around Glasgow, with the temptation to use payday lenders and credit cards to postpone the debt with a higher long term cost. Police also report that they expect a dramatic increase on illegal loan shark activity who will prey on the vulnerable in their time of desperate money need. But there is help out there and the message is do not despair. It does not matter

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Friday 25th January 2013

SCOTLAND is a country that knows how to party, and with the 25th of January this Friday, it is time again to celebrate our national bard, Rabbie Burns. A colourful character in his day, he is still much loved around the world, with his poems still carrying much significance in the modern world. The ReGen is pleased to present this guest contribution from a well versed Burn’s scholar, Dr Darvin Parsons, who hopes you find your own way to celebrate the work of a literary genius.


By Dr Darvin Parsons

A Man’s A Man For A’ That

Is there for honest Poverty That hings his head, an’ a’ that; The coward slave-we pass him by, We dare be poor for a’ that! For a’ that, an’ a’ that. Our toils obscure an’ a’ that, The rank is but the guinea’s stamp, The Man’s the gowd for a’ that. What though on hamely fare we dine, Wear hoddin grey, an’ a that; Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine; A Man’s a Man for a’ that: For a’ that, and a’ that, Their tinsel show, an’ a’ that; The honest man, tho’ e’er sae poor, Is king o’ men for a’ that. Ye see yon birkie, ca’d a lord, Wha struts, an’ stares, an’ a’ that; Tho’ hundreds worship at his word, He’s but a coof for a’ that: A few years ago, TV motormouth Jeremy Paxman described Robert Burns as ‘no more than a king of sentimental doggerel.’ Mr Paxman’s comments were roundly berated from fellow journalists, fervent fans and literary critics alike. However, his description points to a problem of perception with Burns that all too often he is portrayed romantically and stereotypically, cheeks blushing out rosily from many a tartan shortbread tin. Readers like Mr Paxman fall into the trap of failing to acknowledge the complexity of Burns’s works that are marked by insightful references and compelling political commentary. Although perhaps more renowned for his depictions of drinking, dancing and womanising, some of Burns’s best poetry is to be found in his shrewd satirical works. In The Twa Dogs, for instance, Burns plays out a tale of social inequality that resonates still today. The poem is a dialogue between two dogs – one owned by a rich man, the other owned by a humble ploughman – with the irony the animals appears more sensible than the human owners. In one exchange, the poor man’s dog, Luath, comments that There’s mony a creditable stock O’ decent, honest, fawsont folk, Are riven out baith root an’ branch,

Some rascal’s pridefu’ greed to quench, Wha thinks to knit himsel the faster In favour wi’ some gentle master. Here, the reader is presented with a portrait of greed that seems all too familiar after the fall-out from the financial crisis, underlining that it is the poor man who most often inherits the brunt of the rich man’s folly. Few would contest the relevance of these lines (written in 1785) in a week when, in Parliament, a Cabinet of millionaires voted through real terms benefit cuts to some of the most vulnerable in society. These astute social and political observations are central to Burns’s works. And, of course, Mr Paxman finds himself in a distinct minority in his criticism of Scotland’s National Poet. The appeal and influence of Burns’s poetry transcends national boundaries and identities. A quick internet search shows that residents in the small town of Ukunda in Kenya will be celebrating their own version of Burns Night, whilst it is suggested that more Burns Suppers are held in the USA than anywhere else in the world. It is this open and welcoming tradition, as opposed Mr Paxman’s narrow reading, that merrymakers around the world will toast this Burns Night, and no doubt for many several years to come.

For a’ that, an’ a’ that, His ribband, star, an’ a’ that: The man o’ independent mind He looks an’ laughs at a’ that. A prince can mak a belted knight, A marquis, duke, an’ a’ that; But an honest man’s abon his might, Gude faith, he maunna fa’ that! For a’ that, an’ a’ that, Their dignities an’ a’ that; The pith o’ sense, an’ pride o’ worth, Are higher rank than a’ that. Then let us pray that come it may, (As come it will for a’ that,) That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth, Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that. For a’ that, an’ a’ that, It’s coming yet for a’ that, That Man to Man, the world o’er, Shall brothers be for a’ that.

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Duncan McNaught, Chief Executive of West of Scotland Housing Association said: “We are exploring a potential partnership because we are looking to the future and the financial challenges that all housing associations will face in the next few years. These challenges include welfare reform which is likely to reduce the income available to all associations, and the need to invest more money in our houses to achieve higher energy efficiency targets which could help protect our tenants from rising energy costs. “We need to adapt, and believe it is not an option to do nothing in the face of the challenges ahead.” WSHA believes that making this positive change will make the Association fitter for these challenges. It will help ensure the Association continues to be able to provide the best homes and services possible for its tenants and communities in the long term.

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dependant on you, over 18 and living in your home. If you need more information on this, please call us or speak to your Housing Officer. • A cap on the total amount of benefits you can receive. The £5.4m announced by the Scottish Government is in response to a substantial increase in requests for help as a result of the welfare reforms. The money will provide a new package of funding will support those providing front-line advice and support to people across Scotland. This will include: • Immediate cash injection of £300,000 for services such as those provided by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) • Setting up a new £1.7 million fund providing direct support to advice services • A further £3.4 million to be spent over the

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next two years on helping organisations mitigate the impacts welfare reforms. Changes in Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit will reduce the budgets of more than 100,000 households in Scotland – 88 per cent of them couples with children. On average these families will be £700 a year worse off. Over 100,000 households across Scotland will also lose on average of around £600 a year as a result of the bedroom tax. And it is estimated that around 1 million working age households in Scotland will be affected by the uprating of benefits by 1 per cent, announced in the Autumn Statement, reducing the total income of Scottish households by around £210 million by 2014-15. The dreaded Bedroom Tax will reduce the amount of housing benefit support that can be given to tenants in the social rented sector by introducing new size criteria for workingage Housing Benefit claimants, who have extra bedrooms. People who are judged to be ‘under occupying’ their home by one bedroom will have their housing benefit slashed by 14 per Cent. Where they are under occupying by two or more bedrooms the deduction is 25 per Cent. The new criteria for under occupation could mean that ill or disabled people, who use a spare bedroom for medical equipment, may all be affected. However you may be affected, it is important that you act now to avoid being penalised financially.


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Scots urged to turn over a green leaf The new year saw many people across the country pledging to live and eat better. But what about making some greener changes? If everyone tuned over a new leaf in 2013 it would help make Scotland a cleaner, greener place to live. Setting some greener resolutions and taking collective action can have a big impact. Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: “There are many ways to go greener which can bring benefits if we all get involved. There is no better time to make positive changes than the start of the New Year. “Turning our thermostats down by just one degree not only saves money but also reduces the amount of energy we use as a country. By taking this green action, we could save up to £60 per year as well as reducing Scotland’s carbon emissions from housing by ten per cent. “Cutting down on food waste can also mean big savings. In

Scotland the average family household throws out £430 of food annually. “So, if more of us do our bit to reduce, reuse and recycle in 2013 – we can benefit each other and our families to help create a greener, cleaner Scotland now and for the future.” In the spirit of breaking with tradition, here are some things to consider when making your greener resolution list for 2013. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Remember your three Rs in 2013 - there are lots of good reasons to reduce, reuse and recycle to help our environment and our pockets too. Why not start the New Year by making smarter decisions about what you buy and how you get the most out of those purchases throughout the year? The challenge is to think carefully about what you buy, reuse everything you can and aim to recycle everything else. Make a greener plan It’s a good idea to set some greener goals for the New Year

to keep you on track. You could create your own Greener Plan at my-greener-plan. With tailored advice and support, it enables you to choose green goals, track your achievements and ultimately do your bit to make Scotland greener. Join nature’s free ‘green gym’ Scotland’s woodlands and other open air spaces are nature’s own ‘green gym’. They’re great places to get active – whether it’s to go walking, cycling or running. Over 20 per cent of the Scottish population lives within a ten-minute walk of an accessible woodland so why not get out and enjoy some fresh air and burn off the excesses of Christmas? Kevin Lafferty, Forestry Commission Scotland’s health advisor said: “Losing those extra pounds you’ve gained over Christmas doesn’t need to involve expensive gym memberships - you can simply get out to your local woodland and enjoy some fresh winter air and go walking or

cycling. “So start your New Year resolutions early this year and get outdoors and burn some extra calories with some good green exercise.” Ditch the car You could also try using your car a little less in 2013 and walk more or try cycling instead. Where possible it’s a good idea to walk, cycle or even take the bus. Choosing to do so for shorter journeys is a move towards feeling fitter and healthier, and towards cleaner, less polluted neighbourhoods. Join a community car club If you’re planning to buy a car in 2013, could you think about joining a community car club instead? Cars can be booked online or by phone in advance, or at the last minute. They take care of insurance, tax, servicing, parking permits and even cleaning too. It’s a greener step forward. Grow your own Why not get back to nature in 2013 and try growing your own

fruit, vegetables and herbs for less? It can help to cut down on trips to the shops and packaging. Food that we grow ourselves can taste fresher and you don’t need a garden either - try a window box, some grow bags or think about a local allotment. Think and buy local A New Year means a new season and spring is on its way. Scotland produces a huge variety of foods throughout the year, so it’s always better to choose flavoursome, in season food. Give your local producers a boost by buying the best of Scotland’s natural larder in 2013. Get a home energy audit Give your home an energy saving makeover this winter by getting free expert advice and support from the Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0800 512 012. You can find out how you could make your home warmer and save money in four easy steps during 2013 with just one call. Choose low energy lighting Be enlightened in 2013 by opting

for low energy lighting alternatives to give your home a glow. Although they sometimes cost more than traditional bulbs, they last a lot longer – and you’ll make your money back in electricity savings. One energysaving lamp might save you up to £60 over its lifetime. Cut back on paper towels Why not ditch those paper towels in 2013? You can use cotton cloths or fabric napkins to mop up spills and clean up your kitchen and bathroom instead. They can be washed and reused time after time to help cut down on the waste that ends up in your bin.

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On 16 January 2013, plain clothes officers from Shettleston Police Office attended at an address in Denbrek Street, Glasgow in possession of a search warrant. They entered the house and carried out a search which resulted in a substantial drug recovery. Nearly 8kg of herbal cannabis worth approx. £68,000 was seized. A 29 year-old female was arrested in connection with drugs supply offences.


The Special Constabulary is a powerful means by which the local community can be represented within the police force. As a trained volunteer with full police powers you can add real value by supporting our regular police service. It’s important that our officers reach a certain standard and quality – and that we can assess them to make sure this is the case. There are two intakes a year for Special Constables in March and September. The selection process is involves an entrance test, interviews, background checks and a medical. This process, although rigorous, ensures that we appoint only the most suitable candidates to the office of Special Constable. What makes a good Special Constable? Whatever your background or age, we need your commitment. Obviously you must be interested in police work, physically fit and at least 18 years old. There is no upper age limit. You’ll also need a good all round education, and the ability to keep a clear head, even at the most challenging times. This is a role where who you are, is so much more important that where you’re from or what you qualifications are. Strathclyde Police’s B Division, currently employs 36 special constables, 20 male and 16 female. They work along side regular officers, wear the same uniform and are trained to use their officer safety equipment to the same standard as their full time counterparts. Their commitment to Strathclyde Police and their own communities is demonstrated by the number of hours they selflessly dedicate to keeping people safe and they do all this in addition to holding down full time jobs, families, friends and leisure pursuits. If you are interested in joining the Special Constabulary, more information can be found on Strathclyde Police website www.


Last week saw the launch of Operation Arrow across Glasgow North East and East Dunbartonshire. Operation Arrow is a highly visible anti crime initiative which aims to target criminals and their vehicles. It is underpinned by the incontrovertible link between criminal activity, uninsured drivers and road safety. On Thursday 17 January 2013, officers from B Division amassed and descended upon the streets of Maryhill and Saracen. Road blocks were set up and within 4 hours over 250 vehicles were stopped and checked, more than 30 drivers were breathalysed, numerous tickets were issued for violations of road traffic legislation and drugs were detected in a number of vehicles. The success of this day of operation has ensured that operation Arrow will continue over the coming months in various locations across the East and North East of Glasgow. Inspector Gary Price who is in charge of the Divisional Support Group said, “Through Operation Arrow, over thirty officers from the Divisional Support Group, assisted by colleagues within the community policing unit, conducted deliberate and overt interventionist road blocks to disrupt those who use vehicles in the commission of crimes and who also use vehicles to carry weapons, drugs, stolen property and the proceeds of their criminal enterprise. The day of action was so successful that we plan to continue to run the operation on a weekly basis across the division, based on the current threat, risk and harm to the area. The initiative is built around current intelligence and be in no doubt it is highly effective in appropriately targeting those who are engaged in criminal activities.”


As the darker evenings and colder weather take hold, Strathclyde Police is urging drivers to do a ‘POWDER’ check before heading out in their vehicles this winter. The ‘POWDER’ check, an acronym of Petrol, Oil, Water, Damage, Electrics and Rubber, is a simple way of reminding motorists to inspect their vehicle and make sure it is in working order and free from any damage or obstructions. This is especially the case in the winter where for example, drivers’ vision through windscreens and windows can be obscured by ice, snow, dirt from the road or low sun glare. Strathclyde Police Superintendent Jim Baird, head of road policing,

said: “We have already experienced a cold weather snap and forecasters are warning of further snow and ice in the coming weeks. It is essential that motorists keep their vehicles in a good roadworthy condition. By making a few simple checks people can keep themselves and others safe on the roads. The checks might seem obvious but you would be surprised how many people run out of fuel, or find that the oil in the car is not sufficient – which can cause major and costly damage to a vehicle. Superintendent Baird added: “The final check to make, and possibly the most important one, is of yourself. Are you fit to drive? Don’t drink and drive and don’t take drugs and drive. Don’t risk it.”


Many people feel powerless in the face of anti-social behaviour – issues such as vandalism, fly tipping, noisy neighbours and street drinking. They want it to stop but they don’t know how to make it happen. We are committed to keeping your community safe – and that includes dealing with anti social behaviour – but we need your help to do so effectively. Report it One of the most important things you can do to improve your community is report anti-social behaviour through the right channels. The easiest and most effective way to make us aware of incidents is to contact your local community policing team. They have the necessary local knowledge to deal with the particular issues in your area. What will be done We work in partnership with local councils, housing associations and

partner organisations to tackle issues of anti social behaviour. There are lots of options available to deal with anti social behaviour, from mediation or voluntary acceptable behaviour contracts to anti social behaviour orders or formal court proceedings. We will assess any reports we receive and either deal with them directly or, where appropriate, refer them to our partners. With your help we can stop anti social behaviour before it escalates into something more serious. Don’t accept it. Report it


Information has been obtained by Strathclyde Police in relation to a potential phone scam in which individuals are contacted via their telephone and informed that a virus is about to hit their home computer and for a fee a test can be carried out remotely on the computer to locate the virus and software installed to prevent corruption. It is then requested that money be transferred into a Western Union bank account. If you think you may have been affected by this or a similar scam please contact your local police office for advice and assistance either in person or telephone 0141 532 4300.


Police in the East End of Glasgow are asking local people and commuters to be vigilant and report incidences of people removing drain and manhole covers on our roads and pavements. In recent years, metal theft has been a regular feature in the national and local media; as the price of the commodity has risen sharply across the world. A worrying trend has emerged throughout Glasgow, where metal thieves are removing these heavy metal covers to sell literally for a few pounds. What is not considered is the fact that these covers serve to protect pedestrians and vehicles from damage or injury; in what can be a portal some 30feet deep. Constable Ryan Curran from Strathclyde Police said “Thieves removing these drain covers will pay no attention to the fact that lives could be at risk here. Removing metal work from roadways put vehicles, even those travelling at low speed in danger of sustaining critical damage. The

consequences, apart from the cost of damage – could be a serious road accident occurring. For pedestrians – the situation can be far more serious. We have received reports recently of a number of drain covers being taken on one street – which subsequently flooded due to the amount of rainfall. This gave the illusion of there being a puddle at the side of the road, with nothing obvious to pedestrians that there was a 30 foot hole beneath the water. This could be lethal for children who we all know love to jump in puddles. I am appealing for anyone, who witnesses these thefts taking place – or who knows the location of such a removed drain cover – to contact Strathclyde Police on 0141 532 4600 or the roads department on 0800 373 635”.


Police in Glasgow North and East Dunbartonshire area will as part of Operation Myriad targeting those identified by the courts as having not paid fines or failed to turn up for court. Currently there are 672 live warrants within Strathclyde police’s B Division which covers these areas. Constable Joanne Matulevicze from London Road police office said, “During October the public will see increased police numbers within their communities and should not be alarmed. What we are doing is addressing the concerns you have told us about and bringing before the courts those who have been identified as responsible for offences where you live. What is unacceptable that in our area 672 people who have been fined or bailed by the courts have failed to answer for their crimes. Our message is clear we are telling you there are 672 people who will be expecting a visit from us over the coming weeks. We would advise these people to hand themselves in before we arrive.”

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Parliamentary Patter Paul Martin MSP As ReGen readers will recall, over a year ago health campaigners helped force the Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon into saving Lightburn Hospital. The successful campaign gave new hope to hospital users and I was delighted that the Scottish Government had seen sense by keeping this vital facility. During the campaign it became clear that Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board had run down the facilities and services available in anticipation of closing the hospital for good. So it was im-

portant when Nicola Sturgeon announced that the hospital was to be saved, she made it clear that the services lost would now be restored and that money would be spent to improve the fabric of the building. One of the driving forces behind the Save Lightburn Campaign was Gerry McCann of the East Glasgow Parkinson’s Group. I met with him this week for an update on the progress of improvement works only to discover that after over a year, the hospital has had no significant improvement works. Staff still

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do not have their canteen restored and have resorted to using a vending machine. The Scottish Government has not fulfilled their promise to restore Lightburn Hospital and health bosses in Glasgow need to be told to carry out the improvement works urgently. I will be requesting an urgent meeting with Alex Neill, the new Health Secretary, so that health campaigners, local Councillors and I can meet to discuss the future of Lightburn Hospital. It is important that the uncertainty ends and we can start to restore a much valued service to the East End.

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The UK Government’s programme of Welfare Reform is a further burden on people already struggling to make ends meet, as the cost of living continues to soar and the cuts start to bite. By cutting support for the working poor and middle income families, the Tories are sending a clear signal that they want our poorest communities to pay the price for the mess they are making of our economy. And yet, nothing has been done to tackle the rising long-term unemployment that is blighting our poorest communities. Here in Glasgow East, 3,660 people are without a job. As Scotland knows all too well, the Tories, are happy to let vulnerable people and the working poor pay for their mishandling of our economy. Let us be clear, it is disabled people, children and those on low incomes that will suffer the impact of their sweeping welfare reforms. But it is a sobering thought to think that the worse is yet come. For example, the changes to housing benefit will see the introduction of a size

Glasgow, that it’s a disgrace George Square has been neglected for so long. However the city fathers attempted to plough on with redevelopment plans without any meaningful input from the public. Six designs were shortlisted, but there was little transparency in how they were chosen, and the consultation was a sham exercise, with Glaswegians given just nine days to register their views before the announcement of the winner on January 18. A leading voice of sanity in this debate has been my council colleague, David Meikle, who was critical of the rushed way this process has been handled.

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Ruth Davidson MSP I was pleased that this week the Council has been forced to back down on controversial plans for a radical re-design of George Square. George Square has acted as Glasgow’s civic centre for more than 200 years. It has played host to Remembrance parades, pop concerts, nativity scenes, Hogmanay hoolies, Olympic hero returns and the occasional office worker feeding sandwich crusts to the local pigeon population. But, for all that, it is currently a bland and tired looking advert for a city on the up. So much work has been done in recent years to showcase

2nd Monday of the Month* Barmulloch 5.15pm Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, G21 4th Monday of the Month* Garthamlock 4.00pm GESH, 1 Redcastle Square, G33 5EG Craigend 5.00pm St Rose of Lima Primary School, 295 Mossvale Road, G33 5QS Carntyne 6.00pm High Carntyne Church (Carntyne Square), 358 Carntynehall Road, G32 6LW

criteria, which will result in charges for rooms which are unoccupied. This will increase the bills for those Housing Benefit claimants living in the social rented sector by an average of £728 per year. Housing Associations here in Glasgow have already expressed to me their concerns about this change and there is a real concern that many people will be pushed into expensive privately rented accommodation which will only serve to increase the benefit bill. What’s more, cuts to Child Benefit will hit middle earners and will effect up to 280 people here in Glasgow East. It is simply unfair that some couples earning as much £100,000 will keep all their child benefit but one-earner families on just £50,000 will see it slashed. More incompetence from the Tories. My Labour colleagues and I support the principle of universal Child Benefit as we understand the additional cost of bringing up children. On the other hand, the Tories are showing themselves to be out of touch with ordinary people. Disabled people are being hit hard too.

The Disability Living Allowance will be replaced with a new Personal Independence Payment which could see 25,000 disabled people give up their jobs because they can’t afford the extra costs of getting to work. The Tories also plan to abolish Council Tax Benefit and devolve responsibility to local authorities with a 10% cut. Without ring-fencing the fund to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable are protected, there is a real risk of adding to communities’ problems, not helping them. Of course, Scottish Labour believes you should be better off in work than on benefits - work should always pay. We believe in the value of work and the opportunities that it can provide. That’s why we introduced the minimum wage and tax credits. On the other hand, this Government seems more concerned with punishing the poor than giving them opportunities. I have heard from a number of constituents who are concerned about how these changes will affect them. By taking away child benefit from middle income families, cutting support for disabled people and help with council tax bills for those on the lowest incomes, The Tories are showing their true colours.

Ruth Davidson MSP His view that we should pause and consider a seventh option is one that the public has supported, one which would still see the hated red tarmac ripped up – but would cost less, be appreciated more and add a softness and calm utility to a space designed for use by all Glasgow’s workers, residents and visitors. And now Glasgow City Council have seen sense and announced exactly that - a renovation instead of wholesale change. Although there are still some concerns about cost, I hope now that we can see a return to a greener space – with trees, borders and grass incorporated for everyone to enjoy.


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SPOTLIGHT ON THE AMATEURS FOSTERS Scottish Amateur Sunday Trophy, Fourth Round - The Songbird w.o. Golden Acorn; Pavilion 5, Royal Penicuik 2; Cross Tavern 6, Treble 2 AFC 3; Society 1, Harvester 10; Fintry Th 2, Oxgangs 2 (2-4 on pens); Shirlaws 3, Harthill Village 3 (3-4 on pens); Gartcairn 4, Wheatsheaf 3; Crystal Barcelona 0, Cranhill 6; Dunalba 6, Annfield 3; St Clair Tavern 1, Southside Whitecart 6; Harlequins 5, Revels 3; Chasers Bar 4, Club Livingston 3; Dunfermline Thistle 3, Liberton Thistle 2; Carluke

Kirkton 0, Pinkertons 4; Annan Town 1, Rutherglen Vogue 5; DW Woodgrove 1, Salters Athletic 8; Tayport 6, Premier Select 0; Cleland Club 6, Bobby’s Bar 4; Drumchapel Thistle 3, Finavon 2; The Geet 3, Airdrie AFC 2. Fifth Round - Dundee Argyle 6, Harthill Village 3; Commercial 5, Livingston 2; Gartcairn 3, The Songbird 8; Real Mermaid 5, Cleland Club 1; Drumchapel Thistle 3, Beechwood Athletic 1; Rutherglen Vogue 3, Oxgangs 0; Pinkertons 0, Castlemilk Dynamo 2; Chasers Bar 1, Pavilion 2;

Milton 2, Salters 2 (4-2 on pens); Southside Whitecart 1, Michelin Athletic 1 (10-9 on pens). SUNDAY Central Amateur Football League: President’s Cup, Round One - Cranhill 1, Queens Park Spiders 1 (5-6 on pens); Third Lanark 4, Cleddans 4 (5-4 on pens); Treble 2 AFC 6, Gorbals 3; FC Baillieston 3, Springhall Spartans 1; Haldane 4, Gartferry 4 (5-4 on pens). GlassCo Cup, Round One - Springhall Spartans 4, Overlee Partizans 1.

WINTER CARPET BOWLS WHITEVALE produced the shock of the Individual Championships First Round - by failing to appear at two venues and their respective opponents were given a walk-over. VENUE 1 at Shettleston. Singles - Garrowhill 5, Springboig 7. Pairs - Garrowhill 11, Mount Vernon 5. Triples - Springboig 5, Sandyhills 6. Rinks - Sandyhills 14, Garrowhill 2. VENUE 2 at Sandyhills. Singles - North British 4, Mount Vernon 11. Pairs - Shettleston w.o. Whitevale. Triples - Garrowhill w.o. Whitevale. Rinks - Mount Vernon 3, North British 10. VENUE 3 at Garrowhill. Singles - Sandyhills w.o. Whitevale. Pairs - Springboig 7, Sandyhills 4. Triples - North British 4, Shettleston 11. Rinks - Shettleston w.o. Whitevale. The Eastern Carpet Bowls League programme resumes with Week 11, commencing January 28. Fixtures: North British v Shettleston; Mount Vernon v Sandyhills; Whitevale v Garrowhill.

L.S.K.SUPPLIES WEST YOUTHS Scottish Under-21 Challenge Cup: Fourth Round - Knightswood 4, St Peters Giffnock North 2; Hutchison Vale 2, Rossvale 1; The Celtic BC 2, Pollok Juvs 1; Campsie Black Watch 4, Vale of Clyde 2; EK Rolls Royce 5, Tranent 4; Falkirk Athletic 1, Rutherglen Glencairn 6; Goldenhill 3, Drumchapel Utd 2; Mill United 3, Cumbernauld Colts 5. Lady Darling Supplementary Cup: Second Round - Harestanes 1, Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers 0; Cavalry Park 1, Hillwood 0; Clydeside 1, Bonnyton 3; Jerviston 1, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 0; Cavalry Park 0, Eastwood 2; Bonnyrigg Rose 1, Renfrew FC 7. Premier Division: Drumchapel Utd 2,

Baillieston Juniors 0; Harmony Row 6, Glasgow Ams 2; Goldenhill 0, Rutherglen Glencairn 5; St Peters Giffnock North 2, Harestanes 1; South Camlachie Youth Project 0, Tower Hearts 6; Baillieston Juniors 2, Campsie Black Watch 6; Knightswood 3, Drumchapel United 1; Glasgow Amateurs 1, Goldenhill 4; Hillwood 1, South Camlachie 6; Tower Hearts 6, St Peters 1; Rutherglen Glencairn 2, Harmony Row 1. First Division: Busby 6, Drumchapel Ams 6; The Celtic BC 2, Rossvale 2; Neilston 3, Steins 4; Johnstone Burgh 8, Vale of Leven 1; Rossvale 3, Neilston 3; Clydebank 2, Busby 2; Drumchapel Ams 3, Renfrew FC 3; Clydeside 1, The Celtic BC 8.

Second Division: Arsenal 3, Vale of Clyde 1; East Kilbride Rolls Royce 3, Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 0; Kilsyth 0, East Kilbride F.C. 4; Erskine 6, Loudoun 2; Barrhead Arthurlie 1, Pollok Juvs 9; Faifley 1, East End United 0; Eastwood 2, EK Rolls Royce 1; East End 4, Erskine 2; Pollok 2, Falkirk 5; Vale of Clyde 4, East Kilbride FC 3; Barrhead Arthurlie 2, Kilsyth 4. LSK Supplies West of Scotland Cup: Falkirk Athletic 3, Knightswood 8. Birdston Kennels League Cup - Harestanes 2, Johnstone Burgh 3; Vale of Leven 5, Steins 7; Bonnyton 3, Glasgow University 3 (3-4 on pens). Only Sport League Cup: Kirkintilloch Rob Roy 1, Faifley 0.


WESTERLANDS goalkeeper Richard Johnson beats David Omozik to a crossball from Mark Anderson. However, the Broomhouse striker netted a second half goal in their 6-0 league win at Stepford Road.

BROOMHOUSE 6, W E S T E R L A N D S GLASGOW GRADUATES 0. STEPFORD Road hosted a one-sided GGAFL clash as ‘House hit three goals in each half. Colin Cairns (26 mins), Jason MacKay (31), and Mark Anderson (45) scored before the interval. David Omozik (59), Mark McGeough (63) and David Quinn (85) completed the victory. GLASGOW HARP 3, NEW CRAIGHALL LEITH VICS 0. FORMER local junior players John Crooks and John Jack led Harp to the Caledonian League title last season and now they’ve qualified for the fifth round of the Fosters Scottish Amateur Cup. Victory was secured with goals from Chris Chalmers, Marc McDowall and Mark Shanta. OBAN SAINTS 2, POSTAL UNITED AFC 3. GREAT start to the New Year for last season’s SAFL Premier champions. A battling display from the visitors, who were missing some players but claimed victory with goals from Michael Anderson,

Brendan Queen and James Simpson. BROOMHOUSE 1, WELLHOUSE AFC 2. WELL contested, full of good football friendly at Greenfield. Mark McFarlane put ‘House ahead on 23 minutes - a lead they held until Chris Boyle equalised after 62 minutes. Thomas Sinclair netted the winner on 80 minutes. BROOMHOUSE 0, FINNART AFC 0. FRIENDLY at Glasgow Green, and Broomhouse had the better chances. CAMBRIA 0, BROOMHOUSE 6. ANOTHER step towards gaining promotion from the Greater Glasgow AFL Division Four. A David Quinn double after 6 and 17 minutes set them up at Stepps. Joe McGowan and David Omozik combined for a brilliant third goal on the restart. McGowan’s runs down the flank caused Cambria all sorts of problems, and he was upended for a penalty kick, which Kevin Kilday converted after 49 minutes. Mark Anderson saw a powerful deflected shot find the net (71

mins), and Joe McGowan’s dazzling run was finished with a perfect chipped finish after 80 minutes. BELLSHILL 0, SHETTLESTON 1. TOWN continued their fine unbeaten run with Jamie Doyle’s penalty kick against a home side led by new bosses Davie Turnbull and Robert Downs. POSTAL UNITED 4, ROLLS ROYCE 1. TWO goals either side of half-time for United. Scorers: Brown (2), B Hughes and M Anderson. TYNECASTLE AFC 6, CASTLEMILK 1. SIX-hit West of Scotland Cup victory. Jordan (2), Taylor (pen), own goal, McGlinchey and Kilday. BROOMHOUSE 8, WHITEINCH 0. THIS was a revenge result for ‘House after they lost the league clash (3-2) at Whiteinch earlier in the season. The visitors only tested Don Scott once in a no-scoring first half. The second half floodgates opened, and Broomhouse went to town through Jason MacKay (3), Darren Hogan, Sean Cairney, Mark McGeough, Mark McFarlane and Craig McGregor.


SYFA National Development Squads have been busy playing friendlies against professional clubs. The Under-16s defeated Raith Rovers 3-2 before losing 4-1 against Kilmarnock, but Head Coach Derek Riddel still took positives from the second game. He said: “We were 3-0 down in 20 minutes after a slow start, but drew the second period 1-1 and the last session finished 0-0, so that was pleasing. The players just need confidence, but we’ll get there.” Meanwhile, the National Under-15s beat Raith Rovers 6-0 in the double-header at Toryglen. Scottish Cup Under-13 and Under-21 finals will be played this season on Saturday, May 4. The Under-17 and Under-19s are scheduled for Saturday, May 11, and the following day brings together Under-14, Under-15 and Under-16 finals. Central Region coaches are working hard with different age groups - in the form of development programmes and games against professional clubs. Details are expected to be announced shortly on a visit to the far North of Scotland in June.


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CITY DRAW EUROPEAN OPPOSITION GLASGOW CITY F.C. are poised to meet top European opposition indoors as part of their preseason programme - thanks to an exclusive invitation from German champions FFC Turbine Potsdam. To celebrate Potsdam’s 40th anniversary, last season’s SWP treble-winners have been hand picked to compete at the “Meet The Champions” eight-a-side event on 2nd-3rd February. A 2000 capacity crowd is expected to watch the games at the new MBS Indoor Arena, Potsdam. The record-breaking six-times Premier League winners will play Brondby IF (Denmark), Djurgardens IF (Sweden) and VV St Truiden (Belgium) in Group A. Turbine Potsdam line-up against Group B opponents AC Sparta Praha, AZS Wroclaw and NOSV Neulengbach. City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black admitted: “We know teams at this level are very difficult to break down. “The format is very interesting and should ensure a rigorous pre-season work-out for our players. The games are certain to be of a high intensity and will require the players to be in good condition.” City will play each group opponent twice, before two further placement matches, which will decide the ultimate outcome of the tourney. Group games are 12 minutes in duration, and placement matches 15 minutes. Danish champions Brondby swept all before them last season, and by early January had won all 14 league games to open up a commanding five-point lead. I understand Swedish clubs are going through a transitional period, but will still provide strong opposition. Belgium outfit St Truiden are another club looking to build for the future, and currently occupy a to-five slot behind more well-known teams like Standard Liege and Anderlecht. PICTURED OPPOSITE: ACTION from a Champions League clash between Glasgow City FC and German cracks FFC Turbine Potsdam at Petershill Park.


FINNART BC are looking for players born on/after January 1, 1999. Training at Crownpoint (every Thursday), and play home games on a Sunday at Glasgow Green. Call Mark Ainslie on 07717723149 or email DENNISTOUN AMATEURS, who play in the West of Scotland Amateur Football League, are seeking quality adult players (all positions). The team train and play home games at Whitehill School, Dennistoun. Anyone interested should contact 07801394113. CELTIC Boys’ Club require an experienced goalkeeper for the 1999 age group team. Call Brian McGarvey on 0141 583 1282.


LOCAL Boys’ Club teams are being invited to participate at the Preston M&L Easter Cup (29 March-April 1). Last year, Jimmy Johnstone Academy beat Maryhill Juniors 2-1 in the Under-14 final. Call 01292 590283, or go to


SCOTTISH Amateur Football League are taking applications for next season. Clubs should contact secretary Mike McLean with background information about their history, committee members and home ground location. Contact Mr McLean via email: WEST of Scotland Amateur Football League will accept memberships from new and existing teams for the 2013-2014 season. Officials require to consider all applications by February 28. Call secretary Terrence Harding on 0141 946 7903 or 07732965319 or email terrenceharding@


GLASGOW GIRLS F.C. are holding their annual Player of the Year awards presentation at Budhill Halls, Springboig, on Saturday, February 2 (7.30pm). Trophies will be presented to Under-11, Under-13,Under-15, Under-17 and Seniors. A full-house attendance of 120 people is expected.

RAITH DOUBLE SYFA National Development Squads recorded a double win against Raith Rovers at Toryglen Regional Football Centre. The Under-15s beat Rovers 6-0, while the Under-16 team won 3-2. The latter also met Kilmarnock Pro-Youth earlier this month, and lost 4-1.

SPORTS SEMINAR SPORTS Council for Glasgow are hosting a “Free to Members” Seminar at Toryglen Regional Football on Thursday, February 7. The “Making Your Club Work Better” aims to provide members with advice and guidance on best practice across specific areas of committees and funding. Key areas will include Chairpersons, Treasurers, Club Secretary and potential sources of funding.

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ReGEN East Issue 97  
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