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YourCityCouncillor WARD 9 – Calton

Councillor Yvonne Kucuk Scottish Labour Calton Local News

Spring/Summer 2013

It has been a very busy and eventful first year as a Councillor for the Ward but also very rewarding. I have been involved in several campaigns locally from Saving our Sorting Office which drew strong support from local organisations and community councils from Bridgeton – Dalmarnock – Calton and Dennistoun unfortunately the Royal Mail were determined to press ahead with the closure and we lost the Cubie Street sorting office. Another campaign saw us attempt to prevent the closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland branch on London Road – although they too decided on closure the campaigns brought out the best in our communities. Local people came together to fight these unjust decisions and I am confident that we can build upon that and ensure that vital services are protected for local people in the Ward. Although these decisions were disappointing, it hasn’t all been doom and gloom. The Ward, over the past 12 months, has seen some really impressive projects delivered from the reopening of the Olympia at Bridgeton Cross to the opening of the Community Safety Services buildings at London Road not to forget the Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome all this as well as securing millions of pounds in investment for the whole ward. Calton I was delighted when it was announced that the Calton would benefit from a massive £3.5 million pounds investment from Glasgow City Council and the possibility of an additional £2.8 million could also follow. I would also like to thank our MP Anas Sarwar for his support in securing this investment at a time when the Council was announcing huge cuts due to the budget settlement from the Scottish Government.

There also must be praise given to the local community who were the driving force in highlighting the issues in the area and the Calton Area Association have played a huge part in bringing this investment to the area and who also played a huge part in designing the master plan and matrix for the area.

Glasgow City Council, City Chambers, Glasgow G2 1DU Phone 0141 287 2000

Calton Local News

Spring/Summer 2013

The money will see the transformation of the Calton and Barra’s area in preparation for the 2014 Games – however everyone involved would like to see a Social legacy as well as a physical legacy from the Games and we are determined to create some much needed employment in the area. A series of articles appeared in the local and national press and we launched the scheme in March this year and brought local traders and shopkeepers together for the first meeting. We also have a committee set up and are looking for Trust status to enable us to deliver even more exciting things for the Calton area. The new group is called ABC – Action Barra’s Calton. Over 98 traders and shopkeepers turned up for the meeting on the 25 March in the Barra’s Centre to discuss the plans for the area and to find out how the investment was going to be spent. I was delighted at the turnout and the working groups are now being set up the focus of the groups will concentrate on the shop front renewals programme as well as the stalled spaces and vacant land on the 2014 Games routes. Calton – Clean Up On Thursday 3 May we had over 50 volunteers turn up to the Clean Up The Calton event – in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful – GCSS – staff and volunteers from McDonalds and GHA – special mention for Alex Glass who helped co-ordinate it. The initiative has also been entered in the Evening Times Streets Ahead Campaign Competition. Calton – Heritage and Learning Centre In just a few shorts weeks the people of the Calton will finally throw open the doors of their new community facility – I recently went down to have a look at the building and it looks amazing. This goes to show what community partnerships can deliver with Thenue Housing and the Calton Area Association coming together to work to deliver and fund a new community facility – I wish everyone involved every success for the future.

Surgeries I would be delighted to see my constituents at any of my surgeries to discuss issues, problems, successes and stories. If you cannot come along in person you can contact me anytime by email: or by telephone: 0141 287 2000. Venue Time Frequency Calton Area Association Community Flat, Flat 0-1, 231 12.00 pm First Wednesday of each month Stevenson Street Bambury Regeneration Centre, 67 Yate Street 4.00 pm Second Wednesday of each month Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre, 13 Whitehill Street 6.00 pm Second Tuesday of each month Parkhead Library, 64 Tollcross Road 6.00 pm Fourth Tuesday of each month Please Note that Surgeries will not take place during School Holidays or Public Holidays

Useful Numbers Glasgow City Council Switchboard Clean Glasgow (Fly Tipping, Litter etc) Roads & Lighting Faults CCTV Control Centre Land & Environmental Services (Refuse, Recycling Bulk Collections, Needle Uplift, Street Sweeping)

0141 287 2000 0800 027 7027 0800 373 635 0141 287 9999 0141 287 9700

Noise Control Abandoned Cars Water Mains Leakages or Bursts Crimestoppers Police (Non-Emergency Only)

0141 287 6688 0141 276 0859 0845 600 8855 0800 555 111 0141 532 3000

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