Forum meets MSPs

Stephen Curran with the southside senior forum
Stephen Curran with the southside senior forum

The race for Glasgow’s newest constituency — Glasgow Southside — is hotting up and the candidates are canvassing the community.

Scottish Labour’s shadow justice minister Richard Baker MSP and shadow for community safety, James Kelly MSP joined Stephen Curran today for a meeting with Southside Connections Seniors Forum.

The southside councillor invited Labour’s shadow ministers to meet residents after they raised concerns about antisocial behaviour in some parts of the southside.

Mr Curran said: “People know that antisocial behaviour is a problem and people are telling me they want something done.

“I’m already working hard locally with the police and a strong team of MPs, councillors and party members across the new constituency”.

Meanwhile, Conservative candidate David Meikle is delighted at the reaction to his traffic calming measures.

The councillor identified speeding as one of the top issues in Pollokshields and appealed to the council and local people for support in his campaign.

Following this, traffic calming was introduced on Terregles Avenue and Aytoun Road in West Pollokshields. Now, almost two years later, the changes went up for the public vote.

Land and Environmental Services surveyed residents affected by the rubber bolt down cushions in 2010 and following a majority (82%)of positive responses, the traffic calming measures will be retained.

Councillor Meikle told The Extra: “Speeding is one of the top issues in Pollokshields and through my efforts the council has installed traffic islands, electronic signs and speed bumps in West Pollokshields to tackle the issue.

“Traffic calming, especially speed bumps, can be controversial but I welcome these results.”

Elsewhere, SNP candidate Nicola Sturgeon will be holding a public meeting in St Bride’s primary school, 83 Craigie Street, on Saturday to discuss issues in Strathbungo East.

This is in connection with work that has been undertaken by Miss Sturgeon and the community council along with the police, Glasgow Community and Safety Services, the council and Southside Housing Association to identify ways to deal with problems in the area.