Shawlands on the right track?

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SHAWLANDS is on the right track – but more needs to be done to bring the area up to scratch.

That’s the opinion of MSP James Dornan, who took in the area on a walk with Shawlands and Strathbungo community council, Glasgow city council representatives and The Extra last week.

The Cathcart representative was joined by Langside councillor Susan Aitken, and both were informed of the problems facing Shawlands by the community councillors working and living there.

Mr Dornan told The Extra: “Shawlands has its problems but it’s not the worst area in my constituency – really, the point of this is making it a place that people want to visit again”.

Issues raised included a lack of street lighting, littering and fly tipping and parking – all of which have featured in The Extra in 2012.

Community council member Margaret Seery complained about the lack of lighting on Kilmarnock Road, stating that there is “no street lighting underneath the arcade – all we have is the lighting from the building, which is too far back to cast light on the street itself”.

Fellow member Fiona Fleming added concerns about fly tipping, adding that changes to bulk uplifts by Glasgow city council had not been made clear to residents.

Parking problems were also raised – on Tantallon Road in particular, where the narrow street accommodates heavy traffic dropping off and picking up from Langside primary school.

Positive notes included the introduction of ambient lighting on Skirving Street, and welcoming in new businesses to boost the image of Shawlands as a shopping destination.

The MSP commented that he welcomed “anything to make the place look brighter, and bring more people in” including the promotion of Shawlands as having a “unique café culture”.

But a quick poll of Extra readers online suggest that the area’s biggest problem remains the Arcade.

This week, we asked Twitter followers: what changes would you make to Shawlands?

Gavin Williamson (@soosider3) tweeted: “Biggie has to be the Arcade – wrong building in the wrong place, prime site massively underused”.

Arnold Black agreed, adding: “Demolish the Arcade and start again with something that can be a centre for the community”.

Issues raised on the walk-around also came up on Twitter, with @Glasgow_Red calling for the council to “fill those potholes and sort the parking problems”, while fellow community councillor Andrew Montgomery replied: “Starting point must be to address dirty, poorly lit streets”.

What changes would you make to Shawlands? Share your thoughts by emailing gillian.loney@jpress.co.uk.