Representatives of Community Councils are also invited and we were joined by Bill Carson of Pollokshaws/Eastwood, Flora Wardlaw of Cathcart and District covering Merrylee and Robert McElroy of Newlands and Auldhouse. Alex Fraser was unable to join us due to a hospital appointment this week, but regularly attends from Arden, Carnwadric, Kennishead and Old Darnley Community Council.
Grants were discussed and awarded to local organisations:
- St Vincent’s Primary School – pupils’ residential trip to Blairvadach Outdoor Centre – £900 (56% of total costs)
- Pollokshaws Parish Church – materials for needlework group in Shawbridge Street hall – £409
- Merrylee Residents and Tenants Organisation – gardening materials for environmental and health activities – £2,500 (40%)
- Riverside Playgroup – toys and storage equipment in Newlands South Church hall – £2,500
- The Point – equipment for parenting courses, English classes and other actitivies in Eastwood Parish Church hall – £3,630
- South West Community Cycles – promoting local cycling charity based in Pollokshaws West rail station – £8,000 (9%)
- Merrylee Primary School Parent Council – new school exit gate and path planned by parents – £2,085.75 (42%)
The Area Committee also heard presentations from Glasgow Life on its Communities services in our area – including Pollokshaws Library and activities in the Burrell Collection – followed by the Ripple Effect group planning to consult further on the impact of alcohol and drugs in communities across south Glasgow.
We considered the minutes of Greater Pollok & Newlands/Auldburn Community Planning Partnership which brings together a range of public services with community residents and key local organisations across our area.
The meeting closed with thanks for Bill Milner, who will no longer be continuing as substitute representative from Cathcart and District. Mr Milner is a longstanding Community Councillor who was actively involved in the Area Committee over many years, representing the interests of Merrylee and the wider area. Thanks to Bill for all his voluntary work locally.