WORK to develop a second set of Liveable Neighbourhoods in Glasgow will start soon.
The city council has appointed two consultants to deliver early-stage work aimed at transforming communities into safer, more attractive spaces where everyday needs can be met locally.
Funded by a Connecting Communities grant from Sustrans Scotland Places for Everyone programme, Liveable Neighbourhoods will be developed in four areas as part of the wider programme’s second tranche of work:
Mansewood to Shawlands
Pollokshields East to Gorbals
Royston to Hogganfield
Yoker to Whiteinch
The consultants, Atkins and Mott MacDonald, will look at interventions already in scope and engage with residents to identify ideas for neighbourhood improvements that reflect what they would like to see within their communities.
The climate crisis and recent pandemic have brought to the fore the importance of local public space. As a key element of Glasgow’s Transport Strategy, the Liveable Neighbourhoods Programme is seeking to reduce car reliance by advancing a network of accessible and revitalised neighbourhoods with enhanced public spaces and attractive green infrastructure.
Residents have been participating in activities to identify an array of improvements that reflect the needs of their communities, some of which will progress to construction, subject to future funding availability.
Engagement with residents of the four emerging Liveable Neighbourhoods will involve a mix of online and in-person activities after which a shortlist of potential interventions for each area will go forward for further design development.
Cllr Angus Millar, city convener for climate and transport said: “Our Liveable Neighbourhoods approach is about looking at Glasgow street-by-street, community-by-community, and finding ways to better connect and improve our local areas so that residents can have their day-to-day needs met within a short distance of their home.
“The appointment of consultants to collectively deliver early-stage work in these four neighbourhoods is hugely positive and means that work will start soon with local communities with the aim of creating safer, people-friendly streets that support active travel for everyday journeys as well as encouraging patronage of local shops and businesses.”
The Liveable Neighbourhoods Programme is Glasgow’s approach to blending the 20-minute neighbourhood concept with the place principle to respond to the current environmental, social, health and economic challenges the city faces. Through six tranches of work, the programme will reach into all areas of the city.
Tranche one early-stage work has taken place in the first five Liveable Neighbourhoods — Ruchill to Cowlairs, Langside to Toryglen, Yorkhill to Anderston, Dennistoun to Cranhill and Govan to Kingston.