victoria road from park

 

new superstore - Just what Govanhill needs, potential for new jobs to revitalise the Victoria Road area or another slap in the face for Victoria Road's current resurgence as a shopping destination by the big battalions?

NEXT MEETING: 9th JUNE : REFERENDUM DEBATE

7pm to 9pm, Samaritan House, 79 Coplaw Street, Govanhill

 

 

Speakers followed by public discussion:
 
Sarah Collins YES
Chair of STUC Youth Committee, branch secretary East Ayrshire Unison, resident of Shawlands and a Radical Independence Campaigner.
 
Eddie McGuire NO
Internationally known musician and renowned Glasgow composer, Eddie speaks in his personal capacity.
 
Gordon Morgan YES
Lives the other side of Queen's Park.  Southside intellectual and heavily involved with Scottish Left Review magazine.
 
Raymond Mennie NO
Raymond has lots of local government experience and is coming all the way from Dundee to talk in Govanhill.
 
 
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BACKGROUND
Housing and Population in Govanhill ~ Crosshill:
 
Govanhill / Crosshill has about 8,000 households with a population of approximately 15,000 although it is improbable that the recent addition in migrant workers is adequately accounted for.
 
This location has some very large homes for people with large bank accounts. It also has people living in extreme poverty. And it has every income level along the spectrum.
 
The area has a large and highly concentrated population of Romany people originating from Slovakia and Romania. They are the most recent incomers.
 
Prominent in the established population are people of Highland, Irish and Pakistani origin.
 
It is estimated that over 40% of the population are from a minority ethnic origin. Around 27% of Govanhill Housing Association's housing is let to people from a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) background. Higher concentrations of BME population reside in the largely undeveloped, privately rented or owner occupied sectors of housing in the area.
 
Current hot topic: safety - especially for women to walk the streets and the parks without being murdered or raped. The feeling of increased danger seems to have grown since the creation of Glasgow Community & Safety Services Ltd. This organisation aims to prevent crime, tackle antisocial Behaviour and promote community safety in the city. Their Security Patrols and CCTV have been in the area for the last few years. According to official statistics, crime in Scotland is at an all-time low.
 
Big issues; poverty, housing, social care, state of roads and streets, demonisation of Romany people. A danger of tension between long time local rooted  poorest residents and Romany residents. But who are the emloyers and gang master? But who are the private landlords? Why does the current registration system protect them from scrutiny?
More than 60 letting agents were operating in Govanhill / Crosshill 18 months ago.
 
 

 

 

 

 

All meetings are public - you are welcome to come along to observe the council at work. Whilst only elected members take part in the debate and voting, we may ask for your opinion on matters that you feel strongly about.

We meet on the second Monday of each month at Samaritan House, 79 Coplaw Street, Govanhill. (map)

Meetings start at 7pm and are finished by 9pm.

 

 

 

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The next meeting is on 9 JUNE 2014 at 7pm.

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All meetings are public - you are welcome to come along to observe the council at work. Whilst only elected members take part in the debate and voting, we may ask for your opinion on matters that you feel strongly about.

We meet on the second Monday of each month at Samaritan House, 79 Coplaw Street, Govanhill. (map)

Meetings start at 7pm and are finished by 9pm.

 

 

Elections for new Councillors

We have vacancies on the Community Council. If you'd like to contribute to your community - and have a say in what goes on get yourself nominated. Forms are in the Govanhill Library.

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