At a meeting of over 120 local residents on Wednesday 28th May the controversial proposal to convert 25 Burnbank Gardens into a hostel for homeless men was vigorously attacked. Those attending criticized the lamentable lack of consultation by the Council Social Work staff. Many complained bitterly about the impact that 40 male homeless persons and their friends would have on this pleasant family neighbourhood and also on its many elderly and vulnerable residents. No-one spoke in support of the Council proposal.
A Burnbank Action Group website has been set up along with a Facebook page to inform everyone about the opposition plans. Hillhead Councillor Martin McElroy attended the public meeting and has now written to Eric Steel Head of Homeless Services qualifying substantially his previous support for this development and insisting in particular that the number to be housed there is reduced to between 12 and a maximum of 20. His letter can be read here.
Social Work Services have themselves organized an Information Open Day on Wednesday 4th June between 1pm and 8pm in Community Central Hall in Maryhill Road. Details can be read here. They have also published a fact-sheet which attempts to address some of the local concerns and which can be read here.
Woodside Community Council has placed the Burnbank proposals high on the agenda for its monthly meeting at 7.00pm on Monday 2nd June in Community Central Hall. Our meetings are open to the public and Woodside residents and businesses are welcome to attend and to raise and discuss local issues such as this. Alternatively you may comment on this webpage, or write to us or e-mail us here.