The Affordable Warmth Dividend is a payment of £100 made by the City Council to Glasgow residents who are 80 years of age and older to help them keep warm during the winter. To receive the payment you must be 80 years of age or over by 31 March 2016 and living in Glasgow.
If you have not previously claimed for the Dividend or have not received a letter by 30 November 2015, you can download the application form [56kb] and guidance [40kb]. Evidence of age is required for each new claim. Woodside residents are reminded that they can apply on someone’s behalf, so if you know anyone who is or will become eighty years old before next April then just add your own details at the bottom of the application form and it will be accepted.
With its adaptations complete and after authorisation by the Care Inspectorate, Burnbank House accepted its first homeless men as residents on Monday 1st December. The unit has new external lighting and six close circuit cameras to monitor perimeter activity.
Salvation Army staff are on site 24/7 and have confirmed that the facility is ‘dry’, which means that no alcohol is permitted to be brought into or consumed on the premises. Resident numbers will be limited to 25 for at least three months while equipment and procedures are run in. The maximum number of homeless men who will be accommodated remains at forty.
Your Community Council with local residents groups and Police Scotland are interested in any anti-social or petty criminal activity which may now occur locally because of this unit’s residents or (which is more likely) because of their associates. Woodside householders and businesses are asked to be diligent in reporting any such incidents.
Although it has not been possible to prevent the establishment of this facility, Glasgow Social Work Services again confirmed that this unit is a temporary solution for no more than thirty months. Your Community Council is now working with local City Councillors to ensure that when the new build unit in Rodney Street takes over a ‘sensitive sale’ of Burnbank House for use as housing will take place.
A formal Planning Application has now been submitted by Glasgow City Council for permission to construct a new Homeless Persons unit on the vacant ground in Rodney Street opposite the NCS offices. The proposed building is for class 8 use and comprises 30 studio flats with common areas and is designed as accommodation with supervision for homeless persons on the way to full rehabilitation. This is intended to replace the temporary facility at present proposed for Burnbank Gardens.
Details of the planning application and how to comment can be viewed online at the website below by entering the application number 14/01629/DC into the search box : https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple&searchType=Application
This proposal is not considered as a ‘major development’ by planning officials so there will be no pre-application consultation or exhibition. The Design architects are targeting the Planning Applications Committee on 19th September for a decision.
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.
Mr Eric Steel, Head of Homeless Services for Glasgow City Council, addressed the April 7th meeting of Woodside Community Council. He confirmed that the residential home for the elderly currently in 25 Burnbank Gardens is being emptied of residents in preparation for its conversion to a homeless unit for up to 40 single men. The changeover is proposed for June 2014 and will be a temporary arrangement for two years until permanent new facilities are constructed in the north and south of the city.
Mr Steel confirmed that the proposed new residents would have a variety of backgrounds possibly including alcohol or substance abuse and offenders released from prison. The City is currently unable to meet its statutory requirements for housing homeless people and the temporary use of Burnbank House is necessary. The facility when adapted would be managed by an outside agency probably in this case the Salvation Army.
It was pointed out to Mr Steel that all of the properties adjacent to the proposed homeless unit house elderly and vulnerable people and that insufficient adaptations are proposed to ensure their security. It was also noted by the police officers present at the meeting that all local and similar homeless units had in the past caused an increase in neighbourhood petty crime. Your Community Council expressed dismay in general at these proposals and is to seek safeguards regarding security and has requested and been granted visits to other homeless units to view their management.
If you live in or near Burnbank Gardens and have a view on these proposals then please contact us with your opinion.
Local landlord Queens Cross Housing Association has been forced to shelve plans for the transfer of many homes in Woodside into its ownership.
According to director Frank McCabe residents in Burnbank were to have been balloted this year on the proposed change, with the remaining tenants in South Maryhill including Braid Square and surrounding area voting in 2006. Now it appears that European Union Law may prevent the former City Council properties presently owned by Glasgow Housing Association from changing hands without an open tender.
Lawyers from all sides including the Scottish Executive are urgently looking at the small print.
Although the transfer plans have been shelved, Mr. McCabe will meet with Glasgow Housing Association chiefs next month to continue as far as possible progress towards local housing control.
Without an ownership transfer control may be cosmetic, but in the meantime concerned Woodside tenants of both landlords should notice no change in management or rent, and can follow developments on the issue at the Queens Cross Housing Association website.