Hillhead is one of the 23 wards of Glasgow City Council. Situated to the west of the city centre, it currently covers the areas of Hillhead, Woodside, Woodlands, Kelvinbridge and North Kelvinside. It also includes Kelvingrove Park, the University of Glasgow, and is served by the Glasgow Subway stations of St. George’s Cross, Kelvinbridge, and Hillhead.
Police Scotland issued a warning on 12th March to elderly shoppers visiting local charity shops. There have been several recent instances of elderly female shoppers having their handbags opened and purses stolen without them realizing while visiting charity shops in Byres Road and Dumbarton Road. No description of the person responsible is as yet available.
To avoid being a victim of this crime female Woodside residents are advised to keep their handbag to front or side closed with the purse not at the top. The Police also recommend awareness of people around you, and attaching a purse bell, samples of which have been given to all local charity shops for free distribution.
Despite the cold and wet weather Woodside Community Council and our partners, Glasgow City Council, the Findlay Church, Queens Cross Housing Association and many local parents and children were all present at our Christmas Lights Switch On at 4.30 pm on Thursday 7th December 2017 at St Georges Cross.
Music was provided by the Salvation Army Brass Band and carols were sung by pupils from Oakgrove Primary School. The fabulous tree lights were switched on after a short address by Hillhead Councillor Ken Andrew and welcome hot refreshments were provided afterwards in the main hall of Findlay Church in nearby Clarendon Place.
As many residents and workers know our Woodside Library has seen the usable public area reduced by up to 60% as a result of storm damage to the beautiful ornate dome installed in the original construction of 1905. Your Community Council has pressed continuously for repair works to be authorized and at last the project has been approved.
At a meeting of the City Administration Committee on 16th November the replacement of the dome was approved as part of the £10 million Community Asset budget for 2017 – 2018. In total £815,000 is to be spent on our building to re-instate it to what it was as the fabulous original Carnegie Library of 1905.
There are some approvals such as listed building consent to be obtained but it is hoped that the project will commence early next year and be completed in time for an exhibition of the finished work at Doors Open Day in September 2018.
Your Community Council currently has a number of vacancies and new members are needed to bring the numbers back up to our full complement of fifteen. Applications are invited now from residents of Woodside aged sixteen or over. You can check our street list here to see if you live in the catchment area of Woodside Community Council.
Meetings are monthly usually on the first Monday of each month and members serve for a fixed four year term with the current term ending at the AGM in October 2018. If you are interested in protecting our local environment and improving the quality of life for people who live or work in Woodside then download the application form here and submit it to the address in the form before 12 noon on Friday 15 September 2017.
Just a quick update. Below you can see the letter we included with the Christmas cards that were included in the Santa Sacks. It has some acknowledgements in it that you might like to see.
Woodside Community Council
Many thanks for continued support by Woodside Community Council members for their time and effort to make this year such a success! Also thanks to:
North West Area Partnership
Queens Cross Housing Association
Glasgow West Housing Association
John Crockett, Store Manager, Tesco Metro. Gt Western Road
Special Thanks to:
Paul Shevlane, Wintersgills
For funding a generous raffle, in addition, to his continued support of the
100 Santa Sacks Appeal
Paul is a valued associate member of Woodside Community Council
Finally, if I have missed any contributor’s please do accept my apologies. The response from our student community has been tremendous, coupled with the above organisations greatly appreciated funding support. Many thanks.
Founder, 100 Santa Sacks Appeal & Co-Chair, Woodside Community Council