Make your views known

Springburn Parish Church junction.
Springburn Parish Church junction.

A NEW group could help bring investment, growth and more community focus to Springburn, it is hoped.

Local people have successfully petitioned to have a new community council set up in the area.

It is hosting its first meeting on Friday, January 23, from 7pm-9pm at Springburn Parish Church and is open to anyone over the age of 16.

The meeting has been organised with help from Lawrence O’Neill, community engagement officer with Glasgow City Council, after locals identified a need for the group.

He said: ‘‘We want as many people as possible who are interested in the area to come along and share their various ideas and views.’’

The new community council is fully supported by elected members, the local police and other agencies, who will regularly attend meetings to hear concerns and update on local issues.

Meetings generally last just two hours and will be held around seven times a year.

The community council also has a statutory role. It will be a consultee on planning applications and, for example, on applications for more licensed premises, which could concern local residents worried about overprovision.

Lawrence added: ‘‘This is your chance to be involved in your local community. It could bring in investment to the area showing locals support it and can take agencies and the council to task on issues.

‘‘People can just turn up on the night, we would be delighted to see a huge turn out, the more the merrier.’’

Springburn was formerly a huge part of Scotland’s industrial landscape, as the home to massive locomotive engineering works, though many of those industries and jobs have been lost.

As with many parts of the city it has been badly hit by the recession.

Latterly the area has been undergoing regeneration and it is hoped the formation of a community group working for the area will attract more positive investment.