Latest news and views from Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust...
September 2012

Vision

DRCET has a vision of vibrant, thriving and resilient communities where people are inspired and empowered to get active, get involved and make a difference for their communities, future generations and the planet!

Mission

DRCET exists to protect and enhance the local environment and to increase the wellbeing and resilience of local people and communities

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Friend Focus!

Our focus this month is on Heart of Scotstoun, read more here...
- Sat 15 Sep - Glasgow Blasda
- Sat 15 Sep - Victoria Park 125th
- Sat 15 / Sun 16 Sep - Doors Open Day
- Sat 22 Sep - World Car Free Day
- Tue 16 Oct - Victoria Park consultation deadline

Donate

You can support the work we do by donating money to us. You can donate up to £10 by text - all you need to do is text DRCT01 £5 (or £1, £2, £3, £4 or £10) to 70070. Thank you for your support.

Join us!

DRCET is a membership organisation. You can join us by completing our online membership form. Membership costs £1!

Legal Status

Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust is a recognised Scottish Charity (Charity No SC035954) and a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland (Company No SC273114). Registered office as shown below.

Funders

DRCET gratefully acknowledges the support of all our funders.

Welcome!

Welcome to our September newsletter! The summer has been and gone, the kids are all back at school and harvest time will soon be upon us!

Our projects and services...

AGM: Many thanks to everyone that attended our recent AGM at Yoker Community Campus. We were able to feedback on all the work that we have been involved in over the past year and there was lots of discussion about issues effecting local people including waste and recycling, traffic and transport and the amount of red tape for voluntary organisations! You can download our annual report and accounts from our website, where we have also added all our previous annual reports and accounts too!

Traffic and transport on Dumbarton Road: one of the hot topics at the AGM was the issue of traffic along the Dumbarton Road including noise, pollution, the number of HGVs, the lack of crossings and the speed of some of the traffic. We will be contacting other interested parties in the area to arrange a meeting to discuss this further and to see what needs to be done about this issue. If you have any particular issues you want to flag up or want to get involved then please get in touch - getinvolved@dumbartonroad.com

Placemaking events - dates for your diary: we will be holding two Placemaking training events (Wed 24 Oct at Peterson Park Hall and Thu 25 Oct at The Whiteinch Centre) as part of our review of the original Yoker, Scotstoun and Whiteinch Environmental Vision. Placemaking is an approach to revitalising, planning, designing and managing places and it is based on the premise that successful places are characterised by lively, secure and distinctive public spaces that function for the people who use them. More info soon!

Carbon Footprint: as an organisation that is concerned with the protection and enhancement of the environment understanding our own environmental impact is extremely important. We have, for the first time, calculated our carbon footprint - which is 2.6 tonnes of CO2e! You can find out more, including how we calculated this, by reading our environmental impact report.

Blasda: Blasda is Scotland’s local food feast. Blasda is gaelic for tasty, delicious, appetising, sweet. From blas (“taste, flavour”). As in “That vindaloo’s blasda!” There are lots of events taking place across Scotland including one here in Glasgow on Saturday 15 September at The Briggait. The event will include an afternoon of free workshops, information stalls and a photographic exhibition. In the evening there will be a local food feast (already sold out!) and a ceilidh from 8pm - tickets for the ceilidh cost £3 and are available on the door!

North Clyde Recycling Centre and Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill: updates about both of these projects will be posted on our blog soon so keep an eye out for them!

Photos - check out the photos from the recent Jordan Street Park clean up, how the raised beds in Northinch Street are doing and some snaps from all the goings-on at the Kingsway Court Gala Day!

Other news...

Doors Open Day: you can visit some great places during Glasgow Doors Open Day including the Victoria Park Birthday Tour, the Clyde Tunnel Control Room, Lambhill Stables, Partick Curling Clubhouse, and the Fossil Grove!

Victoria Park 125th Celebrations: this event, organised by Whiteinch Community Council and partners,  will take place on Sat 15 Sep - they are still looking for volunteers to help out. 

Environmental problems and wellbeing: The Carnegie Trust UK have published a new report called Pride in Place - tackling environmental incivilitie which highlights that local environmental problems – or incivilities – such as vandalism, graffiti & litter really matter to people and can have a serious and long-lasting impact on wellbeing and quality of life for individuals and communities. 

Victoria Park Development and Management Plan: Glasgow City Council are currently consulting on this plan. They are keen to gather the views and opinions of the public and stakeholders on future park development and management. Deadline for responses is 16 Oct 12.

Boiler Scrappage Scheme: the Scottish Government has re-opened it's boiler scrappage scheme - you can get up to £400 back if you upgrade your boiler!

Home Insulation schemes: Glasgow City Council's home insultation scheme has been extended city wide and British Gas have extended their free insulation scheme to anyone, not just British Gas customers.

Recycling: you can help to cut Scotland's waste by signing this WWF Scotland campaign and here are a few tips to reduce your plastic use!

Electoral Registration: make sure you don't miss out on voting in any elections - make sure you are registered to vote

Useful websites...
1) Our Great Ideas - new site from Scottish Government to encourage communities to share the great stuff they are doing
2) Allotment Growing - a great site packed full of tips and useful advice about growing your own food
3) Ellen MacArthur Foundation - website promoting the transition to a circular economy, including a great wee video!
We have added all the useful website links to our blog!

And finally...
Is the planet getting hotter? Watch this and then decide...

We hope you have enjoyed this issue of our newsletter. Please feel free to forward to friends and colleagues. We would also love to hear any suggestions and feedback that you may have.

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