Glasgow is the Dear Green Place. We all have a responsibility to look after it, so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of Glasgow's many parks, our rivers and open spaces. An SNP led council will ensure the continuation and implementation of the Scottish Government's world-leading targets and excellent record to preserve our great city for future generations.
- Work to improve recycling rates in Glasgow
- Continue to take action on dog fouling
- Re-introduce park wardens
- Develop renewable energy schemes within Glasgow
- Take steps to ensure Glasgow is ready for future harsh winters
Sustainability and the Environment Spokesperson Cllr Kenny McLean
Waste and recycling
We believe that people are entitled to live in a clean and pleasant environment. We will carry out an early review of the Council's refuse collection, waste disposal and street cleaning operation to strengthen and improve the service in-house.
As well as reviewing bulk uplift arrangements, we will work with other agencies to maximise enforcement action against fly-tippers. Increased awareness of the many ways in which waste can be disposed of properly will be promoted. There will be a zero tolerance policy towards those who are caught dumping rubbish illegally. The waste stream generated by the Council itself will be minimised.
Glasgow has been working to improve recycling rates in the city with our support. We will work to bring Glasgow in line with the Scottish average of 44 per cent. Urgent action is needed to increase the city's recycling rate. We will build on the current administration's proposals to prioritise this area.
Parks & open spaces
With over 90 parks and formal gardens, Glasgow really is the dear green place. Glaswegians are passionately attached to their local green spaces. The people of Glasgow are the true owners of our parks and gardens and we will welcome their views on how they are managed and protected.
We will work to restore park wardens, initially as a pilot, to improve the maintenance and safety of public parks. We will combine traffic and litter warden functions to provide more comprehensive coverage across Glasgow.
Action against dog fouling will continue to be a priority.
We are sympathetic to proposals to allow parts of parks to become managed wild areas, to encourage biodiversity in flora and fauna. In addition to the Stalled Space Initiative, we will promote wild-seeding of unused and derelict land in the city to help maintain and restore ecological balance. There is evidence from England that this can help reduce anti-social behaviour, as well as support biodiversity.
We will increase the number of allotments that are available, building on the Council's allotment strategy.
We will look at providing a campsite within the city boundaries.
Green energy city
Glasgow is already playing a major role in the renewables revolution and is well placed to continue to do so, taking advantage of Scotland's international reputation as a world leader.
Scottish Government support has helped to bring new green expertise, jobs and technology to our city. We will work in partnership with the Scottish Government and our universities to develop this further, providing skilled jobs for more Glaswegians and providing a strong and sustainable future for Glasgow's construction industry.
Working with partners, we will promote the potential for a Glasgow City Energy Company, to develop a programme of PV/solar/wind installations on Housing Association/GHA properties. These could reduce electricity costs and may also provide a revenue stream to the Council.
We will review and capitalise on the potential of Council buildings to generate renewable energy. This could include school roofs or playing fields, public buildings and council facilities, such as offices and depots.
We will also actively consider the potential for a renewable generating resource in the River Clyde, using the city's natural resources for the benefit of the city and allowing Glasgow's green potential to flourish.
We will work to extend wind generation and consider biomass and other related renewable energy sources, maintaining a broad base of renewable capacity.
We will deliver the Scottish Government 2020 carbon dioxide emissions targets for Glasgow, and aim to exceed them.
Recent hard winters have reinforced the importance of being prepared. Most people recognise that the Council cannot take full responsibility for gritting every pavement and every street. We need to work together as a community to build our resilience.
To support this we will develop stronger local plans to enable co-ordinated community involvement in actions to clear the streets of snow and ice and strengthen existing networks of local activists to co-ordinate activity.