Patricia Ferguson MSP

New home for Possilpark Citizens Advice

Possilpark Citizens Advice Bureau has re-located to Possilpark Library, across the road from its previous premises on Saracen Street.  The new service is available Tuesday & Thursday (10am – 5pm); Wednesday (1pm to 8pm) and every alternate Saturday (10am to 1pm).

 

You can call into the library for an appointment of phone 0141 948 0204.

Patricia Ferguson MSP

Spirit of the Community Awards

Patricia Ferguson is encouraging local community projects to bid for funding under the recently launched Clydesdale Bank Spirit of the Community Awards.

 

The Maryhill and Springburn MSP wants to make sure that local organisations are in with a chance to secure some of the £75,000 available to projects that make a real difference in their local area.

 

The Spirit of the Community Awards will recognise and support community projects which are going the extra mile. Registered charities and not for profit organisations are invited to enter their projects into the awards scheme under one of three categories: projects which help people to have a healthy relationship with money, projects which help people to improve their local environment and projects which help people into employment.

 

The awards are open to a range of initiatives across the third sector which can demonstrate support for the local community. This could include projects helping to upskill people for the workplace, ventures promoting healthy relationships with money, or schemes aiming to protect the environment.

 

Five projects will be selected in each of the three categories and all 15 winners will be awarded £5,000 each.

 

The closing date for applications is Friday 8th April 2016 and further information can be found here

Patricia Ferguson MSP

Scotrail confirm revised timetables during Queen Street closure

Glasgow Queen Street Tunnel will close for 20 weeks on March 20 this year for necessary works as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme.

The railway will still be open for business and Scotrail have introduced a new train plan during the closure period.  Journeys will take longer and trains may leave or depart from a different place than normal.

Scotrail have produced a dedicated section of their website where you can access a variety of materials – from the new timetables to posters and flyers.

 

You can access the site here.  Specific timetable information, including on the Maryhill/Anniesland line is available here.   

Patricia Ferguson MSP

Update on flooding on Balmore Road and Sandbank Street

Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson has been working hard along with local Councillor Martin Rhodes to ensure action is taken to resolve flooding issues at Sandbank Street and Balmore Road.

 

Commenting on the current situation the Labour MSP said:

 

“In recent months there have been a number of occasions when flooding on Sandbank St has caused problems for commuters driving and walking into and out of Summerston.

“The problem has been exacerbated by the on-going problems on Balmore Road where flooding has been happening for some time.

“A planned scheme to resolve the drainage problems on Balmore Road has been programmed over a twelve week period of time and will require some road closures and lane restrictions over this time.

“On completion of the work at Balmore Road the work to improve the drainage system at Sandbank St will begin. This will be carried out over a five day period and traffic management will include a reduction to one lane controlled by traffic lights and a road closure to enable a connection to the Scottish Water sewerage system.

“The work is being phased in this way to ensure that there is ore than one access and egress route to, and from, Summerston throughout the duration of the work.

“Thanks to Cllr Martin Rhodes for all his efforts to make sure the work at Sandbank St went ahead.”

Patricia Ferguson MSP

#whysportmatters

Why_Sport_Matters.jpgMaryhill & Springburn MSP Patricia Ferguson recently met representatives of the Scottish Sports Association to support their #whysportmatters campaign.

 

The campaign promotes wider messaging on the positive impact of sport across various areas, including health & mental health, education, employment, economy, older adults & social care, personal skills & society overall. 

 

Patricia Ferguson said:

 

“I am pleased to support the #whysportmatters campaign as I know sport can make a real difference to people’s lives and opportunities. 

 

“Building awareness of sport’s substantial positive impact on both individuals and Scotland’s population as a whole is essential and this campaign will play an important part in that.”

 

Get more information on #whysportmatters