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A message from Alison Thewliss (Councillor - SNP).

A message from Alison Thewliss (Councillor - SNP).  - Click for larger version I’ve now been your Councillor for two years, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know people from the Calton, as well as the other areas in my ward.

I’ve now been your Councillor for two years, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know people from the Calton, as well as the other areas in my ward. It’s been a steep learning curve, but I hope that you think I’m serving the area well. I’m always happy to hear from you, and will take all feedback on board!

I tend to walk in the area rather than drive and in doing so I notice all the wee things that need fixed – graffiti, pot holes, rubbish and fly tipping. I report these to the relevant Council department so that they get fixed as quickly as possible.

One of the things I think has been most noticeable is the improved lighting in the Millroad Drive – Chalmers Street area. I asked officials what they could do to improve the dim lighting, and they came up with brighter bulbs. It was a simple solution, but the difference was instant! I certainly see the difference walking back from my surgeries or other community meetings, and I hope that this has been helpful. I’ve been trying to get the lighting in the rest of the area improved too, but this is proving more of a battle!

Over the past two years, I have supported groups like PEEK, Friends of the Weavers and Friends of Glasgow Green. I’m glad to see the Calton Area Association moving forward after the sad loss of Betty McAllister, who gave so much of her time to the area. It’s been a difficult time, but I can see the enthusiasm and commitment of those involved. I’m really looking forward to the open day on the 6th of June.

I was very proud to support the parents and friends of St James’ Primary School in their opposition to the closure of the school. I was devastated that the Labour majority on the Council rejected our counter proposal which would have brought Queen Mary Street nursery and other services into the school. I feel this is a real missed opportunity, but I will continue to fight for better services for the Calton.

When St James’ closes at the end of June, I will find myself with a new problem – where to hold my surgeries. I’m considering a couple of different locations, but if you have any ideas, please let me know.

I very much enjoy my job as a Councillor; no two days are the same! I have met so many wonderful, welcoming people, and feel very grateful to representing you.

If I can help with anything please get in touch, by phone, email, letter, or visit me at one of my surgeries. You can also follow what I’ve been up to on my blog: www.bellgrovebelle.blogspot.com


Council Phone Number: 0141 287 5272

Mobile Number: 07825 451 152

Email: alison.thewliss@councillors.glasgow.gov.uk