GOW Newsletter Jan 2005
Author(s): John Roberts
Copyright holder(s): John Roberts
Gibson Street, Otago Street,
Westbank Quadrant, Glasgow G12
Kylie's extra show.
When I walked past Westbank Quadrant on Wednesday the 1st December, my heart took a leap into my mouth.
Was this great structure being built on the road, the stage for "Kylie's" extra night?
The structure took up the entire road and was level with the second floor flats. What a tremendous view we would get from our windows of Kylies pert little bottom wiggling its stuff.
Even if you had to sit in the park, you were going to get a great seat to watch the Diva do here stuff.
Sadly, as I walked down the quadrant and saw the chunky builders putting up the scaffolding I realised that this great temple was being built to repair the damage done by a weedy tree sapling, which had taken root into the side of the road and caused chaos
How much material does it take to replace some puny we coping stones I wonder?
So I wandered onward, head bowed low, only with my images of what might have been.
By John Roberts
May we take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone in the GOW for giving such a great helping hand. Have a very merry Christmas and a super dooper New Year. But!! Don't just dump your Christmas rubbish in the yard or at the side of the street!!!!!!!!!!
The Gow Committee
When is a Green bin not a Green bin?
Answer, - When its a Blue bin.
At last after a long delay four blue recycling bins have arrived between numbers 5 and 7 Westbank Quadrant. The council tried to deliver them earlier in the week, but because the road was closed they failed to do so, however, not deterred by this they returned and we can now all start our re cycling. It has taken a great deal of effort and time to get this scheme under way, so please make use of it now, if you haven't already done so. Just remember a bin is not just for Christmas, but for life. Remember they are NOT to be used for glass, but can accept plastic bottles, paper & cans. So let's start off the New Year with a resolution to re cycle when we can.
We are desperately looking for someone within the "GOW" area who has web site skills to produce a community web site specially for the Gow. As a voluntary organisation naturally there is no financial remuneration available, but this would give someone the opportunity to advance their skills in this area. If you have both the time and skills to help us with this please contact one of the names on the enclosed list.
And the walls came tumbling down!!
As planned on Sunday the 5th of December, a hardy bunch of committed "GOW" volunteers arrived prompt at 11.00am to start the demolition of the great wall.
This was a historic day, as the wall surrounding one of the bin areas had been standing for many a long year (but was in danger of falling down). However by now it had become a danger to the public, and had to come down.
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A muscled team attacked the great structure with hammers and pickaxe, and soon there was little left but rubble. Men and women shovelled loads of bricks into their knackered barrows. Then it was a hefty hike round to Otago St to dump the waist into pre-booked skips.
Once this was done the area was cleared and swept perfectly clean as smooth as a baby's bottom.
So don't dump rubbish back in it!!!!
Then it was time for a well earned rest and a B.BQ. Morven stood ready, not sure whether to extinguish the fire, or just gulp down her glass of red nectar. Sandra on the other hand, had organised a fablulous buffet of delights and was determined not to see them turn into cinders.
Unlike Morven who was engrossed in a copy of the city councils health and safety manual, sub title "Fire"!
In the mean time, Ian was diligently priming that "GREAT Railing" !! ready for all you enthusiasts to come along in the Spring and get it painted, as the weather in not good enough at this time of year. But I know you are all just dying to give a helping hand. Who knows, by the next news letter we might be offering a prize for those who paint the longest section.
We must also thank Nan for organising the team of knockers who demolished the wall.
The next clean up of the back court will be on Sunday 6th of February. However the next meeting will be in "Off Shore Cafe" on Monday 10th of January at 6.30pm.
Do's and Don'ts for your Household Rubbish?
Current facilities: There are four rather dilapidated bin-shed areas in the backcourts. It is generally agreed that the design of these areas is very unsatisfactory but it is important that we maintain the existing system until a major improvement scheme can be put in place. It is important therefore that rubbish is put into the bins in the bin-sheds in the Backcourts.
Please Help: As many of you will know we have been given 12 green "wheelie" bins, which are sited between No.5 and No.7 Westbank Quadrant. These are intedned to contain rubbish from passers by or from those unable to get to the binsheds. IT IS VITAL THAT ALL RUBBISH GOES INTO BINS and is not left in bags lying beside the bins as it will then attract rats, other scavengers and even more rubbish.
• Put refuse into the bins in the binsheds in the backcourts
• Put refuse bags into the green wheelie bins and close the lids
• Help keep the areas tidy
• Use charity shops as a place to take clothes, furniture or other items no longer required
• Raise the alarm if you see any strangers raking through the bins
• Leave bags beside the bins
• Leave bags in the street
• Leave bags in the close or landing
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