THE Glasgow which Susan Aitken refers to in the Glasgow Times (November 3) is not the Glasgow I have known for 80 years.

She quotes “A vibrant international city” – aye, sure Susan, with empty shops, drug addicts, homeless in doorways, beggars on every corner and litter everywhere. “International city”,

I think not!

It was the people who cared for and ran Glasgow who improved it many years ago when its motto was “Let Glasgow Flourish”.

Its motto today however seems to be “what’s in it for me”.


East Kilbride

I WAS reading the piece written by Susan Aitken about improvements to Glasgow City Centre. Avenues, bicycle lanes, wider pavements and other expensive ideas.

There was no mention of real improvements in Drumchapel, Castlemilk, Easterhouse, and other housing schemes where people were dumped 60 years ago.

No avenues, nice shopping streets, decent parks. As Billy Connolly said years ago – deserts with windows.

They used to have reasonably priced public transport, a lot of the people staying in these places cannot afford a night out in town.

For two people to go into town from anywhere outside the immediate city centre, it costs £5 return for each of them before you pay the extortionate prices for cinemas, theatres and some of the clubs.

Councils over the years have ignored these areas, it seems they do not matter.

William Allan

East Kilbride

THE UK’s terror threat level has been moved from substantial to severe following the recent attacks in France and Vienna.

However, any adult can walk into a shop and buy explosives in the shape of fireworks. Doh!

Donnie Gillies

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IN response to the article in Wednesday’s Glasgow Times by Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken, maybe the council leader and the innovators of these Avenues would come and see just how bad these really are.

There’s danger to pedestrians from a two-lane cycle lane, no separation from pedestrians (visually impaired, the physically challenged members of this community).

And then there is the congestion due to illegal parking, impeding of emergency services, littering.

I ask them to come up especially on a Friday/Saturday, early evening through to 3-4am, obviously when the city is open again.

Travel east on Sauchiehall Street and you come to the derelict properties left behind after the last Art School fire, the ever increasing number of empty shop units, large and small, but the Avenues projects are for the businesses – pity there’s not much business left for all the people they are going to bring to the city and its economy.

H Mckean


MY thinking is it’s an incentive, play your part, get the infection/death rate down and you get to go back to the football (Scottish Government grants permission for 300 fans to return to SPFL grounds, Wednesday).

Not the worst idea to be fair, finally getting people on side rather than alienating them.

Andrew Black

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I’M not quite sure what planet this government is on.

First Nicola Sturgeon wants to criminalise people who travel to another area. Not another country or part of the UK – no, just a few miles away, and we would think “okay if it gets the virus figures down after 50 Covid-related deaths that’s fine”. But no, she wants to allow 300 people to go to a football match!

Has she forgotten that it was a Spanish side playing football in Liverpool which caused the cases to shoot through the roof and now Liverpool still hasn’t got it under control because of the lack of track and trace throughout the UK? It beggars belief quite frankly.

Colin Watson

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I’M pleased to see parents following the guidelines and wearing their masks in school grounds. Hopefully this will help reduce the chance of infection.

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