In 2014 the Community Council was awarded £2400 of Glasgow City Council funding from the Langside Area Partnership to kick off the project.
GrowMoFlo is an environmental project aimed at building on the wonderful community spirit of Mount Florida, to make ours a cleaner, greener and even better place to live.
In partnership with Urban Roots, CARCAP, Mount Florida Primary School and Glasgow City Council, we held a launch event in September 2014. The event was an opportunity for folk to discuss ideas, concerns and aspirations in relation to the environment of Mount Florida. The event was attended by 50 people and resulted in two environmental priorities:
1. Letherby Triangle Re-modelling
A re-modelling of the Letherby triangle and surrounding road infrastructure is necessary for the following reasons:
- To help improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
- To help improve the safety of children and adults accessing Mount Florida Primary School.
- To provide a multi-functional civic space for Mount Florida. A place for meeting, markets, celebratory events, growing and leisure.
- To foster community spirit and enhance the physical identity of Mount Florida.
You can read more about how the Letherby project is progressing here: http://www.moflococo.org/current-projects-2/letherby-triangle-project/
2. Back Court Landscape improvements
Landscape improvements to the back court located between McLennan Street, Clincart Road, Florida Street and Florida Drive. A consultation event was held in March 2015 and resulted in the following wish list for the back quad:
- A place to play
- Growing fruit and vegetables
- Growing flowers and climbers
- A place to relax (benches, deck chairs)
- A place to socialise (trellis, gazebo, barbeque)
- A bright clean garden (currently overgrown and a dumping ground)
- Regular refuse clean up
- Feed the birds
- A treehouse/gang hut to play
- A well-kept lawn
A couple of other environmental projects are already under way:
Stanmore Social Community Garden located between Stanmore Road and Cumming Drive, which was launched on the 8th August 2014, and is a partnership project between Stanmore Social, Cathcart & District Housing Association and Urban Roots. for updates on this project, follow the Stanmore Social Facebook page.
Adoption of Mount Florida Train Station – Scot Rail have agreed to allow MoFloCoCo to beautify the station by installing raised flower beds and hanging baskets.
A community council in Glasgow’s southside has received a significant grant to plan a new civic space at the entrance to Hampden.
The Letherby Triangle project, led by Mount Florida Community Council, has been awarded £50,000 from Scottish Government via Sustrans’ Places for Everyone programme, to consult with local residents and develop a plan to transform a traffic island into a multi-use space, capable of hosting community events.
The Community Council, known as MoFloCoCo, has consulted with hundreds of local residents over the unused triangle to develop initial designs. This funding will allow MoFloCoCo to appoint specialists to develop the design for a civic space and improved road safety.
Chris Carus, Chair of MoFloCoCo Chair, said: “Thanks to Sustrans, local residents will be able to inform the plans for Letherby Triangle civic space. This area is sorely lacking space for our community to congregate and to spend time with one another. It has the potential to really improve Mount Florida and the wider southside with a valuable community resource, a city landmark and key civic space.
This transformation will also improve pedestrian safety, which is especially important as it is next to Mount Florida Primary School. It will make it easier for people to arrive at Hampden by walking or cycling, and it will create opportunities for community events. We hope everyone who lives in the area will get involved.
Dave Keane, Infrastructure Delivery Manager at Sustrans explained why the Letherby bid was awarded the funding: “This project is seeking to take an existing, underused greenspace which is cut off by the surrounding streets and put it to work for everyone in the local community. We look forward to seeing the proposals for a project seeking to create a place for everyone.”
- The triangle is situated near Hampden Park, directly in front of Mount Florida Primary School and between two main roads (Cathcart Road and Carmunnock Road). The space is presently largely inaccessible because it is surrounded on all three sides by busy roads and parking. In addition, it is over-grown with trees and has not been maintained for public access. Click here for a Google Street View of the triangle.
- You can read more about MoFloCoCo’s plans here: http://www.moflococo.org/current-projects-2/letherby-triangle-project/
- Details of Sustrans work in Scotland is available here: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/about-us/our-work-in-scotland/
A southside community project to create a new civic space, at the gateway to Hampden, has taken a big step forward thanks to securing two new pots of money.
The Letherby Triangle project, led by Mount Florida Community Council, has been awarded funds from the Big Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government, delivered through Sustrans’ Community Links programme.”Read
MoFloCoCo is delighted to publish the consultation report for the redevelopment of Letherby Triangle. This is the outcome of the process of consultation involving hundreds of local people, carried out earlier this year on our behalf by the consultancy erz.”Read