braehead community council

Network Rail – proposed changes to Millhall Level Crossing

At the May meeting of Braehead Community Council we met with the project team tasked with replacing the Millhall Road rail crossing. Upgrading the Millhall Road crossing is a priority for Network Rail due to the electrification of the line, expected by 2017. Electrification will mean more, faster and quieter trains using the line providing Network Rail with the opportunity to look at more suitable options for crossing the railway at this location.

The Community Council were told that Network Rail will embark on a community consultation in the coming months in order to identify the most practical and possible alternative to a level crossing. Network Rail want to ensure that what they replace the crossing with will provide all current users with a similar level of access – that means that cyclists, wheelchair users, prams, dogwalkers, joggers, walkers, families, pensioners, etc, etc should still be able to use the crossing. Although everything is on the table for Network rail to consider, the most likely option is a ramped bridge.

We have been given an assurance that Network Rail will keep the community updated at every step of the process and I’ll ensure that updates are posted on this website when we receive them.

The plan would be for the crossing to be replaced by the winter of 2017, but this could stretch to March 2019 (if not by then, funding for it will disappear).
The Community Council explained to Network Rail that we support in principle the replacement of the level crossing with a ramped bridge but that our key priorities that we will not compromise on are:

1. We will never support the complete closure of the crossing. Network Rail assured us that this is not being considered, but even if it was they would have to undertake a lengthy process to shut it completely meaning we would have time to organise resistance to this option.
2. That everybody who currently can use the crossing will be able to use the replacement crossing – meaning wheelchair users, the elderly, etc must be comfortable and supportive of the option that will be taken forward for planning permission.

Any comments or suggestions welcome at ckane@braehead.org.

Chris Kane

Chair, Braehead Community Council

UPDATE – Community Garden Now Open

Braehead Community Garden opens on Saturday 2nd May 2015!  Members can access the garden throughout the day as outlined in their membership guidelines.  If you you’re interested in touring the garden and finding out more about become a member then you can visit during our open events this week:

Sat 2nd May:  noon – 2pm

Sun 3rd May:  noon – 2pm

Mon 4th – Fri 8th May:  6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Community Garden open in April

Braehead Community Garden will open in April 2015 in a section of the green space between Broom Road and the railway line. There will be 100 raised beds for growing vegetables. There will also be, tool sheds, polytunnels, woodland walks and social areas. Throughout the year we’ll be organising events – from plant sales to growing lessons. The Community Garden will be a space were we can come together, get to know our neighbours and grow some vibrant, healthy and wholesome food for our tables.

There will be two types of membership available:

SOCIAL MEMBERSHIP (£12 per year) – giving you access to the garden and to all the events and training sessions.
GROWING MEMBERSHIP (£64 per year) – giving you your own raised bed for growing vegetables. All seeds and tools will be provided – you simply have to provide the time and attention!

There is no limit to the number of social memberships on offer, but growing memberships are limited to 100 and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. From MONDAY 2nd FEBRUARY at 11am we will be accepting applications for membership. At this time we are only accepting applications from people living in BRAEHEAD and BROOMRIDGE – please contact us if you are unsure if you qualify:

You can apply either by:

EMAIL: garden@braehead.org
POST: The Membership Secretary, 35 Annfield Drive, Braehead, FK7 7RE
IN PERSON: hand this completed form into the school office at Braehead Primary School.

Raised beds can only be allocated to INDIVIDUALS who will be able to bring in children / family guests who are not members. If you wish to share a bed with family or friends but not have to accompany them into the garden, your friends/family should apply separately for social memberships. Although children are VERY welcome in the garden, at this time we are unable to offer child memberships (due to the complexities of the laws regarding working with children), but we are working on this.

It’s been a number of years in the making, but we’re very much looking forward to getting growing by Easter!

Name:

Address:

Postcode:

Telephone Number:

Email Address:

I wish to apply for a social / growing membership* (*delete as appropriate)

(IF APPLYING BY EMAIL, THERE IS NO FORM NEEDED – JUST SEND AN EMAIL WITH THE ABOVE INFORMATION TO GARDEN@BRAEHEAD.ORG.  IF YOUR APPLICATION IS SUCCESSFUL, WE WILL CONTACT YOU IN THE COMING WEEKS.  PAYMENT OF MEMBERSHIP FEES WILL BECOME DUE IN MARCH)