Community initiative fights to maintain North Kelvin Meadow as wild space for children
Frankie Boyle among high-profile backers of community initiative
THE Children's Wood, a community initiative in the North Kelvin area of Glasgow, has submitted a planning application to Glasgow City Council asking it to keep a contested piece of land, North Kelvin Meadow and The Children's Wood, as a community resource.
The planning application, based on the concept of keeping the land as a community green space, may be considered by the council alongside that of property developer New City Vision's resubmission of plans for building 90 homes on the land.
Campaign launched against demolition of Earthy shop and cafe in Edinburgh
An online petition has gathered 2,500 signatures against the demolition of the popular shop and cafe
THERE will be partying and protest against the demolition of 1-6 Canonmills Bridge in Edinburgh this weekend.
Local residents are aiming to raise the profile of their campaign to save the building that currently houses the Earthy shop and cafe, a popular social hub in the area.
The plan to demolish the single storey building will go before Edinburgh City Council on either 27 July or 12 August and campaigners aim to keep up the pressure until then.
Shaun Milne: How art in the south side of Glasgow became a ray of hope for the dwindling concept of community
Writer Shaun Milne says he and many others of his generation don't recognise the concept of 'community' in the way his parents did, and argues that everyone has a responsibility to make sure it doesn't slip away for good in the modern corporate landscape
COMMUNITY. The word brings forth a procession of images: neighbours, shops, religious houses, high streets, town centres, bonds of friendship, parks, gatherings, galas - the list goes on.
Labour Hame: The democratic deficit in Scottish education
By journalist and parent at St Joseph's primary in Milngavie Andrew McFadyen
THE Labour Party should give three cheers for parents at St Joseph's Primary school in Milngavie.
The Parent Council's audacious plan to make St Joseph's the first community-led school in Scotland featured offers Jim Murphy a chance to do something bold and radical that could benefit children for generations to come.
What began as a campaign to save a popular local school from closure has created a much-needed debate about the democratisation of Scottish education.
The Herald: Save the Concert Hall steps... I don't want a birdshit-stained glass atrium
The Common Weal's Katie Gallogly-Swan writes for The Herald on plans to scrap Glasgow's famous Royal Concert Hall steps at the top of Buchanan Street.
MY DAD loves the little details of old Glasgow.
Walking with me through the West End - which in many respects is another city for a man who spent his youth in the dance halls of Coatbridge and his adulthood in a printing factory on the South Side - he delights in explaining the history and imagined nostalgia for the place.
Bella Caledonia: A Little Bit More Conversation
By Alan Mackie
SO FAR we at Common Weal Fife have had three meetings, and three well attended meetings. We should be pleased - the fact that people are coming to Kirkcaldy from all over Fife to meet on cold (and sometimes wet) weekday evenings is something to acknowledge.
From what I'm seeing and hearing from across Scotland, we're not the only group with lots of people showing up regularly. Attendance at various political meetings and events across the country seems to be a fact of life for a great many of us now.
Sarah Beattie-Smith: How Common Weal Edinburgh North & Leith set up the first Common cafe
Sarah Beattie-Smith of Common Weal Edinburgh North & Leith explains how the local group became the first to open a Common Cafe which has proved highly popular thanks to a busy programme of talks, events and social get togethers.
Dearest Scotland: letters for Scotland's future seek funding
Group plans to publish book of people's stories of Scotland
THEY say the future is unwritten, but Scotland's future has been written hundreds of times over as part of an engagement project called Dearest Scotland.
Organisers Sarah Drummond and Cat Cochrane toured events over the last year encouraging people to write a letter expressing their hopes and relationship for and with Scotland.
Participatory budgeting a growing phenomenon in Edinburgh community planning
Community grants are increasingly organised through participatory budgeting in Edinburgh, as several areas in the capital city are embracing the form of democracy which was first tried in Leith in 2011.
Local government community planning in Edinburgh is run through 12 Neighbourhood Partnerships (NP) in Edinburgh, and since 2011 the Leith Neighbourhood Partnership has decided how to spend its community grants budget through popular assemblies involving the democratic participation of local citizens, called 'PSeith Decides'.