UNISON members, staff, visitors and patients can breathe a short term sigh of relief today after Glasgow City Councillors agreed to extend the permit for car parking at the Ogilvie’s Site on Hardgate Road. The decision is however bitter sweet, because the extension is only for 12 months, rather than the three year period requested.
UNISON Branch Secretary Cathy Miller said, “I’m absolutely delighted that city councillors listened to the common sense argument put forward by Ogilvie’s and the thousands of members who supported the UNISON campaign. This result means that staff will still have a sensible and realistic option to travel to work by car at a time when the Board are failing to support them.”
Cathy also took time to thank Maz Murphy, UNISON member and local parking activist, she said, “As usual Maz has been brilliant in her efforts locally to encourage staff members to support our campaign on parking, she is so well respected and it’s a privilege to work with her on the issues that matter to our members.”
UNISON can confirm that the Planning Consultant employed by Ogilvie’s has been in touch with the union to advise that his clients will now consider their position and what they do in respect of future planning applications and consents. They have agreed to keep UNISON informed of their client’s decisions and are keen to work with the union and staff in the future if possible.