Support Sauchiehall Street Businesses and Residents
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We call on Glasgow City Council and The Scottish Government to support businesses and residents affected by the Victoria’s Nightclub fire and Glasgow School of Art fire.
We demand that the following is done immediately to help us recover and get back to our normal lives;
- Residents and Businesses, still locked out, are given supervised access to their properties to recover essential items or give a clear and acceptable reason as to why they cannot.
- An Emergency Fund is set up to alleviate the mounting pressure to businesses inside and outside the cordons.
- We further call on Glasgow City Council to implement Blanket Rates Relief on all businesses, backdated to the original fire in March, without the need for businesses to complete a bureaucratic application process.
We do not believe that these demands are unreasonable. No business should need to close as a result of the fires and no resident should be without their essential belongings.
Parts of Sauchiehall Street and surrounding streets have been left a disaster zone since two separate fires caused devastation.
The Victoria's nightclub fire in March meant that some businesses disappeared overnight, whilst the cordon put up around the damaged building, meant that footfall drastically declined to businesses still managing to open their doors.
The Glasgow School of Art fire in June caused similar troubles for traders at the opposite side of Sauchiehall Street, but on top of this, residents were locked out of their homes because the remaining parts of the school was too unstable and could collapse onto their property or onto the surrounding businesses.
The aftermath of the fire has been bad communication between Glasgow City Council and those affected, little support for residents who had found themselves displaced, a slow response in terms of supporting businesses and, what seems like, no sympathy or common sense from political leaders.
Residents and business owners are worried about their property, their future in the street and frustrated with the lack of understanding and action, however, as it becomes apparent that little progress will come without making some noise, we will share our stories as far as possible until our lives go back to some normality.
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