Finnieston’s Argyle Street to get ‘smart’ litter bins and new pavements in revamp

By Ian Marland at

It’s one of the top eating and drinking destinations in the city.

But the state of the pavements on Finnieston’s main street has left a lot to be desired in recent years.

Now the worst offending areas of crumbled footway on Argyle Street are to be resurfaced.

And the street is also going to be one of the first parts of the city to trial new smart-litter bins.

Enhance: The works will improve the look, cleanliness and safety of Argyle Street.

Enhance: The works will improve the look, cleanliness and safety of Argyle Street.

Sensors inside the bins will alert council cleaners when the containers are filling up and need to be emptied.

Lee Grant is secretary of Yorkhill & Kelvingrove Commuity Council that has been demanding the upgrade.

Lee said: “Over the last 12 months we have been in discussions with Glasgow City Council and our local Councillor, Philip Braat, to address the poor pavement surface along Argyle Street.

“We are delighted to announce that rather than a patching job, stretches of Argyle Street will be resurfaced in black tarmac with a white chipped stone.”

The stretches of street to be improved are, on the south side, from Minerva Street to Haugh Road (but not that part already resurfaced from Velvet Moon to Sainsbury’s Local).

On the north side, the sections to be resurfaced will be from Kent Road to Gray Street.

The resurfacing works will begin with the southern side on Monday March 13.

Lee Grant, Yorkhill & Kelvingrove Community Council –

“Over the last 12 months we have been in discussions with Glasgow City Council and our local Councillor, Philip Braat, to address the poor pavement surface along Argyle Street.

“We are delighted to announce that rather than a patching job, stretches of Argyle Street will be resurfaced in black tarmac with a white chipped stone.”

As part of the resurfacing program, tactile paving for the visually impaired will be provided at crossing points and dropped kerbs.

Additionally, street furniture (including redundant poles) will be rationalised and tired public litter bins replaced.

The community council is already working with local businesses and the City Council to introduce larger volume, public litter bins.

Lee added: “As part of this program our community will become the first to trial ‘smart bin’ technology, where designated high usage bins will be chipped to send a signal to the depot when they require emptying.

“It is hoped this will ease some of our cleansing issues.

“We are also working towards a second tree for Argyle Street.”

The city council’s Labour administration has announced it is spending an additional £6m on street cleansing.

Ward councillor Philip Braat, Labour, said he was delighted that the works were going ahead after a lot of hard work.

He said talks had been ongoing for over a year and there was no connection with the upgrade happening now and the elections in May.

“There is no connection at all between this work and the elections or the recent budget.

“The money was there already but we just had to do a lot of work to get to this point.”

He added: “I think it is great that the city council is working hand in hand with the local business community and the community council.

“The Argyle Street area has been up and coming in recent years, and anything we can do to enhance its appearance, cleanliness and safety will be a welcome boost.”

The work comes ahead of local government elections in May when Labour is expected to be pushed heavily in the polls by the SNP.