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People's Postcode Lottery Supporting Loretto Care's Green Fingers Project in Maryhill

That the Parliament congratulates Loretto Care on being awarded £5,350 by the Postcode Local Trust for its "Green Fingers - Maryhill Garden" project; understands that the funding will be used to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and mental health issues through creativity and gardening; notes that the People’s Postcode Lottery has supported good causes with over £393 million of funding; welcomes the allocation of funding to support community gardening projects that help improve wellbeing and inclusion, and wishes all involved in the Green Fingers project all the best in meeting these aims.

Supported by: Maureen Watt, Mark McDonald, Jenny Gilruth

Community-led Cycle Village Proposal for Yorkhill and Kelvingrove

That the Parliament welcomes the submission of Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Community Council’s Cycle Village proposal to the Sustrans' Community Links Plus competition; understands that the proposal, which has been developed in partnership with Glasgow City Council, is Scotland's first community-led bid; notes that the project seeks to promote active travel by providing key segregated cycle routes that will provide links between popular cultural and shopping venues and also link three national cycle routes, the NCN 754 (Kelvingrove Park), the NCN 755(Clydeside) and the NCN 756 (West City Way); acknowledges that that the project team has been consulting with residents, business, and organisations since June 2018; understands that the plans enjoy a high-level of support in the community and among elected representatives; wishes the community council success in developing this plan, which it hopes will improve active travel provision in Glasgow, and hopes that this will inspire other community groups across Scotland in developing community travel.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Jenny Gilruth, Maureen Watt, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin

Business Award Success for Cassiopeia and Petscetera

That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow Kelvin businesses, Cassiopeia and Petscetera, on receiving awards at this the 2019 Glasgow Business Awards; notes that Cassiopeia, which celebrates 15 years of opening on Hyndland Road, specialises in locally-sourced art, gifts, crafts, jewellery and home design products, was awarded the Best Specialised Retailer in Glasgow, while Petscetera pet shop, which is now in its 30th year of opening, won the Best Petcare Business award and specialises in providing premium quality foods, treats and accessories for dogs, cats and small rodents; understands that both businesses are managed and operated by women who believe in a supportive and flexible working environment; considers that their hardworking ethos has contributed to their flourishing business achievements, and wishes them continued success.

Supported by: David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Rona Mackay, Richard Lyle, Clare Adamson, Stewart Stevenson, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Tom Arthur, Fulton MacGregor

Glasgow, Top City

That the Parliament notes the recent poll by Time Out magazine where Glasgow came out as number one in the world for friendliness and affordability; understands the city ranked number 8 in the top 48 cities worldwide according to the poll, which consulted 34,000 city dwellers; notes that the city was praised for its food, music and clubbing scene as well as its wit and gregariousness, and welcomes this ranking and the positive comments, which it considers all contribute to the success of the city.

Supported by: Fulton MacGregor, Richard Lyle, James Dornan, Colin Beattie, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, John Mason, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Annie Wells, Angela Constance, David Torrance, Gail Ross, Jenny Gilruth, Rona Mackay, Clare Adamson, Stewart Stevenson, Gillian Martin, Tom Arthur

Glasgow Kelvin Group's National Lottery Community Fund Success

That the Parliament congratulates five groups based in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency that have secured a total of £45,485 from the Awards for All Scotland National Lottery Community Fund; understands that the Bangladesh Association Glasgow received £10,000, which it will use to hold a two-day language festival to celebrate International Mother Language Day, Gaydio Community Interest Company received £9,900 to deliver its radio skills training course to LGBT+ people, Triple Tap Tech received  £8,800 to fund its first year’s rent, materials and equipment for demonstrations, The Children's Wood received £9,785 to deliver a calendar of outdoor activities for local children and parents in partnership with two local nurseries, and Finding Your Feet received £7,000 to pilot a peer-support service to help provide emotional and practical support to people affected by amputations or limb difference; welcomes the support offered through the National Lottery Community Fund to local organisations, and wishes all five of the projects continued success.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, James Dornan, Richard Lyle, Emma Harper, Fulton MacGregor, Colin Beattie, Rona Mackay, David Torrance, Annie Wells, Stuart McMillan, Clare Adamson, Miles Briggs, Ruth Maguire, Angus MacDonald, Alasdair Allan, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Gil Paterson, Alexander Burnett, Stewart Stevenson, Tom Arthur

Israeli Government Withdraws Hebron Task Force

That the Parliament notes with concern the decision by the Israeli Government to withdraw the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), which is the observatory task force that has been monitoring the divided West Bank city of Hebron for more than 20 years; understands that the TIPH assumed its duties in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 904, which was submitted to guarantee the safety and protection of Palestinian civilians in the occupied territories; believes that correspondence from the Hebron Municipality indicates that the withdrawal of the TIPH has resulted in an increase in the frequency of violations and harassment of Palestinian civilians living in the H2 area of the city, and calls on the Israeli Government to reverse this decision and to resume the mandate for the TIPH to provide safety and protection for the Palestinian population.

Supported by: John Finnie, Pauline McNeill, Shona Robison, Fulton MacGregor, Stuart McMillan, James Dornan, Alison Johnstone, Claudia Beamish, David Torrance, Clare Adamson, Ruth Maguire

Glasgow’s El Perro Negro Crowned Top Dog in Burger Cook-off

That the Parliament understands that the popular Glasgow burger bar, El Perro Negro, was named the best burger in the UK at the National Burger Awards 2019; understands that the Top Dog burger was created in a cook-off using ingredients provided onsite by event sponsors, which included the Scottish firm, Brewdog; notes that the National Burger Awards 2019 Grand Final was held in London at the Islington Metal Works; congratulates El Perro Negro on its award, and wishes the whole team at the popular Finnieston eatery continued success.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Joan McAlpine, Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Jenny Gilruth, Stewart Stevenson, Annie Wells, David Torrance, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur

Lavender Blue Award Winners

That the Parliament congratulates Lavender Blue Glasgow Ltd on regaining its Scottish Wedding Awards title of Glasgow Wedding Florist of the Year, an award that it first won in 2014 and again in 2016 and 2017, as well as winning the title for 2018 Scottish Wedding Florist of the Year; notes that its first award for 2019 was at the Glasgow Retail Business Awards for the title, Florist of the Year for Glasgow; understands that the business opened in 2010 on Hyndland Street, Partick in Glasgow and has, despite turbulent economic conditions, managed to sustain its business through an emphasis on customer care, hard work and substituting all plastic wrapping for more sustainable products; commends the owner and staff at Lavender Blue Glasgow Ltd, and wishes them continued success for the future.

Supported by: Maureen Watt, Stuart McMillan, Annie Wells, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, Edward Mountain, Stewart Stevenson, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Tom Arthur, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Ruth Maguire, David Torrance, Alexander Burnett, Fulton MacGregor

Glasgow Girl Amal Azzudin, Honoured with the World Changing Alumni Award

That the Parliament congratulates Amal Azzudin, who has been presented with the World Changing Alumni Award by the University of Glasgow; notes that this honour is presented each year by the university to recognise and celebrate the achievements of a graduate over the last 15 years who has made a major contribution to the community, arts, science or business; believes that Amal has been deservedly recognised for her commitment to, and campaigning for, human rights and social justice; notes that this started when, as a teenager, she was one of the seven "Glasgow Girls", the group of school friends from Drumchapel High School that campaigned and stood up against dawn raids against, and the detention and deportation of, asylum seekers in Glasgow; acknowledges that the girls' story has since been shown as a documentary, stage musical and television drama; notes that Amal is the Equality and Human Rights Officer for the Mental Health Foundation in Scotland; understands that she primarily manages its refugee programme, including the Sawti project; notes that, as well as this, she is also an ambassador for the Scottish Refugee Council; recognises the incredible impact that it believes Amal has had in championing equality and human rights, and wishes her continued success.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Colin Beattie, Ruth Maguire, Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Shona Robison, Richard Lyle, Rona Mackay, David Torrance, Patrick Harvie, Fulton MacGregor, Gail Ross, Jenny Gilruth, Monica Lennon, Clare Adamson, Angela Constance, Stewart Stevenson, Tom Arthur, Gillian Martin

Fopp Byres Road Saved

That the Parliament welcomes the news that, due to what it sees as the outcry from local people and musicians, the Fopp Byres Road branch will remain open; understands that the new owners were overwhelmed by the support given to the store by their loyal customers and overturned their decision to close the store; congratulates everyone involved in the campaign to save the store, and wishes the staff continued success.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Willie Coffey, Ruth Maguire, Richard Lyle, Annie Wells, Jenny Gilruth, David Torrance, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Adamson, Maureen Watt

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