Last night Let’s Save Govanhill held their first public meeting in Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre and despite being invited along to provide a progress report on her promised interventions on our behalf, unfortunately we had to inform the 150 local residents attending that she was a no-show and there was no progress report from her.
Despite the disappointment for local residents due to First Minister for Scotland’s no-show, the public meeting was still a resounding success. Overwhelmed and so very grateful for the amazing turnout of local residents to support our campaign and demands, a decision had to be quickly taken when we were informed during the meeting that more than 100 people were standing in the foyer waiting to get in. The room was full to capacity so in order for all 150 local residents who had showed up to participate,we decided to run the event within two halls and delivered three sessions simultaneously.
We were able to provide a historical background to the campaign and provide detail of the lists of demands that we had taken to the First Minister for Scotland at the meeting we held with her on the 25th May 2015. At that meeting ,First Minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon had agreed to bring to the table with us the decision makers in Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Police Scotland who had the power and authority to implement our list of demands relating to crime, sanitation, poor housing conditions and accountability for public funding in Govanhill since 2012. Local residents at the meeting last night wanted to know why the First Minister for Scotland had not responded to the invite or provided a progress report as requested. We were unable to answer that question on Nicola’s behalf, perhaps at our next public meeting we will be in a better position to answer that question for her.