Firstly I would like to thank everyone for all the support on my recent shortlisting for councillor of the year.

This prestigious award covers the whole of Scotland’s 1,200 councillors and there are just four councillors up for this award, so thank you.

I would also like to say I was lucky to open the new Lidl store in Yoker last week, this is a great investment in our local community.

Our local environmental charity, the Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust, has rebranded as Glasgow Eco Trust as they continue their journey to help make communities across west Glasgow and beyond greener and more eco-friendly.

The trust, which is based in the Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, was originally set up in 2004 as part of work undertaken by Dumbarton Road Corridor Social Inclusion Partnership. A lot of things have changed since then, and the new name allows the organisation to refresh and ensure they are fit for purpose as they work to protect and enhance the local environment and increase the wellbeing and resilience of local people and communities.

The trust currently delivers a range of projects including the De’ils On Wheels community bike workshop, facilitating the Victoria Park Action Group and delivering Bikeability training to local primary schools.

They recently held their second School Run Summit which I have had the privilege of working with since the beginning with a range of partners to create a safer school run for schools across west Glasgow.

To help celebrate the rebranding they are keen to hear your #TopEcoTips - you can contact Glasgow Eco Trust on 0141 433 0427 or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And don’t forget to watch out for their new website at