Well, here we are at the start of 2019. May I take this time to wish each and every one of you a better, happier year than previous years.

As the council returns to work, we in the city government know that with Tory austerity still hitting those in most need, that times ahead are going to be tough.

However, be assured that we will endeavour to represent you, and all residents of the Drumchapel/Anniesland ward, to the best of our ability as we move through the year.

Let us not kid ourselves, however. We know that things are not going to be all sweetness and roses, with the equal pay settlement in Glasgow going to create a severe pressure on the city’s finances. But programmes such as road and pavement repairs, cleansing and street lighting will still be a priority, to ensure that we keep our area clean and safe.

I have been approached by some people asking if Drumchapel’s swimming baths are to be closed as part of the council budget process. All that I can honestly tell you is that at this moment I have no idea.

Closing the facility is one of more than 30 proposals from Glasgow Life to save money. That does not mean, however, that it is certain to close; nor are any of the others on that list.

All of them are just a range of options that are still being looked at. I have, however, made my point of view known to the city treasurer: my opinion is that this facility is a much needed asset to Drumchapel, and that all avenues must be explored to do our best to keep it safe.

On other matters, I have asked the owners of the shopping centre for a meeting to give an update on their plans and I will let you know where we are once I have met with them.