I BEGAN this month by visiting the Kingsway Community Connections Sports Day.

What a great day it was. I am happy to report that my team won the Tug of War against my colleague Cllr Chris Cunningham’s! The Kingsway Community Connections groups are all open and have their coffee mornings every Tuesday from 10am until 1pm. If you are in the area pop along. Tea and coffee is provided.

This year we commemorate the 76th anniversary of the use of atomic weapons over Japan. As co-president of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Disarmament, I was privileged to speak at events organised by the Peace and Justice Centre Scotland and Scottish CND.

It is always great to engage with these organisations, who strive for the abolition of all nuclear weapons but just as importantly to eliminate these weapons of mass destruction from Scotland.

Along with MPs Carol Monaghan and Chris Stephens, and other elected members, I am still in communication with Glasgow Life regarding the ongoing closure of community assets across the city. Another meeting with Glasgow Life has been arranged to try to alleviate this situation. I will keep you informed.

The hot weather we all enjoyed left us in dramatic fashion, with torrential rain causing major disruption within the constituency. We witnessed flooding issues in Scotstoun, Drumchapel, Blairdardie, Knightswood and Yoker. Thankfully in most areas the water dispersed, but some areas remained flooded for many days and caused damage to both property and vehicles.

On Friday, August 6, a new walk-through Covid19 testing centre opened at the Glasgow BMX Centre at Knightswood Park, adding to the centres at Drumchapel Community Centre and the Scotstoun Sports Complex.

Lateral flow test kits are available for pick up without an appointment at any local walk-in or drive-through tests sites and pharmacies. Tests can also still be ordered online for home delivery, so we can all assist in keeping others safe.

Scottish Water contractors are completing repairs at Kinfauns Drive and are hoping to have the road partly open by mid-September, and fully reinstated by November.

Finally, and still on Kinfauns Drive, the Argo Boxing Club which is currently based at St. Mark’s Church needs to find alternative premises due to health and safety concerns. If anyone can offer alternative premises, please contact Argo Boxing Club via Facebook.