Summer street food festivities
A new curated pop-up market will be coming to Glasgow at the end of June to help you make the most of the warm summer months. Pop-up street food stalls and boutiques have become a big trend over the last few years, and Hypermarket, which will be held at the Galvanizers Yard from 30th June to 2nd July, aims to create a complete curated market experience.
Expect street art and graffiti workshops, tasty food, drinks, and plenty of artists and designers showing off their work. The event is being organised by SWG3 and Trakke Bags, and as well as cocktails and craft beer, they promise it will be particularly family-friendly on the Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Empty homes project makes huge savings
Housing charity Shelter Scotland is supporting a project to revive empty homes across Glasgow, and so far, £1 million in VAT savings has been unlocked for renovating properties that have been empty for more than two years.
The Glasgow Shared Services Empty Homes Project is a partnership between the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP), Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Housing Association. Since launching in August 2015 more than 200 long-term private empty properties have been brought back into use. An empty homes officer works with housing associations in Glasgow to buy these empty properties and renovate them.
Adam Lang, head of communications and policy at Shelter Scotland, said that the savings “testifies to the value of having a dedicated empty homes officer” and that “renovating empty properties is a cost-effective way of increasing the supply of affordable housing at a time when demand continues to outstrip supply.”
Energy help for Argyll homes
Argyll and Bute Council has been awarded a Scottish Government grant to give householders assistance in making their homes more energy efficient.
The local council were awarded a grant of £1,669,978 by the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland to help residents make energy efficiency improvements to their properties such as external and internal wall insulation, underfloor insulation, cavity wall insulation and loft insulation. The programme is available to owner occupiers and private rented householders living in council tax bands A to C, and band D if your income is less than £20,000.
The scheme contributes towards the Scottish Government target of alleviating fuel poverty; reducing greenhouse gas emission by 42% by 2020 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. It also contributes towards the Local Housing Strategy’s aim to improve the overall quality and condition of housing.