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By Bob Doris MSP

I was able to speak in the debate on Social Prescribing in Parliament this week (18 Feb 2020). Social Prescribing is where GPs, and other health professionals, can prescribe activities such as walking or taking up sport to help a patients illness. The Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced a working group to look at how to expend these services.

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By Bob Doris MSP

I have been contacted by a number of constituents regarding the Period Poverty Bill, and I wanted to give an update.

I am committed to the principles underpinning the Period Poverty Bill and had previously updated interested constituents that I would need to await the committee’s Stage One report to the Scottish Parliament. I stated that the clear priority for all is to support those on low incomes who may not be able to access products themselves. This goal is shared by many across Parliament.

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By Bob Doris MSP

96% of new parents benefiting from Baby Boxes

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This page will have my latest updates on the the proposed development at Blackhill Road in Summerston.

If you would like to be kept updated on this issue, please fill out your details at and I will keep you informed by email


Update 11 November 2020

Fields At Blackhill Road Should Remain Green Belt

I want to make you aware of recommendations made by council officials to the Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm City Policy Committee at Glasgow City Council. These  relate to the proposed Blackhill Road housing development and echo much of the representations I have been making to the Council for some time.

Essentially they recommend that the land adjacent to Blackhill Road should remain designated as green belt. It also agrees my longstanding position that north Glasgow has sufficient non-green belt land for housing development and that there remains significant issues relating to traffic, transport and local amenities.

The recommendations come from a feasibility study which was carried out. If the committee adopts this report, the City Plan will confirm the green belt designation.

I should stress the planning application is still live and it will still be considered in due course. However any green belt status (if confirmed by the committe on 17 November) will be a material consideration when a decision is reached by local councillors.

I will keep you updated.

You can read the documentation at 

Best wishes, Bob.


Update 9 June 2020 


As you will know, the deadline for submitting comments on the planning application for housing development in Summerston closed earlier this year. I remain strongly opposed to this development. You can read my comments here

I wanted to update you on where the council is with the application, as initially the target date for a decision was 6 May. As part of the consideration of this proposal, a feasibility study needs to be carried out by Glasgow City Council. This covers a range of issues, including transport and infrastructure. I have been informed by the council that they continue to work on this, and it is expected to be due by the Council summer recess. This will then go out to consultation with the relevant partners who feed into it over the summer.

I will, of course, advise you when I hear more about this.

This means the time period for consideration of the planning application has been extended. I currently understand that the planning committee will meet to discuss this after the council recess, and this is likely to be in September, where a decision will be made.

You can see full details of the proposals, as well as any updates at

If you have any concerns, please do continue to let me know. I will update you as soon as I hear any more developments.


Update 8 June 2020


I was recently approached by agents of the applicant (Caledonian Properties) wishing to make a donation to local groups. Any donation welcome but in the interest of transparency here is my reply reiterating my objection to the plans.

summerston letter

Update 13 March 2020


I have put in a detailed objection to the plans for 500 new houses on the edge of Blackhill Road, Summerston.  I would like to thank everyone who contacted me, and the many of you who submmited your own comments to the council.

If you wish to read my submission, you can download a copy of this here


Update 8 January 2020


I have had a number of constituents contact me regarding the proposed development on Blackhill Road in Summerston. I have now received a further update on behalf of the developer who propose to build 500 new houses. You can read more in the letter below.

The developer has now applied for Planning Permission in Principle. Although this does not include the detailed plans at this stage, you can see more about this on the Glasgow City Council Website at…/….

This also includes a proposed Transport Strategy. If you have any comments on the proposed development, you can make these online at the above weblink. Click on the “Comments” tab to raise any concerns or support.

I know concerns have been raised, particularly regarding transport and access, and I will continue to represent these views.

In addition, I remain concerned as feasibility study from Glasgow City Council remains incomplete and I will be contacting the council for more information.

Please get in touch if you have any concerns.



Here is a quick guide to emergency food provision locally over the festive period.  

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By Bob Doris MSP

As many constituents will know there was yet another water outage in parts of north Glasgow yesterday. Concerns have been raised that these may be becoming more frequent. I have therefore been in correspondence with Scottish Water.

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