Scottish government urges poultry farmers to strengthen farm biosecurity

The Poultry Site, an international industry resource, reports that the Scottish government has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza caused by the highly pathogenic subtype of the H5N1 virus. The bird mortality was registered in the Levan region of the eastern Fife district – on a farm where about 14 thousand pheasants and other game species were raised and subsequently released into the wild. All livestock in the epizootic focus were killed in a humane way. In a protection zone with a radius of three kilometers and a surveillance zone in a 10-kilometer radius around the contaminated site, preventive measures are being taken. There are bans on the movement of eggs, live individuals and poultry meat, the removal of used bedding and droppings from poultry farms. The health service estimates the risk of human exposure to avian influenza A (H5N1) as very low. The outbreak in Levan was the second in the past few months. The previous outbreak of avian influenza, where a virus of another subtype (H5N8) was detected, arose in mid-December 2020 on the island of Sunday in the Orkney archipelago (northeast of Scotland). Scotland’s chief veterinarian, Sheila Voas, has called on farmers, poultry owners and poultry breeders to strengthen biosecurity, noting its vital importance in the current situation. At the slightest sign of a threat to livestock, you should immediately contact the veterinarian, she reminded, and all the necessary practical can be obtained from the offices of the Agency for the Protection of Animal and Plant Health. Scottish poultry farmers are required to follow the rules set out in the order, which entered into force on December 14, 2020: to prevent poultry from contacting wild fauna and to ensure the high biosecurity of farms. Scotland’s Environment and Rural Development Minister Ben Macpherson said the poultry regulation is in line with all UK and EU regulations when an epidemic is threatened. Scots are asked to be vigilant and urgently inform the veterinary service when carcasses of dead birds are found, in no case touching them.

Agatha Christie’s house for sale in Oxfordshire

The vast area covers about two hectares and descends to the Thames

What happened? The house on the banks of the Thames, where the famous writer Agatha Christie lived, appeared on the market for $ 3.8 million, according to Mansion Global. According to a press release from the real estate agency Savills, the detective novelist lived at Winterbrook’s home in Oxfordshire for over 40 years, from 1934 until her death in 1976.

Quote. According to Stephen Christie-Miller, head of sales for Savills Henley, the five-bedroom home offers an opportunity for someone to own a slice of literary history. Christie “wrote several of her bestsellers in this house, and Winterbrook himself is considered a model for Daynemead – the home of Miss Marple in the village of St. Mary Mead.”

Context. The sellers of the house, Gregor Kleinknecht and Karen Holterman, had owned it for 20 years and did not know who it belonged to before entering. The couple bought the house in 2002 for $ 1.7 million.

House. The three-storey mansion has retained many old elements that give it its specific character and charm. It has high ceilings and large sash windows. In addition to five bedrooms, the building has a study, a library and a living room, as well as a kitchen with a pantry and a breakfast room. The master bedroom has a dressing room and a shower room overlooking the garden. There is also a one-bedroom guest cottage adjacent to the main house.

Design team selected for the modernization of Glasgow’s main square

A design contract worth almost DKK 2.3 million is awarded. £ for improvements to Glasgow’s George Square and the surrounding area.

Glasgow City Council has recommended that John McAslan & Partners be awarded the design contract for the George Square Area Project, also known as ‘Block C’ in the £ 115m Avenues Center Program. The work is funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

The tender attracted 91 expressions of interest and 17 submissions, with a shortlist of seven teams going to a final consideration of the criteria of quality and price before John McAslan & Partners was selected with a score of 92.39%. There will now be a period of 10 days before the design contract for the project is awarded.

The project concentrates on the development of a new design for George Square, Glasgow’s most important civic and cultural space. The George Square Area Strategy project will also include George Street and St Vincent Street / Place Avenues as well as John Street, Dundas Street, Dundas Lane and a new pedestrian link from Queen Street Station to Argyle Street that passes through the square, Hanover Street and Miller Street.

The contract award of £ 2,293 million Means the appointment of a consultant and an interdisciplinary team to provide fully staged design services in accordance with RIBA Steps 0-4 (Technical Design Preparation). The team also provides ongoing design and technical support in RIBA steps 5-7, covering the construction period.

Construction is set to begin shortly after the UCI Cycling World Championships in the summer of 2023.

The design strategy will also take into account the results of the public consultation in 2019 on the future of the site. The project will also look at developing a link between George Square and Queen Street Station with adequate public transport, active travel facilities and infrastructure. The scope of work for the project will be determined as the design process progresses, with details to be developed through further analysis and public involvement with stakeholder groups.

Scottish startup to develop large electric SUV

Glasgow-based ATAE to launch Munro Mark 1 SUV with full frame construction and permanent four-wheel drive

Scottish startup ATAE (All Terrain All Electric) from Glasgow is developing a large electric SUV called the Munro Mark 1, which is due to prototype in 2021.

The ATAE Munro Mark 1, which will be based on a classic ladder frame, will receive permanent all-wheel drive, differential locks and a dual-band transfer case.

The SUV will be almost entirely built from existing third-party components. For example, the body and chassis will be provided by Ibex Automotive. The car will be driven by an electric motor developing 215 hp. and 350 Nm of torque.

It will be powered by a 52 kWh battery pack, which will allow it to travel about 240 kilometers without recharging under normal conditions. With the help of a special fast system, the reserve of batteries from 0 to 80% can be replenished in half an hour.

The first running prototype will be prepared towards the end of this year, after which the model will undergo lengthy road tests. The first SUVs are expected to be delivered to customers in 2022. The Scots note that the design of the model provides for various modifications, including a three-axle version with six wheels.

Glasgow’s notorious Bellgrove Hotel on Gallowgate to close after sale to city council

Glasgow City Council have bought the notorious Bellgrove Hotel, a private hostel in the east end of the city.

In October of last year, we reported on the hotel having been put up for sale as a ‘development opportunity’.

The homeless hostel on the Gallowgate was previously likened to a ‘Soviet gulag’, prompting intervention from local politicians after shocking scenes of deprivation were uncovered.

A 2014 Daily Record investigation found occupants were being housed in tiny rooms looking out onto a rat-infested courtyard.

In 2016, MSP John Mason raised a motion signed by 21 members from across the political divide calling for better regulation of the hostel “as a matter of urgency”.

And the council have today announced they have bought the hotel for the site to be developed as part of the ongoing work of the Gallowgate Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA).

Over 50 vulnerable men are to be offered new Glasgow Housing Association homes in a partnership enabled Lowther Homes, a subsidiary of Wheatley Group

New homes have already been built at the eastern end of the area, as part of the Gallowgate Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) project.

The B-listed Bellgrove Hotel was originally built in the 1930s to provide accommodation for working men. In more recent years it became a hostel.

Announcing the move, the council say: “The acquisition was funded by Glasgow City Council (partly with funding from TMDF – Transfer of the Management of Development Funding – which the council manages on behalf of the Scottish Government, and Transforming Communities: Glasgow (TC:G). Transforming Communities: Glasgow – a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association (a part of Wheatley Group) and the Scottish Government – is delivering community and housing-led regeneration at eight locations across the city.

“Staff from Wheatley Care – a Wheatley Group subsidiary – will work with Glasgow‘s Health and Social Care Partnership to help the residents move on from the hostel into modern homes with tailored care and support in place for those who need it. Alternative accommodation with care will be offered to those who need it.

“The site will then form part of the next phase of regeneration of the Gallowgate, driven by TC:G and by local people through a delivery group, with Lowther developing plans for mid-market rent homes as part of that.”

Patrick Flynn, Director of City Development at Glasgow City Council, commented: “The acquisition of the Bellgrove Hotel by the council and our Transforming Communities: Glasgow partners will both allow the regeneration of the Gallowgate and pave the way for the hostel’s residents to move to their own homes and receive the support they need. This is a major step forward in the transformation of an East End neighbourhood, and we can look forward to the local community continuing to play a key role of the development of the area in which they live.”

Bernadette Hewitt, GHA Chair and TC:G Board Member, said: “All of the residents at Bellgrove will be offered the chance of a GHA home or alternative accommodation to meet their needs with support in place to help them settle. At GHA and across Wheatley, we share the vision that everyone should be able, with support, to lead independent lives in their own home and this is very much part of that.

“Wheatley Care will now provide care and support to the residents while helping them move into a new home that fully meets their needs. We’ll work closely with the residents, Glasgow’s Health and Social Care Partnership, and other partners.

“GHA has already built over 200 fantastic new homes in Gallowgate and demolished the old Whitevale and Bluevale multi-storey blocks. The Bellgrove unlocks the potential for us not only to improve the lives of the people currently living in the hostel but also to continue the transformation of the community with a further phase of new affordable housing for local people.”

Pat Togher, Assistant Chief Officer, Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership, added: “We do not use the Bellgrove Hotel as a means of accommodating people who are homeless, however we welcome the opportunity to work closely with residents of the hotel and the Wheatley Group in seeking more permanent accommodation and providing the necessary support for those experiencing complex needs. Glasgow HSCP is familiar with decommissioning arrangements such as the one proposed and will deploy our skilled and experienced workforce ensuring that existing residents transition to more suitable, settled and where necessary supported accommodation ahead of the closure. This is an excellent opportunity to improve the lives of those residing in the Bellgrove and we look forward to working with everyone involved.”

Wheatley Group is working with the Scottish Government, local authority partners and other agencies in a bid to help tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. The Group has already provided 200 homes to Housing First, the multi-agency partnership set up with the aim of giving homeless people a tenancy and support to rebuild their lives.