Byres Road Traders’ Association



A new Traders’ Association is set to be established for Byres Road over the coming months, following an initiative from Ann Laird, Convener of Friends of Glasgow West, and Michael Dale, Director of the West End Festival.  More than 20 traders, including many independent retailers, attended a meeting at Hillhead Library on Thursday 24 May, and gave their clear support to the venture.

Ann Laird described three challenges facing Byres Road: the loss of the BBC, already moved to Pacific Quay; the Western Infirmary site being taken over in 2015 by Glasgow University; and a huge new superstore coming to the riverfront at Thornwood. Friends of Glasgow West is keen that Byres Road – a longstanding city favourite of local residents and visitors alike – is fully prepared to retain its character and vitality in the face of such major long-term changes. Many other shopping centres such as Buchanan Street, the Merchant City, Shawlands and Clarkston already have an association to represent the views of Traders.  This is vital in formulating a regeneration “Action Plan” in partnership with the local authority – during which process everyone’s views are considered, including individual residents, local community councils, a full range of businesses, the University, Glasgow Botanic Gardens and so on.

Michael Dale presented the case for a Traders’ Association for Byres Road. Several traders echoed his view, and contributed their own positive ideas on this move – while cautioning that the street’s unique character should be enhanced and not made into a carbon copy of anywhere else. When asked to volunteer for a steering group, six traders volunteered to lay the foundations of the new Byres Road Traders Association.

Local politicians are keen to support this initiative: representatives of Sandra White MSP and Ann McKechin MP were present, as were Councillor Pauline McKeever and Councillor Martha Wardrop.