Businesses close to Glasgow's main train station are being invited to help create an action plan to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Letters are being sent to around 500 businesses in Argyle Street, Hope Street, Renfield Lane and Union Street explaining a new joint approach to address the problem.

A series of meetings have already taken place following concerns raised by businesses.

Glasgow City Council and project partners, British Transport Police and Police Scotland, are drawing up an Action Plan in coordination with a range of agencies and support organisations.

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Councillor Allan Casey said: “Glasgow has a vibrant city centre which attracts a high number of people. Like many other cities, issues can arise and these can impact how people use and perceive the city centre.

“Our plan is to co-ordinate the relevant services to tackle unacceptable behaviour taking place around Central Station and the surrounding areas. We want to promote and encourage positive activities instead, such as events, for the benefit of local businesses, residents and visitors.

“We remain committed to working with our partners to target problematic areas and keep people safe. Having local businesses on board will help immensely.”

Businesses along Argyle Street, Hope Street, Renfield Lane and Union Street are being invited to help introduce a joined up approach to tackling anti-social activity.

Cllr Casey added: “It’s important that the businesses become involved in this initiative. We can’t do it alone. Their input is vital.”

The new plan comes after local businesses owners set up a group to highlight a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour.

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The Glasgow Action Group, led by James Mortimer, owner of Rogano, One Up and Club 29 in Royal Exchange Square, said that staff are being abused going to work, stepping over sleeping bodies and picking up dirty needles in Glasgow city centre.

They have raised fears that the problem is driving people out of the city centre and affecting trade in bars and restaurants.

Further information on the work undertaken by the council’s City Centre Regeneration is available here: