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January 16 2013

George Square survey results revealed
As a judging panel prepares to deliver its verdict on six-shortlisted George Square designs Urban Realm publishes the findings of its own poll which aimed to elicit precisely what Glaswegians expect and demand of their primary civic space.

The open ideas survey generated a welter of responses with 189 of you taking time to respond with your own hopes, fears and observations. 

Responses were varied but the results clear, with 87% of you disagreeing with the proposition that events should be a priority for the Square. Opinion was much more evenly matched though when presented with the stronger question:  ‘Do you think there should be any events in George Square?’ Here a slim majority (57%) were against.

An unambiguous 85% expressed the view that trees and other green space should be a priority whilst 70% are opposed to any removal of statues, a quarter were ambivalent and just 5% would support such a move.

Urban Realm editor John Glenday said: “George Square has been described as Glasgow’s living room and you tamper with that at your peril, particularly within such a tight timeframe.

“We only need to look north to Aberdeen to see the sort of shambles which such large-scale square design competitions can descend into. Indeed even closer to home Glasgow City Council have a poor track record from Glasgow Bridge to Café in the Square - both of which were prematurely aborted.”

We've reproduced a selection of comments received in our George Square feature.
Respondents were against events being the main focus of the Square, but open to their continuation in some form
Respondents were against events being the main focus of the Square, but open to their continuation in some form
Unsurprisingly, green space is a priority for most but there is also significant opposition to the relocation of existing statues
Unsurprisingly, green space is a priority for most but there is also significant opposition to the relocation of existing statues

2 Comments

Anne Clark
#1 Posted by Anne Clark on 17 Jan 2013 at 07:56 AM
Undue haste. Wait until after games. Put temp features in the square for the games then all hands on deck to produce a square that Glaswegians can be proud of. We do not appreciate unrealistic designs.
Flinto
#2 Posted by Flinto on 17 Jan 2013 at 13:27 PM
Agree with Anne Clark above. If temp features are installed before and during the games, it may give a chance to see what works and what doesn't. And next time perhaps more consultation with the people who use it ?!

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