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November 15 2013

Merchant City gap site to be turned into public park
An application has been filed for the transformation of a Merchant City gap site into a new public park; including pathways, planting, seating and lighting, by Glasgow City Council land and environmental services.

Bounded by London Road, St Andrews Lane, Moir Street and Gallowgate the site has lain derelict since 2011 when a fire prompted the demolition of the remnants of a former tenement block.

Plans had been tabled for a residential led redevelopment of the site but nothing ever came of it, prompting  the Council to step in as part of efforts to spruce up the city’s image ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games.

GCC are giving the city a facelift ahead of next year's sporting spectacular
GCC are giving the city a facelift ahead of next year's sporting spectacular
The sunken plot will be partially infilled
The sunken plot will be partially infilled

8 Comments

Belinda Price
#1 Posted by Belinda Price on 17 Nov 2013 at 19:39 PM
Is about time. Let's hope the local 'wildlife' stay away.
Ian Nairn Jr
#2 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 19 Nov 2013 at 09:07 AM
Indeed. A sign saying 'Nae skateboarders or jakeys' should keep it clear for the young urban professionals pictured.
Flint
#3 Posted by Flint on 19 Nov 2013 at 11:19 AM
You couldn't make it up........
WR
#4 Posted by WR on 19 Nov 2013 at 15:15 PM
Odd that GCC don't seem to own any of it. Is it their intention to CPO as there are a lot of owners (not all trading Companies or in one case traceable). Given the timescales GCC are under it's payday for the owners of otherwise dud assets. Wonder who the lucky shareholders are?
HAZELKAYE
#5 Posted by HAZELKAYE on 20 Nov 2013 at 14:29 PM
The bottom centre to right of the top image shows the route of a long-awaited transport boost for the area - CROSSRAIL!
Stephen
#6 Posted by Stephen on 20 Nov 2013 at 17:58 PM
Quite like this but agree with #4, would be interested to know what the prospects for it getting done really are given ownership issues. Perhaps an opportunity for a bit of investigative journalism from UR...
Brian Chaplin
#7 Posted by Brian Chaplin on 20 Nov 2013 at 18:17 PM
Thanks for letting me know, good to see a park. We're local residents
Brian Chaplin
#8 Posted by Brian Chaplin on 27 Nov 2013 at 14:32 PM
Mind, agree entirely with Hazelkaye about Crossrail, why the delay with this excellent initiative

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