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September 22 2016

£5.5m Govan townscape improvements plan moves forward
Glasgow City Council has given its backing to a £5.5m programme of townscape improvements in Govan, the second phase of a masterplan to breathe new life into the riverside community.

The five year plan will see repairs carried out to historic buildings such as the Pearce Institute as well as improving the condition of tenements and 45 roller shuttered shop fronts in the area.

Natural stone pavements will also be reinstated in select areas together with a set of cast iron gates marking the entrance to Elder Park.

A new strategy will be developed to bring vacant floor space back into use in tandem with this work with particular emphasis being placed on highlighting the area’s rich history through the use of new signage.

The Govan Townscape Heritage Initiative is also backed by Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund and comes on top of a series of investments in the district, most recently a decision by Elderpark Housing Association to convert the former Hill's Trust school to form a new HQ.

Martin Fairley, head of grants for HES, said: “We were pleased to award funding to this project, which aligns well with the economic and regeneration priorities of our CARS programme, and builds on other successes in the area including the Orkney Street Police Station, Pearce Institute and Fairfield Shipyard Offices.”
Refurbished shops and cafes have proved a hit
Refurbished shops and cafes have proved a hit
Roller shutters will be removed in a bid to spruce up the publci realm
Roller shutters will be removed in a bid to spruce up the publci realm

7 Comments

A Local Pleb
#1 Posted by A Local Pleb on 22 Sep 2016 at 12:57 PM
This is a great investment, with so much heritage in the vicinity regeneration sends out positive signals to those who live there.
Charlie_
#2 Posted by Charlie_ on 23 Sep 2016 at 07:32 AM
Hopefully the long mooted footbridge at the riverside isn't too far behind.
dave the docker
#3 Posted by dave the docker on 23 Sep 2016 at 10:58 AM
the perfect accompaniment to this would be a museum at the graving docks, just along the way, which is being promoted by some but ignored by the council. that could be a really interesting heritage trail....
Edward Harkins
#4 Posted by Edward Harkins on 23 Sep 2016 at 11:58 AM
Real and meaningful engagement with the business and residential communities is absolutely essential if this latest initiative is to succeed. Untold millions of £s of public money have been long expended on this locality without, arguably, the requisite economic or social returns. Given the history it's maybe hard to be optimistic about the engagement deficit being made good?
Terra
#5 Posted by Terra on 27 Sep 2016 at 23:05 PM
Good stuff!
tara
#6 Posted by tara on 7 Oct 2016 at 11:49 AM
Until you 'regenerate' the social mix in these areas it doesn't matter how much money you chuck at it. Glasgow needs jobs and better schools to ensure the people living there can actually have a future. Theres just no money in Glasgow and its residents are reliant on benefits and housing associations. They don't have the money to spend in cafes and other stuff. The jobs it does get are low quality and badly paid coupled with low aspirations and poor social mobility.
JohnD
#7 Posted by JohnD on 24 Nov 2016 at 13:34 PM
Glad to see another part of Glasgow coming back to life. Too many people left the city to godforsaken towns elsewhere.

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