McAslan stages impromptu George Square rammy
January 28 2013
Speaking at an appropriately sodden Scott Monument McAslan voiced optimism that he may yet salvage something from the wreckage of the botched initiative, despite Matheson publicly ‘rubbishing’ the competition. He told Urban Realm: “I’m all for building bridges with people. I think Councilor Matheson is a smart guy and will recognise he’s made a mistake. As leader of a process you don’t just abandon it, I’m sure he’s big enough to recognise that."
Matheson didn’t brave the hostile crowds himself but McAslan is optimistic a meeting can be arranged soon, saying: “I did tell him I would be in Glasgow but he wasn’t available, but we’re going to fix up a meeting later this week. I’ll go back with some ideas and say this may be closer to what the people of Glasgow might like, do with it what you will. That will be the end of the process for us.”
McAslan has been vocal in his criticism of the council’s handling of the competition and the format of a week-long public consultation staged at the Lighthouse. He observed: “Four anonymous boards when there is nobody there to present is impossible, it’s very hard to read a plan. If you look at a plan of landscape you think, what is that? How do you read a tree in plan? It needs to be presented. The lack of dialogue was poor.”
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