Commonwealth Games tower block demolition called off
April 14 2014synchronise the demolition of five disused tower blocks on the Red Road estate as the centrepiece of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games opening ceremony has been defused after organisers called off the plan.
Citing ‘safety and security’ concerns around the timing of the event Glasgow 2014 conducted a sharp U-turn having announced the bid just 10 days ago, after representations were made by Police Scotland’s security director for the event.
Games chief executive David Grevemberg said: "We made it clear from the outset the absolute priority was safety and that this event would only happen during the opening ceremony if it was safe to do so.
"Over the past few days it has become clear that opinions have been expressed which change the safety and security context.”
Police Scotland detective chief constable Steve Allen, security director for the Games, said: "It became clear that the plan generated a range of strong opinions which changed the safety and security context.
"I asked the chairman of the board to reconsider its decision in order to take account of the resources and scale of the operation that would now be required, and one which would be out of proportion to the friendly atmosphere sought by the board for the Commonwealth Games."
The demolitions will now be rescheduled for a less contentious moment.
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