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They are removing public space and replacing it with an entrance to a shopping centre. How could you possibly view that as an improvement? Why should private development (partly funded with public money) take precedence over public realm?

Even without considering how dodgy that is, a glass cylinder does nothing to improve what's there. The current facade, while hardly exciting, has good quality stone and curvature, it bookends the street in a respectable manner.
 

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I think a compromise would have been build the atrium in the horse shoe shape of the of the entrance keeping the stairs up to it . The vantage point from the top of the stairs down Buchanan st has become one of the iconic images of Glasgow . More effort should have been to encorporate the entrance into the new design that design is just lazy .
 

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I'm for the galleries development, but I do agree that the steps should be kept if at all possible.

While on public realm. When is George square going to get its overhaul? I guess once winter has been and gone? Anyone read/heard anything?
Some of the faded bits have been given a top up. However the whole thing now looks patchy. They seem to have the memory of a fish when it comes to public events; 'The tent left holes in the tarmac..who would have thought?' Given that the overhaul was supposed to be in sync with the Queen Street overhaul which has now been pushed back to 2019 who knows. Perhaps they might get round to it before the sun becomes a gas giant.
 

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I cannot wait to see it two months after opening. Covered in bird shite and the top of Buchanan Street dead when it shopping centre closes.

It's a bag of wank what's going on. Council should be protecting public spaces and not cheerleading private developments and giving them even more land.
 

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What a "brilliant" idea. Even my sarcasm can't save this ugly project



Presenting New Buchanan Galleries. Nurse: Doctor, there is a Glasgow mayor in the waiting room with a glass eye named Gordon.

Doctor: What does he call his other eye?
 

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Some of the faded bits have been given a top up. However the whole thing now looks patchy. They seem to have the memory of a fish when it comes to public events; 'The tent left holes in the tarmac..who would have thought?' Given that the overhaul was supposed to be in sync with the Queen Street overhaul which has now been pushed back to 2019 who knows. Perhaps they might get round to it before the sun becomes a gas giant.
I wouldn't count on that.
 

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Locals in call to give park City Status and halt 'decline'

The status would mean more cash and better upkeep of Queen's Park in the South Side, which is dedicated to the memory of Mary, Queen Of Scots.

First Minister-elect and South Side MSP Nicola Sturgeon is also backing calls from the Friends Of Queen's Park group to stop the decline of the 148-acre park, which was created in 1857.

She said: "I am very supportive of the hard work being done by the Friends Of Queen's Park. If the lack of city park status leads to a lower level of investment that must be challenged.

"Queen's Park is well used and much loved and Glasgow City Council needs to recognise how strongly local people feel about this."

Accountant Tony Halifax, a founder member of the Friends Of Queen's Park and chairman of Shawlands and Strathbungo Commun*ity Council, said the group's main aim was to achieve City Park Status in an attempt to stop the "decline" of Queen's Park.

The park was the scene of the rape and murder in May 2008 of Moira Jones, but her family and local people have rallied round to keep the park alive with happier events, such as Moira's Run last month.

Ms Jones's brother Grant, who lives in the area, told last month how vandals regularly target the memorial stone and flowers lain by Moira's family at the spot where her body was found.

Mr Halifax said: "We have now got a strategic plan, and City Park Status is our aim because without that there is no point.

"Without City Park Status Queen's Park will go to wrack and ruin. It is already happening. Glasgow City Council is managing the decline of the park.

"Grant and I regularly go into the park and the memorial and other areas are being vandalised.

"When you go to the West End the parks they are like night and day compared to Queen's Park. Why should the South Side suffer? We all live in Glasgow, we all pay council tax, yet we are treated in this way. It is shameful.

"You have got a council here that is out of control and we have met three community councils and have the support from them all for city status.

"There are gangs hanging around the park, vandalism, litter and general neglect.

"People are expressing concerns and doubts about the park, even my wife who often walks through the park is getting uneasy about it."

Grant said the vandalism of his sister's memorial made him "sick".

He added: "Despite what happened to my sister there I think Queen's Park really is a beautiful park with so much potential.

"There are large gangs of children always in the park engaging in anti-social behaviour. There is a feeling of lawlessness.

"I have witnessed many incidents but one that was particularly disturbing was watching an older man's small dog being picked up by its front leg. The gentleman was extremely distressed, as was the dog. I intervened and was verbally abused."

Glasgow City Council denied "managing the decline" of the park.

A spokesman said: "As anyone working with us constructively would know, it is untrue to say the council is purposefully managing the decline of Queen's Park.

"The park is one of eight in the city to hold Green Flag status and has undergone extensive refurbishment work in recent years.

"It offers a range of activities and attractions, from the winter gardens and bandstand to the free soft play area and reptile house, as well as hosting the Southside Festival.

"The Queen's Park Arena has been completely restored, the entrance gates refurbished and the play area at Balvicar Street is also set to be upgraded.

"As one of Glasgow's most loved parks, detailed maintenance is carried out across the various grass areas, the naturalised pond and wildflower beds."

Chief Inspector Carol McGuire, the Area Commander for Linn and Langside, said she was not aware of any "significant issues" of disorder and gangs in the park. She said local people should report incidents to the police immediately.
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/...city-status-and-halt-decline-186794n.25748431
 

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Save the Steps



Save the Steps has now passed 10,000 signatures, they are now planning a demonstration on 6 Dec and are hoping to get a council debate.

Dear Friends,

We are past 10,000 signatures!

Thank you to all who have signed the petition and shared it- it has made a big difference and we want to keep this going.

We have two things to announce:

1. Glasgow City Council are going to send us the appropriate forms to trigger a council debate. As soon as we've got them, we'll fill them in and send them back. Watch this space!

2. We are now organising a public protest on the afternoon of Saturday 6th December next to the Steps at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Look out for social media updates of details of this protest and the odd poster that will pop up in the centre of Glasgow.

It would be great to get as many of you as possible who back this campaign at the protest, to get a good presence for media coverage and if you're up for it, hand out some flyers to people passing.

Thank you again for your support, and we hope to see you on the 6th December at the Steps!

Ben
 

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Now would probably be a good time for the scheme's proponents to explain why a well-regarded and well-used space needs to be removed for their extension to be viable, why the entrance to our flagship performance venue should be placed inside a shopping centre's atrium, and why public cash will be used to remove public realm with no information as to what - if any - new spaces will be created by way of compensation.

This generic-looking glass cylinder idea has been floating around for seven years. I'd say that's ample time for someone to have come up with clear answers to the questions people have been asking from the start.
 

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They say it's to provide accessible access for all, allowing them to install lifts for wheelchair access. Which is complete nonsense as they could install an external lift in the righthand corner between the galleries and the stairs:
 

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Bid received to demolish city's popular Buchanan Street st

http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/home-news/bid-received-to-demolish-citys-popular-buchanan-street-steps.25877337

THEY have become the city's primary focal point for lunching workers, sunbathed shoppers, dating couples and even political rallies.

But now plans for the demolition of the steps leading to Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall have been officially lodged. With Glasgow City Council now in receipt of the application, a decision is due in early 2015 with approval for the demolition expected to be granted.

If so, the new atrium would be in place by the end of 2016.

It is part of a £400 million expansion plan for Buchanan Galleries, which would see the centre become home to more than 100 shops, a cinema and 25 restaurants.

The submission comes on the heels of a campaign to save the steps. A petition had secured more than 11,000 signatures just a fortnight after it was launched.

Although the steps are barely 20 years old and not a listed structure, permission is required from the local authority to pull them down as they are located within the Glasgow Central Conservation Area.

Applicant LS Buchanan Ltd has said a "new rotunda structure allowing pedestrians to enter the concert hall and shopping centre" will replace the steps as part of the overall redevelopment and extension of Buchanan Galleries.

The application adds: "The design of the rotunda reflects its prominent position at the northern end of Buchanan Street and will provide pedestrians with a more user-friendly, modern entrance way to the Royal Concert Hall and to the facilities within the newly redeveloped and extended Buchanan Galleries development."

The company also lists a series of reasons why the steps should come down, including "providing significant economic and community benefits for the wider area", and claims the demolition "will preserve and enhance the character of the conservation area as the rotunda is more in keeping with the character of the area".

They add: "We are of the view that the existing steps do not provide any aesthetic benefit to the city centre, and are of little townscape value.

"Therefore it is our client's contention that both the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council's policies on demolition of unlisted buildings in the conservation area are met by this Conservation Area Consent application."

The developer has repeatedly said a gathering place will be created in front of the atrium, with new public art and lighting as well as seating.

The Donald Dewar statue will remain in the same spot.

Local councillor Nina Baker said she had received many emails and representations in connection with the plans to demolish the steps.

The Green councillor, who previously opposed demolition plans, said she had also yet to decide whether to remove herself from the planning committee to again object if requested by constituents.

Councillor Baker said: "It's early days, but I've already had emails sent directly to me on the subject. A large number of people care about the steps.

"You only need to look at how the steps have been used both for music purposes and for democratic expression during the referendum campaign."

One objector to the plans who has signed the petition, Rory S, said: "These are an iconic and important part of Glasgow's architecture. On any given day, you will see hundreds of tourists taking photographs over the course of the day. To be replaced by a modern and soulless glass frontage is disgraceful."

Anne C said: "Good for demonstrations ... provides a ready made stage. Also nice place to look at the view down Buchanan Street and beyond."

A city council spokesman said: "There is now a live planning application for the proposed development, which will be considered in due course."
 

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Apols if this has been mentioned before, but that wonderful wee park they built at the barrowlands is currently only described as temporary. I don't know if there are firm plans to develop the land, but from what I saw, it's a triumph and deserves to be a permanent addition to the public realm.
 
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