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Tollcross Winter Gardens – a ‘Lasting Legacy’ to betrayal

I took some pics of Tollcross Winter Gardens recently, and they reminded me I had not got round to publishing a set I took back in early 2014.

They follow an earlier post from 2013, where I noted:

The Winter Garden in Tollcross Park were last refurbished in the period 1999/2000, having lain derelict for at least a decade, and at risk of being lost at worst, or left to rot at best.

However, funding to the value of £1.7 million rescued the glasshouse then, and it also gained an adjacent Visitor Centre, café, and play area.

What I mistakenly thought was refurbishment (and I am sure I read somewhere that this was why the gardens had closed) turns out to be nothing more than cost-cutting to pay for the curse that was imposed on Glasgow in 2014, and is to be known forever as the Lasting Legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The pics I just took in November 2015 might just as well be those from 2013 and 2014.

The glasshouse and ‘new’ Visitor Centre lie abandoned and decaying.

The building is slowly rotting, and the vandals enjoy adding to the broken glass.

The interior is slowly filling with giant weeds, growing through and from the floor.

Would it really have been so hard, with all the money floating around for a ‘Lasting Legacy’ to have kept Tollcross Winter Gardens and the Visitor Centre open, even if only seasonally?

Instead, it will rot again, after lasting only a dozen or so years since being ‘saved’, then wrecked by the council to raise money for the Games.

Legacy, or legacy to betrayal?

Tollcross Winter Gardens ruined

Tollcross Winter Gardens ruined

Tollcross Winter Gardens ruined

Tollcross Winter Gardens ruined

Tollcross Winter Gardens ruined

Tollcross Winter Gardens ruined

Tollcross Winter Gardens ruined

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November 7, 2015 - Posted by | Civilian, council |

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