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West Boathouse on Glasgow Green is not as derelict as I thought

I have to confess that, until recently, I thought an old boathouse on Glasgow Green was maybe derelict.

I’ve never seen it in use, or even open, due to the usual times I was down that way, and it was only a few weeks ago that I saw it with a door lying open, and people moving around inside.

In fact, plans have just been approved for a new 99-year lease to the Clydesdale and Clyde Amateur Rowing Clubs for use the West Boathouse and surrounding land.

Under the terms of the agreement, the clubs will pay £750-a-year between them for the site following the completion of the £2.8m redevelopment.

That work will be carried out by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (GBPT) who are set to install new changing facilities, lift access, multi-use spaces and a floating pontoon from next year.

The boathouse is a category B-listed building which sits in Glasgow Green and was built for the use of both rowing clubs in 1905.

As part of the work, the Trust will take over an area of Glasgow Green, which is not currently leased by the clubs, for a trailer park, rowing racks and an access route to pontoons.

The boathouse building will be redeveloped from a semi-detached unit into a fully shared space by 2020.

Both clubs have been paying £350-a-year since 1990 for use of the site but the new agreement will allow the council to transfer liability for maintenance and management of the building to the clubs.

Plans to revamp historic boathouse on Glasgow Green move one step closer

Pity I didn’t take a pic or two of some rowers I thought were mad to be out on the water a few days ago, when it was almost freezing – I like my playing to be fun.

I didn’t think I had any pics of the place, although I know I have some really old ones (on film) that show the place looking much as it does today, and in need of restoration, especially the area leading to the river. I think this was used for a shooting scene in ‘Taggart’.


I remembered I’d fired off some test shots on 05 November, while waiting for the fireworks on Glasgow Green to start.

The first one was just one of my habitual hand-held low light night shots, I can’t resist, even it was not the plan for that night. But, I still needed to have an idea of what area I could cover when I changed over to long exposures.

Glasgow Green West Boathouse Wide

Glasgow Green West Boathouse Wide

After playing around a bit, and finding a way to support the camera (exposures were going up to around 8 seconds), I began to get half decent results.

Glasgow Green River Clyde West Boathouse

Glasgow Green River Clyde West Boathouse

And then there were interesting shots.

This one caught an early firework release, but the actual interest will be spotted in the bright lights.

Note now they have developed ‘drops’ which appear to run down from them, as the camera was moved too soon, at the end of the shot, before the shutter had closed.

One to remember for later use.

Interestingly, the lit windows of the building behind (Templeton’s), although appearing to be bright, were not bright enough to ‘drop’ or streak in the same way.

Glasgow Green River Clyde West Boathouse and firework

Glasgow Green River Clyde West Boathouse and firework

01/12/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Scotland awarded second Dark Sky Park

Having succeeded in getting its first Dark Sky Park, Scotland has added a second to its growing collection of places where astronomy can be enjoyed without the problems of light pollution.

The new park is the most northerly in the world.

Tomintoul and Glenlivet – Cairngorms Dark Sky Park has been officially recognised due to its lack of interference from light pollution, which allows clearer views of the cosmos from the ground.

Galloway Dark Sky Park, set up in 2009, was the first in the UK and one of just four in the western hemisphere.

It has been credited for attracting an increased number of visitors to the area.

The new Cairngorms park is one of the world’s darkest and has been awarded gold tier status by the International Dark-Sky Association, which is responsible for designations.

It is set on the Glenlivet Estate, which is managed by Crown Estate Scotland, and sits mainly within Cairngorms National Park.

Star gazers rejoice as Scotland gets second Dark Sky Park

Dark Sky

Dark Sky

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£8 million approved to support private housing repairs

After yesterday’s wake-up call regarding the projected cost of billions for maintenance work on Glasgow’s tenements…

The council will work with partners, such as local housing associations and the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (CHSCP), to deliver these schemes.

Almost £8 million funding is being allocated for the repair of private sector housing stock for disabled people in Glasgow.

Under the council’s Private Sector Housing Grant (PSHG) programme. funding will be allocated to disabled adaptations, statutory repairs, ‘missing share’ support, tackling issues with pre-1919 tenements, and in areas with private letting or property management concerns such as Calton, Govanhill and Priesthill.

Around 65 per cent of homes in Glasgow are in private ownership, and this stock has the highest level of disrepair in the city. Examples of this repair can be found across in Glasgow, but specific locations where concentrations are higher include Govanhill, Strathbungo, Ibrox/Cessnock, East Pollokshields and Haghill/Dennistoun.

One of these is the investment in pre-1919 tenement stock has helped prevent their decline and in some cases prevent demolition – preventative maintenance will in the long-term reduce costs for this vital part of the city’s stock, with an estimated 70,000 pre-1919 flats in Glasgow.

Another is the provision of grants for essential adaptation works to the meet the needs of disabled people. The council also provides funding for the Care and Repair service for disabled owners and those aged 65 and and over, offering advice and organising repairs on the owners’ behalf.

The ‘Missing Share’ programme supports owners where they are in the majority and wish to carry out common repairs or maintenance. The council will underwrite the costs of the minority who are unwilling or unable to pay their share of costs. These owners are pursued for full recovery of costs when work is completed – with the vast majority of minority owners paying.

Council approves almost £8million to support private housing repairs in Glasgow

This will hopefully stimulate the good property owners, and help them with initiatives, while clamping down on the those who are dragging their feet, or just ‘rogue’.

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “While the responsibility for maintenance of homes lies with the owner, we will – where appropriate – support some of the costs for this work when they take responsibility for the repair works. Our support for homeowners comes in a variety of forms, from disabled adaptations to helping groups of owners come together to make necessary repairs, and this is work that makes the neighbourhoods of Glasgow better places to live.”



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Missed Mitchell Street mural

Not sure how I came to miss this mural in Mitchell Street.

I’ve been there often enough, and spotted the other ones (the taxi and the giant girl), but somehow never noticed it.

And it’s rather nice.

Mitchell Street Mural

Mitchell Street Mural

But, this pic came with a surprise extra.

Have you spotted it? I didn’t at the time.

Look at the window-ledge top left corner of the pic.

Unfortunately, although it looks like daylight, this was a late night pic, so there’s not a lot of detail.

Window ledge Oddness

Window ledge Oddness

Guess this is ANOTHER one I have to try to remember to revisit.

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