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Mackintosh Building S38

No actual news this week, but I did see a related item in another article, and it is something which I don’t think has been properly reported by the media.

Rightly or wrongly, I get the impression that the only thing the media (and the Art School and its board’s detractors) concentrate on is Blame, and the Cost of rebuilding. The former for no reason other than its lust for a public hanging (it wants more heads to roll), and the latter so it can complain and whine endlessly about that cost, and who foots the bill.

I haven’t seen any mention of this (in any items fed to me)…

It has since emerged it cost the local authority £569,000 to carry out emergency repairs at the Glasgow School of Art when it burned down last June.

“It is easier to retrieve the money from the Glasgow School of Art emergency repairs which cost £569,000 as it was simpler to track the owner.”

This figure comes into public view as it seems that the simple ploy of a tangled web of owners stretching to India means the council might only recover half of £1.4 million spent on similar emergency repairs following the fire at Victoria’s Nightclub along the road.

Councillor Frank McAveety said: “The overall cost for the council to deal with the site is £1.4m which is taxpayer money.
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“At the moment officers expect to recover just 50 per cent of the cost but it is hard to get the full amount from insurers as we do not know where the owner is currently living.

“We are still trying to clarify who owns the building as it has changed hands several times. I believe the current owner is living somewhere in India.

Victoria’s Nightclub demolition and emergency repairs sees Glasgow City Council spend £1.4 million after fire

While I’ve no intention into descending into some sort of nit-picking analysis, it seems that the Glasgow School of Art is getting a lot of kickings, but will have to pay its bills (and these are not even for restoration work), while some property or club owner at a distance enjoys a substantial discount at our expense. If they are ever even identified and presented with a bill which can be enforced.

And at a time when Glasgow City Council could well do without having to squander its funds on compulsory, safety related works on private (moneymaking) enterprises, while public venues go wanting for millions to rescue them.

Just my observation.

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The face of Purrple contentedness

While the fun may have come to end for casual passers-by at the Purrple Cat Cafe (since they blanked off the lower part of the windows), it’s not all bad news.

There’s still the chance of a passing treat if you look a little higher, and one of the cat trees is occupied.

This resident was watching me walk past until I noticed I was being watched, then changed to ‘I have no interest in you’ mode as soon I stopped for a pic.

Content White Purrple Cat

Content White Purrple Cat

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The stories cycling activists must hate – and I hope I live to see delivered

I’ve really come to loathe and despise most activists and campaigners, but as with all generalisations, have to be clear I’m only referring to those who see their campaigns as a job, and one they will be out of if they ever acknowledge the delivery of anything they are campaigning for.

I’m not going over old ground, like some sort of broken record – there are enough old posts filed on the subject in this blog.

So…

I was intrigued, but NOT surprised (since I stopped listening to activists) to read that plans for a ‘Green Network’ (to be launched in May 2019) with 500 miles of walking and cycling routes connecting the city centre to parks and nature areas, ALREADY has some 60% of the access network is already in place.

Listening to the whining noises always coming from cycling activists, you could be forgiven for thinking that figure was closer to 0% than 60%.

The network includesCuningar Woodland Park, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Kelvingrove Park and Castle Semple Country Park.

The Cunningar Loop Bridge was a great addition, over the River Clyde and the Clyde Walkway, as it meant no longer having to go from Shettleston, almost to Rutherglen, to get to the park, as it connected it at Dalmarnock, just past Parkhead.

Cunningar Bridge River

Cunningar Bridge River

The only one listed which I haven’t touched is Castle Semple Country Park, which is simply the furthest from me, and I’d never even heard of. Apart from the Botanics, I can reach all the others via cycle paths or cycle routes.

The Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network has prepared a blueprint, on behalf of the eight local authorities in the Glasgow City Region, which aims to make outdoor areas easily accessible for everyone in the region.

Probably the most relevant aspect is the identification of areas that need to be addressed to ‘Join the dots’, as the most frustrating thing I come across is spots where I find I’m between safe/quiet roads/routes, with no obvious means of connecting the two.

Filling in these gaps would vastly improve the existing networks.

A report to the City Region Cabinet states: “The blueprints identify what already currently contributes to the two networks that should be protected and if necessary improved, and where there are gaps in provision that need to be delivered.

“The blueprint will contribute to delivering sustainable inclusive economic growth and increasing wellbeing by contributing to making the Glasgow City Region a successful, sustainable place where people want to work and where they live healthy lives.”

They also hope the blueprint will make the region a natural, resilient place that improves and protects the environment, a connected place providing opportunities for exercise and mental wellbeing and a place that encourages active travel contributing to a low carbon economy.

Plan unveiled for ‘green network’ in Glasgow linking city centre to parks in the region

I hope they can do this without too many delays brought about from complaints by ‘special interest groups’, who must be heard, but seem to be taking far too much power for themselves nowadays, as opposed to being totally ignored in the past.

A better balance needs to be struck, as projects such as this can seem to spend far too long stuck in the dispute stage.

 

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