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Can the mighty god of football get a planning decision overturned?

I mentioned the disgusting giant TV screen Celtic Football Club was recently, and thankfully, refused permission to install at Parkhead.

As if we need MORE adverts burning into our eyeballs and brains on top of the assault we are subject to online, where advertisers seem to think they have right to force us to look at their tripe.

Thank goodness for adblockers that can be turned up to 11, and save us from their assault.

However, football clubs also think they are all powerful, and Celtic seems to think that a static video wall (installed some time ago, at ground level, and not rotating) is the same as theirs, which would be at the top of an eight-metre-high pole, rotating, AND show not only adverts, but live and recorded TV images.

City planners rejected the idea saying it would distract drivers on nearby London Road. They also said it would form a “dominant and incongruous feature, to the detriment of visual amenity”.

As part of the appeal process, Celtic has provided computer-generated images showing how the screen and its surroundings would appear.

A document submitted on Celtic’s behalf states: “[The sign] is neither an obtrusive nor dominant feature within the stadium precinct.”

It continues: “No evidence has been presented to justify the statement that the presence of the sign would cause distraction to drivers.

“An…LED advertising signboard with moving images already exists to the west of the stadium. That this sign has received planning permission and continues to operate is evidence that the presence of an LED sign displaying changing images has not caused a distraction to drivers.”

COUNTER-Attack By Celtic Over Council’s Rejection Of TV Screen

Delusion is a wonderful thing.

Maybe they’ve been sampling the Buckie in their own car park 😉

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04/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t miss Lil BUB’s 8th birthday

Still on the theme of “Things only happen when I’m away”, I see LiL BUB turned 8 recently, and had a party.

I don’t see much of the ‘Internet cats’ these days, as the original sites that tended to focus on them have gone downhill, and I just don’t visit, so almost missed this too.

And I’m still a bit down over the loss of Grumpy. Did you realise both were girls?

But this is about smiling, and just look at the faceplant as soon as BUB get near the cake, even before it’s ready.

Couldn’t be there, but let’s not forget the sight of them together.

04/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Looks like St Peter’s has reached the end of the innovative thinking road

It’s remarkable how many things seem to happen whenever I have to ‘drop out’ for a few days, on this occasion, probably the most significant news about the future of St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross.

Built in the 1966 (commissioned 1958), as an innovative design based on the then church’s teaching philosophy, it was rendered obsolete only a few years later as the church changed its thinking and closed during the 1970s as the numbers attending fell, and was deconsecrated in 1980. The remains were A listed in 1992.

Unfortunately, the structure’s relatively isolated location meant it suffered numerous attacks from vandals, whose cumulative attention over the years led to the almost complete and total destruction of the interior, with even the stone altar being attacked and broken.

Not forgetting the weather, which maintained a relentless 24/7 assault on the structure. It may be referred to as a concrete building, but anyone involved in architecture or building understands that’s a gross oversimplification, and there were plenty of materials that would quickly rot or decay once the rain reached them, and accelerate the rot once occupation and maintenance of the building ended.

While there are many who cared, and even others who were able to initiate plans to re-use, or even preserve the structure over the past decades, the stark reality is, or was, that the place is huge, and was commissioned by a body which had significant financial resources to play with.

While I’ve watched those plans appear and disappear over the years, and would have been happy to see any of them succeed, even if only partially, again, reality was always in my mind, and I never really expected any of them to succeed.

Now, after almost thirty years of such efforts, it seems as if the end of the road to any sort of recovery for the structure has been reached, and  failure of the most recent effort to use the remains for some sort of purpose (arts organisation NVA planned to turn the site into an arts venue and cultural centre, spent  about £3 million trying to make the building safe and remove hazardous materials, but closed down last year when a  funding bid was unsuccessful) has signalled an announcement that the remains will simply be rendered safe, so they won’t present a danger to the public.

The numbers reflect the reality I referred to…

But hopes of that happening have been halted after Historic Environment Scotland estimated that addressing it would cost in excess of £13m over 20 years to just maintain the building and make it safe for public access.

The Scottish government has now declined the request to take the building into state care, blaming increasing pressure on public resources.

However it offered to “facilitate discussions with key partners about St Peter’s future”.

Artist Angus Farquhar – who tried to restore the building – said Scotland had “turned its back on the 20th Century”.

Like many idealistic views, unfortunately they don’t come with bottomless wallets, and expect others to pay for their ideas.

As I have said about the many buildings others whine about being left unused after becoming abandoned and derelict, if they were so good, people would be flocking to take them over if they were so desirable, and not simply ‘money pits’.

Even charitable groups and trusts need to have some sort of reason and justification for existing, even if relying on non-profit funding.

Read the full statement in this article:

A-listed Cardross seminary will be left to ‘decay’

It’s sad reading in a way, but until there’s a great big pot of magic money that can be used to fund ALL such projects, the reality is that there will be winners and losers as they all fight for a share of what is available.

See also:

The future of a disused A-listed seminary in Cardross is at risk after the Scottish Government declined a request from the Catholic Church for the building to be taken into state care.

A report from Historic Environment Scotland into St Peter’s Seminary – commissioned by government ministers – estimated that the challenges of maintaining the building and making it safe for public access could cost more than £13 million over 20 years.

The Cabinet Secretary for Culture Fiona Hyslop has written to the Archdiocese of Glasgow, offering to arrange a roundtable with any interested parties to discuss the report and any alternative solutions available.

Ms Hyslop said: “The Scottish Government has no choice but to accept the recommendations from Historic Environment Scotland not to take St Peters Seminary into state care, due to the risk and cost to the public purse it would entail to the detriment of other properties in care.

“We accept the report’s analysis that the only reasonable way forward for this site would be ‘curated decay’ and I plan to convene a meeting with all key partners to see if there is a way forward collectively to deliver what looks to be the only viable option for St Peters.”

Future of St Peter’s Seminary at risk as building not to be taken into state care

The title of that article would be funny if it were not so sad (suggesting that the future of St  Peter’s seminary has somehow suddenly become ‘At Risk’).

Specter of St Peter's

Specter of St Peter’s

The above pic introduced an article on the seminary:

St Peter’s Seminary as seen by ‘Sometimes Interesting’

Who knows?

This could be the best thing that has happened.

It might even have been better had this route been taken years ago, when the remains were in better condition, more complete, and the vandalism had not been so advanced.

Had the site been tidied sooner, made more accessible, and been more inviting to normal people, perhaps their increased presence  would have kept the human dross that made the place their home for so long might have gone elsewhere.

04/07/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, Lost | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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