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Council will pick up another cost thanks to ‘Lasting Legacy’ of 2104 Commonwealth Games

I mentioned the collapse of the ‘Legacy Hub’, one of the wonderful ‘Lasting Legacy’ marvels foist brought to Glasgow courtesy of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games (a reminder that the host city pays for this fun, NOT the organisers of the games).

I spotted an item on Glasgow City Counci’s web site, announcing that it would be picking this facility up from the Administgrators.

The council will pay a whole £1 for the ‘Hub’, the same amount it sold the developers the land for.

But those of us who know better also know the real cost of these things is not the structure, but the ‘Cost of ownership’, or the running costs (wages, services, stock etc), which the council now has to cough up. And since this place collapsed, we know it makes a loss, not a profit.

Glasgow city council today (07 February 2019) agreed to exercise its right of pre-emption over The Legacy Hub, in Dalmarnock, meaning that it can buy back the former council-owned land and Hub building from Administrators.

In 2014, the council and a number of other funders supporting a new community initiative, sold the land for the construction of the Hub to the People’s Development Trust (PDT) for a nominal sum of £1.

As the council was not selling the land for commercial value it created a right of pre-emption, effectively a right of first refusal in its favour to buy back the land, in the event of a future sale by PDT.

Following the PDT being placed into administration at the end of January, the Administrators, KPMG, acting on PDT’s behalf, have now offered the land and buildings back to the council for the same sum.

The council’s Contracts and Property Committee agreed that it should take the necessary steps to accept this offer and acquire the ownership of the Hub.

Looking to the future of the Hub, the committee also agreed that officers could enter into negotiations with KPMG to buy any equipment within the Hub including IT and catering equipment, and furniture items that would be needed by the council for the future running of the building.

Following completion of the sale, which may take a number of weeks due to the legal and due diligence process, the council will also take over landlord responsibilities for the tenants still operating from the Hub.

Work will now take place by council officers to investigate a range of options for the running and management of the building. They will also consider, with input from key stakeholders, including the community, how best it can serve the local area while ensuring the Hub has a sustainable economic model for the future.

Council agrees to buy The Legacy Hub in Dalmarnock

Given the place collapsed and ended up in administration, there’s an amusing little remark from Convenor for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm City Policy Committee and member of the Contracts and Property Committee, Councillor Greg Hepburn:

“The news of the PDT’s administration and subsequent impact on The Legacy Hub and the services it provided, including the nursery, was a blow to the local community.

“However, after repeated attempts to stabilise the governance and financial side of things it became clear that it simply could not continue operating the way it had been.

“Now that the council are planning to buy back the Hub we have a chance to start afresh for a well-run, ambitious and thriving community facility, giving the community what they need but also something that is sustainable for the future.

Best of luck with that.

Guess the council will also have to pick up the tab to get workers up there to remove People’s Development Trust from the façade.

Wonder just how fed up the locals are with the ongoing nonsense of the Games that started BEFORE 2014, as their community was taken apart?

Legacy Hub Night

Legacy Hub Night


12/02/2019 Posted by | council | , , | Leave a comment

Road drains reinvented for Commonwealth Games

Another one of those pics taken but never used, this time recalled after yesterday’s news of a Commonwealth Games ‘legacy’ disaster.

Not sure if I’ve come across this concept anywhere else, but once we were finally allowed back into Springfield Road (weeks after the silly ‘Games’ had ended) I noticed that the redeveloped road had gained some interesting road drains.

Rather than the usual heavy cast iron drains seen on all the roads throughout Glasgow (and the rest of the country), Springfield road had sprouted grass-covered gulleys that separated the footpath from road, which the road seems to drain into, rather than the individual drains located in the gutters, next to the kerb.

This is a fairly early pic of the construct, taken a few years ago when it all looked fresh and green.

I should collect more recent pics, as these gulleys don’t look quite so nice now, with a few salty winters’ worth of water washed into them, and I suspect more than a few dozy drivers have tried to park on them, or driven into them. Bad enough with a car, but the weight of a bus or lorry can’t be very nice for them.

Springfield Road drains

Springfield Road drains

I’d have newer pics, but I just don’t get into Springfield Road any more, finding myself going along the Clyde Walkway or the new houses on the left (as this is closer to the park on Cunningar Loop), or along the newer Clyde Gateway (further to the right) if I’m heading towards Rutherglen or Shawfield.

Funny how little changes in road layout can see you never wandering along routes that were once regularly travelled.

28/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Flagship 2014 Commonwealth Games ‘Legacy’ sinks

I make no apologies for having mocked the idea that the 2014 Commonwealth Games would leave any of the ‘Legacy’ so widely touted as parts of the east end of Glasgow were razed to make way for a mere two weeks of fun for some, and years of pain for others.

One of the casualties was Dalmarnock’s community centre, razed along with surrounding building to clear land for the dopey ‘Games’, the cleared land has lain derelict to this day, and I understand has only recently seen plans for a housing development make their appearance, five years later!

PROPOSAL For More New Homes In Dalmarnock

I never had a pic of the community centre – just the flattened ground after it was razed (and also the old people’s home that can be seen fenced off on the right, another Games Legacy gem, completed and left unoccupied for years due to yet more silliness).

Dalmarnock Community Hub Site

Dalmarnock Community Centre Site

For losing their community centre, locals were promised The Legacy Hub, developed as a flagship legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Legacy Hub Night

Legacy Hub Night

Foolishly, I’ve walked past this many times thinking “That went well”, even though it always looked deserted (which may be down to the time of day I pass).

I shouldn’t have been so naïve, should I?

This was closed without prior notice on Friday after going into administration.

The centre was created as part of a £40 million scheme funded by Big Lottery, the Scottish Government, Clyde Gateway, and Glasgow City Council.

Owned by the People’s Development Trust – which was created as part of the ongoing regeneration work in Glasgow’s East End, it provided childcare, community activities, a theatre and bistro cafe.

Hundreds call for Dalmarnock community hub to be saved after sudden closure

Sadly, as usual, Glasgow City Council is expected to cough up some ‘Magic Money’ from its bottomless pot, and take over the running of this failed Legacy promise.

“The community are devastated by this decision and request that the hub be taken over and run by Glasgow City Council as soon as possible and remain a community asset.”

While it finds £500 million for its recent equal pay settlement, £7.5 million for the Winter Gardens etc etc…

They should haul up those who promised all these silly ‘Legacies’ and brought the stupid ‘Games’ to Glasgow with their grand promises…

And hand them the bill!



27/01/2019 Posted by | council | , , | Leave a comment

Athlete’s Village charger

I have to admit that this is an old pic, although if I had taken it yesterday the scene wouldn’t have looked much different.

I had been hanging on in hope of seeing it in use during one of my wanderings past the spot, but no luck.

Maybe one day.

And, yes, it IS live.

Quite different from the one they put in the car park of the big shed across the road.

Athlete's Village EV Charger

Athlete’s Village EV Charger

Whether it’s ever been used?

Athlete's Village EV Charging Station02

Athlete’s Village EV Charging Station


13/11/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | 2 Comments

Not Taggart so no body

This was almost disappointing, as I came along one of the relatively new paths being complete along the side of the River Clyde, somewhere near Shieldhall and Dalmarnock.

Having seen far too much Taggart in the past, when I saw somebody struggling with a bundle at the side of the river, there was only one thought – “There’s been a murder!

Too far away to see any detail, the long lens had to come out, and reality set in.

It had just been a guy out fishing, and tidying up his backpack and goodies before he settled down for the day.

Fishing Near Shieldhall And Dalmarnock

Fishing Near Shieldhall And Dalmarnock

20/08/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Baltic Street update (still good)

Last time I wandered around Dalmarnock, I was a little glum to see that a little garage might have closed – or at least never seemed to be open whenever I was there.

There goes Dalmarnock

There’s better news after the most recent bit of wandering, and I can say it is still on the go.

And there’s a decent number of cars scattered around that are being worked on. Nice.

Now that Google has expanded its historic imagery, I can also add that the sign has been up there, just the same, since at least 2009.

One day, I’ll work up the courage to pop my head in the door and ask if they have any electricity in there.

I kid you not, the place looks as dark inside as it looks in the pic, despite that floor to roof door being open.

Baltic Street Garage

Baltic Street Garage

16/07/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Embarrassing signs are gone (but only sometimes)

HH Tyres

H&H Tyres

It’s a while since I wandered down to Dalmarnock, but this time was able to confirm the removal of some really embarrassingly shoddy signs, as noted in…

Who’s to blame? The signwriter or the customer?

They really are all gone.

H&H Tyres Signs Gone

H&H Tyres Signs Gone

That said, there’s a horrible giant sign on a nearby street, didn’t bother looking at it though.

They also plaster the area with disgusting stick-on signs, mostly on lampposts, making the area look really tatty, as does most illegal fly-posting.

But Glasgow District Council doesn’t seem to think it’s worth chasing and fining such defacers.

Perhaps the fines should be raised to match motoring related fines, so that it would be worth hauling those who place this rubbish on our city, and bring down its appearance with their tat.


Following a suggestion made after the original post about these terrible signs, I’ve been trying to get down this way earlier in the day. The suggestion being that they’re taken in at night, so only seen during the working day.

Sure enough, the ‘informer’ was RIGHT!

An early wander through the area just found a few of hem stuck in the ground during the day (this took until July to spot).

H&H Signs Out

H&H Signs Out

15/07/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Tripod cat (not)

Rummaging through some archived pics I spotted one that looked different from my recollection.

I’d toured the former athlete’s village (built for the dopey 2014 Commonwealth Games) collecting pics of the various types of housing built there, and came across a couple of cats. By then, the athletes had enjoyed being worshipped, and deserted the place, and some of the places had people living in them.

I had to look twice, as the pic appeared to show a tripod (three-legged) cat, and I was sure I’d never seen one.

Feline overlords that looked as if they owned the place, yes, but not a tripod.

Turns out that it was just an optical illusion, and the ‘missing’ leg was just perfectly hidden behind the visible one.

Still, three would be better than none – look at poor catloaf (no legs and not even a tail) on the right!

Tripod Cat And Friend

Tripod Cat And Friend

07/07/2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

There goes Dalmarnock

I was never hugely familiar with Dalmarnock, but did come to recognise quite a lot of it when I started walking there some years back.

I almost remember seeing a couple of high flats that once stood there, but saw more of them as piles of rubble coming out of a rock crusher after they were demolished.

I found a school there, closed, derelict, and also demolished shortly after I tripped over it.

There was one factory that managed to survive in Springfield Road (my company even did some work in it, but I never visited) – until the dopey 2014 Commonwealth Games had it eliminated. A pity, since it was vaguely historic and a little interesting, being nicely built in sandstone – but that didn’t save it as it stood in the way of the athlete’s village, so became a ‘Dead Man Walking’ and gave its life for the silliness.

Nearly all the sandstone tenements in the area were eliminated, only a few still stand at Dalmarnock Bridge. A few early 20th century houses that had somehow been missed in an earlier round of demolition were mopped up at the same time.

While I never saw the power station that sat next to the bridge, I did see the wall that once bordered the river, and even had jetties for coal deliveries (I think that only happened once in its life though – rail was the normal route. But, like the power station, that vanished too, again thanks to  the stupid Commonwealth Games.

There was one Stoddart’s bed factory down there, but that stands long abandoned and derelict now.

Probably thanks to that larger building, some smaller industrial units have survived alongside.

But a recent wander there suggests they’ll be for the chop soon, as they were occupied, but it’s so long since I was there during working hours it looks to me as if they are now abandoned too.

I used to spy inside this body shop as I walked past, there looked to be some interesting chassis lying around, as if someone did some serious racing as their hobby. But, the last few times I passed it didn’t even look as if they had power – although it was open and they were working, there were no lights on.


I’ve no idea, but the place has been closed whenever I’ve passed recently, and the state of the old sign suggests “There’s nobody home”.

Baltic St Body Shop

Baltic St Body Shop

The sign.

Rough Sign

Rough Sign

10/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Who’s to blame? The signwriter or the customer?

It used to be fairly simple to find signs with mistakes – just look for the apostrophe (or lack of apostrophe) and you’d soon catch something.

However, now that neither signwriter nor customer seems to be educated, it’s so easy to do this it’s as much fun as shooting fish in a barrel (see Mythbusters for that lesson).

Probably the only problem is having to actually READ the signs to find the mistakes – at least apostrophes are easy to spot (or not).

Then here’s the added bonus of tattooists and their victims nowadays, doomed to live with their joint mistakes (with ‘NO RAGRETS‘), or having to endure laser tattoo removal to get rid of their gems. Not forgetting the option of a huge inky ‘cover up tattoo’ to hide it instead.

I couldn’t pass this one up, seen on a long walk far from home.

I’ll let you guess what ‘BRINING SAFETY TO THE ROAD’ means, but there were plenty of signs making the same offer.

The good news is that you don’t have to go to China (punch in that prominent URL – relax, at the moment at least, it’s just a 404 error).



Loads of them, double-sided, all the same.

HH Tyres


It would bring tears to a quality manager or proofreader’s eyes.


I just passed this spot a few days ago – ALL the signs are GONE!

Including others of a different design erected further along the road.

Nope, nothing to do with me – the pics were taken a while ago, and this post wasn’t published until AFTER the signs had all gone.

I’m no expert in this particular scenario, but they look vaguely illegal, stuck in the ground on land not belonging to the business, and probably without asking the owners consent, or even paying for the land use.

Another update

Following the suggestion below, in the Comments, we’ve been trying to watch this spot, and found that the signs were not actually gone – just taken in at night.

Embarrassing signs are gone (but only sometimes)


01/05/2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , , | 2 Comments

The Legacy Hub at night

This is unusual. Evidence of life here.

I generally walk past this – The Legacy Hub – during daylight hours, but must do so on the wrong days as it always seems to be closed and deserted. Which is odd, given it houses the area’s Medical Centre.

While that appears to be open (the section to the right), I still don’t see anybody using the seated area to the left, signed as a café.

I’ve read that this smaller building/extension was part of a deal done to be allowed to parachute the big empty Emirate Arena that lies behind. I guess the name is a sop to the once often repeated ‘Lasting Legacy’ promised to residents in the wake of the silly 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Legacy Hub Night

Legacy Hub Night

Apart from taking this shot just to see if I could (remember, I don’t use a tripod, all shots are handheld), and test a lesson.

The night shot part is interesting in this case, as the sky, almost black when the pic was taken, is almost a match for the façade.

I did knock back the brightness in the café area, as it was so bright it almost blew out the internal detail.

The lesson?

Normally I insist on catching whole buildings, and avoiding cut-off roofs, corners, or ends.

That usually means having to correct the perspective later, as the camera has to be tilted.

This time, I tried to avoid my natural instinct and hold the camera level (almost – that missing upper vertex was killing me).

Well, what do you know? It works, and no perspective post-processing needed.

I left in a little converging perspective.

I see many pics that have had ALL the perspective edited out, and have perfectly vertical building edges.

I think these look horribly unnatural, as the human eye is used to seeing buildings with at least some perspective, and all natural views (what you see for real with your eyes) demonstrate converging perspective as verticals lead up to a natural vanishing point.

14/12/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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