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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

Is Glasgow being mugged by ANOTHER sporting event?

I’m currently not in the best of moods, having noted that ONCE AGAIN Glasgow’s (city centre) streets are to be closed for a sporting event.

I’m not supposed to complain though, as it’s for a ‘Good Cause’ – “The annual Men’s 10k will arrive on June 16 and thousands of athletes from across the country are expected to get set and go.”

Great – if it’s so good, why not hold it on quiet road just outside the city, through some of Glasgow really BIG parks?

Instead, those of us not interested now seem to be expected to put up with this regular road closure disruption, and not say a thing.


I was really wondering about this advance publicity I spotted recently:

EUFA EURO 2020 Alert

EUFA EURO 2020 Alert

I don’t know anything about this, am not interested in it so won’t be wasting any of my time researching it, but wonder if it follows a similar swindle to the other large sporting events which cities are supposedly ‘honoured’ by being granted the privilege of hosting.

The event organisers (such as those being the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics) don’t have to raise a penny for them – the cities that host them have to cough up the money to run them, provide thousands of unpaid volunteers, and fund the building of new event spaces and stadiums.


No wonder Glasgow’s attractions, such as Tollcross Park’s sad winter garden, and now the People’s Palace winter garden are lying in ruins – when the council has to drop over £300 million on the Commonwealth Games, and recently settled an equal pay dispute (created by its predecessor) for £500 million. That’s just two obvious drains, if I actually looked, I could probably raise that to a loss of £1 billion that could have been better spent.

I always liken this sort of thing to the coercion, or just straight blackmail, of those involved in sales, marketing, and advertising.

When you turn them (and their fees down), they look at you through the narrow slits of their beady little eyes and say something like “If you don’t do this, we’ll take our service to your competitors, and make them a better offer. Can you afford to let that happen?

I’d say host cities are given a similar ultimatum by those event organisers, and told they’ll lose the money that visitors to their event will (supposedly) spend.


There was an interesting article that could be viewed in a sort of ‘Compare & Contrast’ way, as Edinburgh resident (or at least some of the mouthy ones) see, to be rebelling against the very thing that is keeping that city solvent.

And they’re certainly (apparently) more hostile to their tourists and events than Glaswegians seem to be their similar benefactors.

I don’t think I could easily lay hands on any published material where any  Glasgwegians (other than me of course) have made any negative comments about the disruption events cause.

Oh, that’s no longer true!

I just spotted this about Zippo’s Circus in Victoria Park:

They will put on two performances a day for the six day period.

Representations were received by Whiteinch Community Council and Jordanhill Community Council, with issues included the use of generators on the site.

“We welcome the coming of the circus, we just want to ask for conditions to mitigate the negative impact on surrounding houses,” a representative from Whiteinch Community Council said.

She requested noise was kept to an adequate level, parking restrictions were put in place and the use of generators and diesel vehicles were kept to a minimum.

Glasgow council grants circus licence despite worries over ‘intolerable’ noise

I don’t know how loud Zippo’s was, but I doubt it reached the levels of ‘Big Top’ shows taking place during the Fringe.

However, this reaction may be telegraphing Glasgow’s future reaction to tourists and events, IF it can stomach copying Edinburgh!

Edinburgh is at risk of being seen as ‘anti-tourist’ in the wake of campaigners raising concerns about the impact of festivals and events on the city, the chief executive of the Fringe Society has warned.

Shona McCarthy hit back at critics of what is claimed to be a growing “festivalisation” and “exploitation” of the city centre for major events, describing some of the criticisms that had been raised as “a bit weird”.

She insisted the Fringe should not be held responsible for the management of tourism numbers in the city centre, but warned the city’s welcoming reputation was “seriously in danger” due to an ongoing debate about the impact of the industry.

Edinburgh is in danger of becoming an ‘anti-tourist’ city, Fringe chief warns


Noisy performer

05/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography, Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Science centres still seem to be around

Glasgow Science Centre (there are others, but I’ll just refer to the one I’m closest to) opened back in 2001, and did seem to struggle despite good intentions.

By 2008, the happiest of the naysers were rubbing their hand with glee, and predicting the end, with closure not far off, and pointing to the laying off of 18 staff back in 2004.

Funding then was being CUT, by 40% from £1.7 million in 2007 to £1.4 million in 2008, with more cuts due in the next two years.

But we were then told that the four science centres (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen) would share £250,000 of extra funding,

The science centres are still with us, and since I can’t recall ever seeing any further stories of their imminent demise, I assume they are doing quite nicely these days.

While I don’t visit the place (it really seems to be aimed at kids), I have been nearby, and it always looked fairly busy, and was even hosting special events.

They’re even having money thrown at them…

Scotland’s four science centres have been given a cash boost of £2.63m.

The latest grant from the Scottish government comes during British Science Week and brings the total funding given to the attractions over the last four years to £10m.

The money for 2019-20 is aimed at making Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) accessible to everyone.

It includes efforts to engage pupils in rural and deprived areas.

As well as an operational grant for the centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, the fund includes:

• A schools transport subsidy, to support pupils in rural and deprived areas accessing the centres

• A community subsidy, to support centres’ engagement with a greater diversity of people

Science centres boost takes funding to £10m total

I never really got the point of these centres years ago, even after having a pre-opening tour of Glasgow.

I think the name evoked a different image in my head, of a serious scientific development/research hub for businesses, as opposed to the educational places they actually are, with a completely different purpose.

Maybe a different name would have helped (me).

Something along the lines of The Big Idea perhaps – oh, maybe not, that idea didn’t work too well.

Queen Mary - Glasgow Tower - Science Centre - IMAX Theatre

Queen Mary – Glasgow Tower – Science Centre – IMAX Theatre

21/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , | Leave a comment

Glasgow’s Lend/Lease plan wins approval

No need to go into any real detail since I went over this one when it was proposed.

There might have been more of a story had the proposal NOT been adopted – it would almost have been worth the disaster to see just how those who might have opposed the plan were able to ‘magic’ up some £550 million out of thin air.

Then again, as with all such things, those who create such problems are seldom the ones who then have to find a solution – they just sit smugly on the sidelines, safe in the knowledge that they’re not responsible for fixing problems they create.

So, the list of properties was announced, and under the proposals the following venues would be transferred to the City Property portfolio:

  • Emirates Arena
  • Riverside Museum
  • SEC Armadillo
  • Scotstoun Leisure Centre
  • Tollcross International Swimming Centre
  • Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
  • Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
  • City Halls
  • Toryglen Football Centre
  • Gorbals Leisure Centre
  • Bellahouston Leisure Centre

Equal pay deal: Glasgow City Council approves £548m ‘remortgage’ plan

While the plan will see Glasgow bear the cost of this pay deal (not the current council’s fault, but a legacy from its lovely predecessor – the one that made so many Glaswegians refer to the council as a ‘Bunch of crooks’), it does mean that it will only (sorry for using the word ‘only’) have to find a relatively small amount every year, although the net result is that it will be paying for longer, so the total bill over the period will be greater (than if it had been able to manage a quicker plan).

At a meeting on Thursday, city leader Susan Aitken said this would be one of the most significant issues councillors would ever have to consider.

She said: “I’m delighted to have won backing for a deal that finally delivers pay justice for thousands of women in our workforce.

“When I became council leader in 2017, I promised I’d bring to an end more than a decade of inaction on equal pay.

“A year ago, we began negotiations and, today, the council formally agreed a plan to pay women at Glasgow City Council what they are owed.

“That starts to put right a wrong that has damaged the council, its workforce and the city for too long.

“I want to thank the women for their determination; their dedication to the city and its people, and for trusting me to deliver what they have always deserved.”

Also among the building that the council expects to become part of the City Property portfolio are Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Tollcross International Swimming Centre, City Halls, Toryglen Football Centre, Gorbals Leisure Centre and Bellahouston Leisure Centre.

The council said it would still be managing the venues and that visitors would see no day-to-day changes.

Glasgow ‘to sell’ concert hall to pay £500m equal pay bill

It’s just a shame the bill can’t be handed to the ones responsible for us being where we are today.

They have effectively walked off laughing into the sunset – and played a ‘Get out of jail for free’ card.

Funny thing…

The only place on that list which I have been in is Riverside! (Even with a fence around it.)

Riverside Fenced

Riverside Fenced

Now enjoy the moron’s take on this deal

Fortunately, I seldom assign anything a political ‘colour’ but, as expected, the morons that live under the stones of The Scotsman’s Moron Comment section leapt into full ‘ignorant’ mode later, and if you want a good laugh, then I recommend having a look through their truly brilliant reinterpretations of how this sort of deal works, matched only be their complete and utter ignorance of where the need to find this money arose in the first place

Glasgow Council to sell key assets before leasing them back in £500m remortgaging deal

That’ll be me at the front, with one of those commenters behind me.

Sad and Happy

Sad and Happy

09/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , | Leave a comment

Glasgow – Mugged into hosting yet another sporting event

A classic radio comedy series was broadcast by the BBC between 1962 and 1977, about two lazy, bungling, incompetent civil servants, “Number One” – Roland Hamilton-Jones (Wilfrid Hyde-White) and later Deryck Lennox-Brown (Deryck Guyler), “Number Two” – Richard Lamb (Richard Murdoch).

The 8th Series (1972) began with an episode called ‘The Conference Trick’

Lennox-Brown and Lamb gets the job of representing Great Britain at a conference which will divide the surface of planet Venus between the countries of the world. They were chosen especially to fail, since Great Britain doesn’t have funds for the colonization of Venus. Yet, they somehow failed to fail… and instead of coming back with nothing, came back with rights to the whole planet!

I tend to think of all the other host countries breathing a sigh of relief every time Glasgow wins the right to host (and PAY for) yet another period of upheaval and disruption for its citizens.

The other host cities managed to make it LOOK as if they wanted to win, but were really playing their cards carefully, knowing Glasgow has some sort of mental failure when it comes to seeing the true cost of hosting all this nonsense, and every time Gasgow wins ANOTHER of these events, they all head home, laughing.

Glasgow will become the first city to host the inaugural combined World Championships in 2023, cycling’s world governing body the UCI has announced.

The event will bring together 13 existing World Championships for the first time, including road, track, BMX and mountain biking, turning the host city “into a true world cycling capital” according to UCI president David Lappartient.

Last month, Glasgow Live reported that Glasgow City Council and EventScotland approached the UCI about hosting the event .

In a report to the city administration committee, Deputy Leader of the council, David McDonald, said: “This will be the biggest cycling event in the world with over 100 countries represented and over 200 world champions being crowned during the course of the championships.

“The huge media interest will guarantee worldwide broadcast coverage delivering massive international profile for both Glasgow and Scotland.

Glasgow set to host first ever UCI World Cycling Championships event

Aye, Right!

If you say so.

I’m not wasting time commenting again.

Stop! It's a money pit

08/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , | Leave a comment

Council has to spend £6 million BEFORE the old meat market site is developed

At least it’s not money down the drain, like the £15 million being extorted from Glasgow City Council for YET ANOTHER sporting fiasco event.

But is interesting to see that while it has to close the Winter Garden at the People’s Palace while it find £7.5 million to carry out restoration and maintenance, it seems there’s no problem in finding almost £6 million to make a derelict site (which has lain derelict for years) attractive to developers.

While I’m NOT going to make a silly remark about this spend, because the council IS responsible for providing a number of essential services to the area, as part of the city’s infrastructure, I am going to query whether or not it should be responsible for picking up the WHOLE of thee bill, since any developer that subsequently takes up the option of the site is gaining a ‘free’ benefit of taxpayer’s money – by which I mean MY Council Tax. And I won’t see ANY benefit from that.

Just Sayin’.

These are days of austerity, where funding is tight, spending is being cut, budgets are shrinking, and more costs are being levied on those who are responsible for them.

GLASGOW City Council is inviting contractors to bid for a £5.7million project as part of plans to transform the Meat Market site in the East End.

The infrastructure and public realm contract covers construction of new roads, high quality hard and soft landscaping, rain gardens, architectural feature lighting and street furniture.

The work, which is expected to take 12 months to carry out, will also include street lighting, sewers, a drainage system, water and gas mains, electricity distribution — including a new sub-station — and telecommunications ducts,

The project is required to make the land bounded by Duke Street, Bellgrove Street and Melbourne Street attractive to developers.

£5.7MILLION Contract To Flesh Out Glasgow Meat Market Site

Public consultation on plans for 250 flats has already started.

I know I collected pics of the remaining wall and gate in Bellgrove Street, but just can’t find them, so have to go with something similar, and already seen.

I’m guessing this bit in Duke Street survived since there was a substation behind the wall.

Those old sheds behind won’t (survive).

Glasgow meat market site

Glasgow meat market site

05/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Pay deal could see Glasgow City Council adopt leaseback option for properties

While the old fogies will no doubt be up in arms and having strokes, palpitations, and panic attacks, we live in a different world from that of two or three generations ago, and it’s refreshing to see Glasgow City Council is not entrenched in the dead-end thinking it suffered from in the past. Then, it was almost frightening to look in the papers (yes, newspapers) and see the next ‘Tale of the Unbelievable’.

It may come as a surprise to some, but money doesn’t actually grow on trees, nor can it be magicked up out of thin air by consulting the latest Harry Potter novel.

On top of whatever else ‘new money’ the council has to come up with – cough cough Winter Garden cough cough – there’s now something in the order of £550 million to settle a pay deal extorted by threats of strike action (oh don’t be so childish – call it what it is!).

There’s money in property, but it needs thought to realise it as negotiable funds.

If you own it, like a spare house or second home, you can sell it – but that doesn’t work if it’s your only property, and you want to live in it.

If you need to keep it, then you need to sell it and agree terms to live in it. That way you get a pot, can ‘enjoy’ the benefits, and just toss a few pennies at the new owner.

This has been done on the Continent for years, and there have been some famous tales reported in the media where an older person has had the last laugh on the ‘buyer’. Instead of ‘popping their clogs’ after a few years, they’ve lived to a really ripe old age, and the buyer can’t increase the charge they make to let the old soul live in the property, evict them, or end the deal, which has no limit and only matures when the person dies.

An equal pay deal costing Glasgow City Council more than £500 million could be funded by selling some its most popular venues to an arm’s-length company.

The deal in principle came after thousands of council workers walked out on a 48-hour strike in October to settle the long-running dispute over women’s pay.

On Friday, the local authority published a report to go before members of the City Administration Committee next week, which stated the settlement will cost an anticipated £548 million.

City Property Glasgow Investments LLP (CPGI) was requested by the council to consider what capital could be realised from the property assets of both parties.

The proposals include “the option of sale and leaseback of certain council operational properties”, meaning the company would acquire sites such as the Riverside Museum, SEC Armadillo and Emirates Arena.

Council leader Susan Aitken said: “I’ve always been clear that, although settling equal pay has been about delivering justice for thousands of the women in our workforce, meeting the substantial cost of doing that must be fair for citizens.

“Releasing the potential of our property, while keeping it in the city’s ownership, protects services and the future of these valued assets.”

Long-term loans will fund CPGI’s purchases, with the council’s lease payments meeting the borrowing cost.

The paper will go before the committee on Thursday February 6 as discussions continue with potential funders.

Glasgow council considers selling venues to fund equal pay deal

There could be fun to come as this is considered.

And it’s already started, if you’re prepared to offend your eyes and take at look at the sad drivel which appeared in the usual Scotsman’s Moron Comment section after the article.

If Lend/Lease was good enough for World War II, then… 😉

If you would prefer not to have your eyeballs and brain assaulted by seeing any of the moronic comments after The Scotsman article, follow this alternative link…

Glasgow venues may be ‘sold’ to fund equal pay deal



02/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Glaswegian logic – Ye cannae whack it!

Brilliant story spotted this evening, and probably a complete lack of understanding of how funding works.

While I think some previous posts I’ve made make it clear I’d far sooner see the money being squandered on YET ANOTHER outsider sporting event being parachuted into Glasgow (where I doubt the citizens want it) spent elsewhere, since a mere £7.5 million would restore the People’s Palace Winter Garden AND leave £7.5 million to spare for something else, my past experience in business and winning grants and funding suggests this is not even a starter, let alone an option.

The reality is that most of these awards are subject to the funds being used for a specified purpose.

If not, they are subject to cancellation, or repayment if they have been misused or misappropriated and used for something else.

Sorry, but that’s the REAL world.

Campaigners looking to save a Dennistoun swimming pool from closure have called on the council to prioritise protecting local facilities.

The Save Whitehill Pool initiative made the appeal to Glasgow City Council after £15 million was approved last week for Glasgow to bid to host the Union Cycliste Internationale Cycling World Championships in 2023.

If the Council’s bid is successful, the first UCI Championships would combine 13 existing individual cycling world championships into one event.

But campaigners are calling for the money to instead be used to protect facilities around Glasgow after a leaked council budget document showed that Whitehill Pool is one of several facilities facing closure with Dennistoun also potentially losing Alexandra Park Golf Course and Glasgow Club Haghill.

Campaign to save Dennistoun pool calls on council to use money to protect local facilities

It shouldn’t come as a great surprise.

After all, if you could do this so easily, without legal conditions on the award, then there would be nothing to stop the unscrupulous from submitting a wonderful, popular, funding application for something everybody would approve in an instant…

Then running off with the cash and using it for something that they wouldn’t have a had a hope in hell of getting money for.

Running Of With Your Money

01/02/2019 Posted by | council | | Leave a comment

Time to stop throwing council/tax millions at sporting events

Ever since a close watch of the spending reports on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games stupidity, and learning that the organisers are NOT the ones who fund their fun, but the poor mugs of the host city who foot the bill, I’ve been amazed that few realise this, and even fewer object to having their money (taxes) squandered on the promised/claimed benefits they supposedly bring.

A few days ago it was revealed that Glasgow was being coerced into pouring some £15 million into another ‘Sport Black Hole’, to host the first World Cycling Championships in 2023.

Guess what?

That initial £15 million has already grown by £40 million (so that’s already £55 million, to be blackmailed from partners and the Scottish Government, on the basis that we simply HAVE to host this.

This when the council needs to find £500 million for its recent equal pay settlement, and more importantly, £7.5 million to renovate the Winter Garden of the People’s Palace.

Those behind this money grab MAY just be beginning to realise the people might not be fooled for much longer.

Amidst fears public libraries and swimming pools could close through lack of funding, Glasgow councillors will bid to host a £50 million cycling event.

Glasgow City Council has one week left to convince the Union Cyclist International (UCI) to allow the area to present the inaugural World Cycling Championships in 2023.

The local authority would spend £15 million on the tournament and have to secure the remaining £35 to £40 million from partners and the Scottish Government.

Councillors agreed it would add to the “legacy” of the city but some raised concerns that residents might not be so welcoming with budget cuts looming.

Councillor Archie Graham said: “It is unfortunate congress is next week. This means the council will only have a week to speak to funding partners and the Scottish Government to confirm they will fund the rest of the event.

“We already have challenging budget pressures. I do worry that people will be unimpressed to see the council spending £15 million on a large scale event when their libraries and swimming pools are under threat.

“We need to have a good communication strategy otherwise we will receive a lot of criticism.”

Councillor Elaine McDougall added: “I think this is a flimsy proposal and we need something more concrete.

“I would like more information. I know it will benefit the city overall but will it benefit the public purse?”

Depute Leader of the Council councillor David McDonald said: “It will benefit the social aspect of the city as well as the economy. The council has been asked to fund £12 million of the event, which is costing £45-50 million overall.

“The local authority will then spend a further £3 million engaging with tourists and locals who want to get involved in the games.

Councillor Matt Kerr said: “This is a legacy. Glasgow has undertaken a long journey to get here and to be able to host these events.

“We have developed a very positive relationship with the UCI and as a former road racer I am looking forward to 2023 and the opportunity to take part.

“I have four years to get my act together.”

Glasgow councillors raise budget concerns about World Cycling Championships bid

You have to love that last quote.

You’d never guess the speaker had any self-interest in the proposal…

So should recuse themselves!

Stop! It's a money pit

26/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , | Leave a comment

More sporty types hold their hands out for Glasgow’s money?

As usual, I can only wonder at the reality of the claims made about this (sport) being ‘Good’ for Glasgow, and how I feel like I’m being treated like an idiot when I read some news.

Or how many people realise that the organisers behind these sporting jamborees don’t have to pay the host city for the privilege of disrupting it, and its residents, for weeks/months/years as it makes ready for them to have a whole week or two of fun at the host city’s expense.

The host coughs up the funding to attract them, and then pays for new venues, modifications to existing venues, any new things (like athletes’ villages), and all the organisation and management – THEN has to supply mindless ranks of thousands of unpaid VOLUNTEERS to staff them for the duration, and they’re daft enough to do it for expenses (maybe).

Are these numbers produced by people/organisations promoting this stuff (and recipients of work/cash), or are they independently audited figures which take into account ALL the costs?

A TRUE reckoning might be enlightening (and maybe shocking).

Seems ‘we’ can always find hundreds of millions for sport promotions…

But can’t find less than £10 million to preserve our own assets, such as Winter Gardens. And one actually right beside a holy sporting venue.

In the last decade Glasgow has invested more than £200m in its sporting venues attracting world-class athletes and international supporters and spectators.

Since 2009, attendances at Glasgow Club sports facilities have increased by more than 50%, meaning more and more adults are taking positive steps to improve their health and wellbeing.

In addition, the number of junior members attending sports clubs across the city has more than quadrupled, demonstrating children are increasingly becoming active in sport at an earlier age.

Sport also adds huge value to the city’s economy contributing approximately £367m and employing around 10,000 people across the sector.

Glasgow bids for European capital of sport title

After all the self-praise these things generate, and all the patting of backs for those involved, we get all those apparently wonderful numbers.

Financial number (claims) which are put into stark perspective when we read that…

Celtic contribute around £165m to Scotland’s economy annually – more than the 2014 Commonwealth Games – according to a report commissioned by the club.

Let me repeat that…

more than the 2014 Commonwealth Games

I should add I don’t care about sport/Celtic/events, BUT I do care when I read stuff that makes me feel as if I am being treated like an idiot, which I do whenever I read about these endless bids for sporting events, and the ‘magic’ numbers relating to their finances and after effects.

Maybe I should be indulging in some of the Buckfast seen below when reading those figures.


25/01/2019 Posted by | council | , | Leave a comment

Time to make events pay their way, NOT the hosts – especially when our Winter Gardens are rotting

I wonder if people are generally aware that lucky events like the Commonwealth Games (dumped on Glasgow in 2014), The Olympic Games (probably never coming to Glasgow, thank goodness), and now the first ever World Cycling Championships (set for August 2023, don’t have to PAY for the privilege of disrupting the cities they take place, or all the work needed to allow them to take place.

Glassgow was ‘taken’ for something like £300+ million by the Commonwealth Games, and is now being asked for £15 million in advance of the cycling event.

As usual, the promoters are blackmailing the hosts with promised of wonderful returns and benefits which they will lose out on if they don’t throw money at the organisers, and bring the event Glasgow.

GLASGOW councillors are being urged to approve £15million towards the city hosting most of the events in the first ever World Cycling Championships, taking place in August 2023.

The world governing body for cycling, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), revealed last year a plan to combine around a dozen existing individual cycling world championships into one major event every four years.

Following an approach by Glasgow and EventScotland, the UCI has given an exclusive opportunity to Glasgow/Scotland to present its case to host the first championships. The final submission, including funding commitments from the major partners, has to be made by February 2019.

A report to city councillors stated: “This will be the biggest cycling event in the world with over 100 countries represented and over 200 World Champions being crowned during the course of the Championships. The huge media interest will guarantee worldwide broadcast coverage delivering massive international profile for both Glasgow and Scotland.

CHANCE For Glasgow To Get On Its Bike For Historic Hosting Of World’s Biggest Cycling Championships

I’m not even going to waste more of my time digging into this.

You can read more of the fantasy in the linked article. It’s pretty much a self-explaining fiasco.

What I will say is that it’s a scandal that I would NOT mock dopey MP Paul Sweeney if he questioned it with the same vigour he did after hearing ‘tale telling’ about the plants in the People’s Palace Winter Garden.

But, I doubt we’ll hear as much as a squeak.

That this famous and long established Winter Garden should be languishing in closure for the lack of £7.5 million while there is a farcical demand for £15 million to be poured into a transient event that lasts for a few days is little short of shameful.

And gets even worse when we reflect on the dead shell that was Tollcross Winter Garden, closed after some 2011 storm damage, and could not be spared a penny when the millions were being squandered on the Commonwealth Games, and in particular the swimming pool in the sports centre only a few metres from that glasshouse.

As they say…

Somebody need to GET A GRIP!

Tollcross Winter Garden – ignored while millions were spent on an adjacent Commonwealth Games venue…

Tollcross Winter Gardens Derelict

Tollcross Winter Gardens Derelict

People’s Palace Winter Garden – closed while £7.5 million is searched for, but £15 million is being demanded for a cycling event…

Closed Winter Garden North

Closed Winter Garden North

18/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , | Leave a comment

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