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> Buchanan Galleries Expansion Plan, Has The SNP Saved Glasgow £56m?
George Brown
post 31st Mar 2011, 09:24pm
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I am not sure on the point, but I read somewhere that many of the owners of shopping complex in the area, are not Scottish owned. I do recall not so long ago that Silverburn changed ownership I dare say the same could happen to any large property.

I can appreciate security etc, etc. but I find it annoying, and referring to the Greenock Oak Mall that on certain days and in evenings, there is no public access and pedestrians are obliged to circumnavigate the complex.
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post 31st Mar 2011, 09:34pm
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Well nobody can accuse you of lacking in ambition for REAL change, in the run up to local Elections!

Where are you standing, Rabbie?

I think you may jist score a direct HIT with this approach laugh.gif


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post 31st Mar 2011, 09:38pm
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QUOTE (George Brown @ 31st Mar 2011, 09:41pm) *
I am not sure on the point, but I read somewhere that many of the owners of shopping complex in the area, are not Scottish owned. ...

You are correct, George, both are based in London. The Buchanan Galleries are owned by Land Securities & Henderson Global Investors.

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Land Securities Group plc is the largest commercial property company in the UK and the leading British property development and investment company headquartered in central London. The company owns and manages more than 29,000,000 sq ft of commercial property, from London offices and high street shops to major shopping centres and out-of-town retail parks. As at 30 September 2009 the property portfolio was valued at £8.7bn. The company's net income in 2009 was £5,1945 million. Source.

Henderson Global Investors
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Henderson Group plc is a British investment management company based in the City of London. The company provides its retail, institutional and high net-worth clients with access to skilled investment professionals representing a broad range of asset classes, including equities, fixed income, property, private equity and cash. Henderson is one of Europe's largest investment managers, with £60.3 billion in assets under management, employing more than 930 people worldwide. Net income in 2009 was £14.5 million. Source.

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post 31st Mar 2011, 10:00pm
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One area that is, unfortunately, really struggling just now is the Trongate. All the shops shown in the photo below have closed in the last six months, supporting Harry Reid's claim in the topic's first post that:

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We can't understand why the council would put money in to doing up the top of Buchanan Street, he said. That will just suck business away from the Trongate, the Merchant City, Argyle Street and, yes, parts of Sauchiehall Street too.

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post 31st Mar 2011, 10:47pm
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O'no dont change this magnificent area it could never be improved on, its one of the most beautiful spots left in Glasgow.
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post 31st Mar 2011, 10:47pm
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This latest "get rich quick" scheme by Glasgo City Council may well benefit the companies involved, but I think there are more urgent priorities for 56 million quid of taxpayers money. Furra start, they could fill in some of the potholes on the road.


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post 31st Mar 2011, 11:07pm
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I wonder how much money changed hands to get this proposal made.

Previous comments are spot on.

Vote these paracites out ASAP.
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post 2nd Apr 2011, 01:41am
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To be fair to the councillors who want to gift a mega-rich company £millions - I think it is laziness and lack of imagination rather than brown envelopes. When was the last time a Labour councillor had a good idea? Can anyone remember? Answers on a postcard........
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post 3rd Apr 2011, 09:07pm
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I am only glad that we have a Government in Edinburgh that can stop the excesses of the Labour run City Council. They have proved more than capable of standing up to both the politicians in London and the would be powerbrokers in our City.
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post 4th Apr 2011, 10:55am
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Wonder where that staunch Labourite, Dexter, is? Surely he will have something to say on this?
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post 4th Apr 2011, 01:25pm
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When will the people of Glasgow wake up and see that labour are no good for our city. Their bad management will be the death of the city.Thank god for the SNP and a bit of sanity.
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post 4th Apr 2011, 11:14pm
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Serabash, i agree about labour party and have been saying they have to go for a long time but old habits die hard for too many people and some think its better the devil they know. I used to vote SNP but personally think Mr Salmon has mental heath problem so they lost my vote a while back. Mary rolleyes.gif
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post 15th Apr 2011, 12:35pm
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The one way to solve this whole charade is to vote on the 5th of May.


Vote, feck them, and feck the vote...... rolleyes.gif


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post 15th Apr 2011, 05:16pm
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QUOTE (benny @ 31st Mar 2011, 11:04pm) *
This latest "get rich quick" scheme by Glasgo City Council may well benefit the companies involved, but I think there are more urgent priorities for 56 million quid of taxpayers money. Furra start, they could fill in some of the potholes on the road.


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post 22nd Apr 2011, 10:07am
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A very interesting reflection by Pat Kane on the state of Glasgow city centre, and on the state of a Glaswegian mentality that increasingly appears to be driven by a frenzied, superfluous consumption that defies the city's proud history:

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... I sat there the other day, looking back on this brawling, greedy, hyper-retailed city centre, and allowed the most regular thought in my head these days to slowly emerge. How do we ever get from this huge collective investment in conspicuous consumption, to anything remotely resembling a materially sustainable society?

In Glasgow at least, shopping is clearly the main ritual (apart from the fitba’) of inclusion, status and belonging for so many – from the determined families with their fistfuls of Primark and sports-shop bags, to the leggy apparitions slipping into people-carriers with wispy, expensive things dangling from their fingers.

The writer and film-maker Ewan Morrison has been charting this territory with his Tales From The Mall, well worth a visit. But his hipster’s disdain, though eloquent and witty, isn’t enough of a response to the sheer momentum of Glasgow’s (or anywhere else’s) consumer frenzy. ...

He goes on to ask questions of council attitude and policy:

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... Shouldn’t councils such as Glasgow begin to recognise the contradiction between their espoused socialist history, and the consciousness-fragmenting consumerism that overpowers what should be a great convivial space for its citizens? Can they shift the needle of civic priorities in the city centre away from the chip-and-pin device? ...

Let's hope he's not expecting answers any time soon!

Walking through Glasvegas, from consumerism to sustainability
http://patkane.caledonianmercury.com/2011/...inability/00305

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