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> Time To Restore Dignity To George Square?, A decision for the people of Glasgow
greta
post 31st Jan 2013, 09:35am
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I am in with the mind of returning the square back to its Victorian splendour.After all this area is a cultural and historical part of Glasgow and Scotland and should remain so. As to the council its about time they recognized peoples feelings about this area and found another dumping ground for their so called activities and venues. George square is too important a piece of Glasgows heritage to be mucked around with in this or any other way. Put it back to the beloved way it was and spend your money in other more social enterprises. Like in the refurbishment of another piece of our national heritage, Wallaces Well.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 09:44am
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If you were to consider George Square as a building rather than a public square then a radical overhaul would have been unthinkable. The same careful thought had been applied in its construction as went into building the city chambers, the central hotel or even the layout of the necropolis. Radical change to a fine work is wrong. Careful restoration is perfectly acceptable.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 09:56am
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QUOTE (CAMPSIE @ 31st Jan 2013, 01:09am) *
Change is good but only when it brings improvements, this clearly does not. Shameful that refuse bins should be left next to the war memorial. I for one would like to see George square returned to an oasis where people can sit in a peaceful atmosphere and recharge their batteries or soothe the minds even for a short time. More trees flowers and a water feature where it is pleasant to spend time........an oasis in the centre of Glasgow as it once was is needed again. I have memories of sitting reading a book in George Square in my lunch break, but quite often I would sit and enjoy the flowers as we didn't have a garden then. I say RESTORE GEORGE SQUARE to a GREEN OASIS !

I couldn't agree more; not all change is progress. I was travelling on the Glasgow Expressway recently and viewed the new stadium being constructed. There are several venues already in Glasgow, large and small, that are available for holding sporting and entertainment events, so why can't George Square be left as the green oasis in the middle of our metropolis that the Victorians designed for us all to enjoy.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 10:07am
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Can you imagine the hullabaloo if they decided to remove the objects that make Trafalgar Square what it is? The Cenotaphs were put into MAIN public areas for people to remember with gratitude the sacrifices made, most statues were by public subscription in days when a penny was a penny. I totally agree there are plenty of Arena size areas for pop concerts etc., and the fairground is already running at the secc, perhaps they could allow free entry and encourage more people to go.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 10:35am
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Until the citizens of Glasgow themselves make their opposition known to their Council representatives (the councillors that they elect) I am afraid no notice will be taken by the likes of Matheson and his cohorts.
We can see by the current voting results of the surveys on here that the vast majority of those interested enough to take part wish the Square to be restored to its former state of a place to relax during lunch-breaks or indeed at any time really.
I would go even further and make the roads around the Square Traffic free except for public transport, tourist transport and emergency vehicles. I would prevent all parking as it seems the only vehicles parked there at the moment are Blue badge holders, the majority of which I would hazard a guess being used illegally as the Holder of the badge is probably at home whilst a family member is using the badge.
I know the Council is to be congratulated in holding more and more commercial enterprises within the Glasgow area. This is a welcome financial benefit to the public coffers BUT this money is then wasted on providing such items as 20 or so ipads for senior members of the council.
I will be making my views known by e-mail to my representatives and by face to face meetings to remind them that they are there to represent us and our wishes not their own private ideas.
It is just a pity that it is every 3 years rather than just 1 year for re-election but I understand there must be a reasonable time given for them to try to implement things.
Perhaps this is a long-winded way of saying "I don't agree" with the current method of the council in ignoring the wishes of Glaswegians in the matter how the city should be run.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 10:45am
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As a Glaswegian living in England, I am appalled to think of the changes the council are planning for George's Square, this is a place we hold with love and deep affection and the citizens of Glasgow should be rising up to show the council how much this precious place means to us all, shame on them for even considering changing George's Square it is a beloved part of our heritage, holding the fondest memories of happy times spent there, there are so many other parts of Glasgow that they could change but please not our dear old square. Very upset proud Glaswegian.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 01:12pm
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Comments above pretty much reflect my own feelings . The Square for me has gone from being a very special place . A place where I always enjoyed having a seat, maybe reading , people -watching , or just relaxing . To now being a place which, at times , is the essence of vulgarity .

Thought it was just me getting on a bit. Reading through the posts reassures me that I'm not alone !

Hi, I agree with Ossie's comments. The square was once a very special place, not now. Last year we took visitors from Buffalo,USA through it. It was late afternoon and crowd of some 10/12 people, not youths,were hanging about being a bit noisy, we felt intimidated. A young man passed by, then a man from this group ran after him. For no apparent reason attacked him punching and pushing him around, shouting at him. The young man got up and ran across the road shaken. The attacker went back to his group where the others HIGH FIVED him, congratulating him. It's not a place where I would take my grandchildren to sit now. I would prefer grass rather than concrete with some nice mature trees around.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 01:20pm
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Elected officials? Unelect them already and get people in who aren't bought and paid for.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 01:23pm
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George sq belongs toGglasgow, it should be returned to what it was in the 60s, no events, no sideshows.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 01:25pm
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That was the intention of the science tower Joseph , for both tourists and Glaswegians , unfortunately it's spent a lot of time out of action with mechanical problems !! Xx

The problem with the science tower is the two times I have taken my children there it has been raining and you cant get a very good view at all. Might I suggest window wipers lol. On a more serious note leave the square as it was. If its not broken dont ....... S
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post 31st Jan 2013, 02:26pm
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QUOTE (Joseph Mc @ 31st Jan 2013, 05:51am) *
Blackpool has one. Paris has one, Seattle has one. Almost every city of note can be identified by a high structure or tower (eg The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The Eifel Tower in Paris ). How about investing in a giant tower like the Seattle one which will give Glasgow iconic status and act as both a magnet for tourists and a viewing platform for the citizens.

Where do you want it erected ... George Square? rolleyes.gif


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post 31st Jan 2013, 02:29pm
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QUOTE (greta @ 31st Jan 2013, 09:52am) *
I am in with the mind of returning the square back to its Victorian splendour.After all this area is a cultural and historical part of Glasgow and Scotland and should remain so. As to the council its about time they recognized peoples feelings about this area and found another dumping ground for their so called activities and venues. George square is too important a piece of Glasgows heritage to be mucked around with in this or any other way. Put it back to the beloved way it was and spend your money in other more social enterprises. Like in the refurbishment of another piece of our national heritage, Wallaces Well.

I was born and raised in Glasgow but like many of my generation I left to find employment.I agree with most of the sentiments expressed here but it seems to me that,whilst much has changed for the better in the city,too much of the historical and what might be termed the heritage of the city is being ignored and in some instances expunged.Over the years the "disease"called political correctness has infected people in power to the point where that heritage doesn't count for anything.The leader's recent dismissal of the statues as"UNKNOWN relics of a bygone age"along with the absence of any reference to the location of The Wallace Monument at Robroyston and the Well further along the road coupled with the neglect of the Springburn Public Halls (now demolished) and the Winter Gardens in Springburn Park (no doubt soon to follow) suggests that there is no respect left within the Council for these places.
There are plenty of thriving commercial enterprises in the city and venues already referred to by others for "events. Glasgow needs the Square to be a place of refuge and quiet contemplation amidst the hurly burly of daily activity in the city.
RESTORE IT SOON.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 04:15pm
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The comments above has just re-iterated what I was saying last week about spending much-loved lunch hours sitting on the grass (if you could even find a space) and enjoying the beautiful trees and flowerbeds.

I have just returned from holidaying in Australia last week and couldn't help but admire how the town planners there have grass, botanical areas and beautiful squares with benches every few metres. In Brisbane the riverside is a pleasurable place to spend a day with family areas for relaxing and their cenotaph has a whole square with an eternal flame burning and beautiful bronze statues to remember and honour the fallen and that square leads into another landscaped square.

I don't think, if our town planners have their way, we will be known as the green city much longer. I totally agree we have more than enough areas to host concerts, christmas markets and the square being turned over to the commercialism of a showground at Christmastime is a sad reflection on the consumerism ideology with which people live their lives by today. Restore George Square to it's original greenery with perhaps a water feature and let the Glaswegians once again take time to smell the roses.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 06:19pm
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I spend about 50% of my time in Glasgow and 50% in Toronto. Toronto boasts an austere concrete square with an ice rink, perfect for all sorts of events. Generally in keeping with the hideous architecture of Metro Hall. It works for them. Glasgow on the other hand boasts buildings of great beauty and architectural significance. Why oh why must Glasgow's City Fathers (and I use that term very loosely) denigrate our heritage on the whimsical notion that they are keeping up with the times. It doesn't work! We love Glasgow as it is (and the Square as it was). If we must have a venue for street entertainment consider other locations, perhaps St Enoch Square. I'm totally for events in the City, just not at the expense of our heritage. I'm still upset about changing the name of Royal Exchange Square to Nelson Mandela Square.
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post 31st Jan 2013, 08:53pm
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QUOTE (Yogihughes @ 31st Jan 2013, 10:52am) *
Blue badge holders, the majority of which I would hazard a guess being used illegally as the Holder of the badge is probably at home whilst a family member is using the badge.

Think yourself fortunate you do not require the few facilities afforded by a Blue Badge my friend. If you did, I know you would not be making such crude assumptions. The Square has much more serious considerations than this. rolleyes.gif


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