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It's been a deeply humiliating few months for Glasgow. Ridicule and scorn from near and far has been heaped on the city because of the continuing George Square debacle. First, following a deeply-flawed survey of less than 50 Glaswegians, Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson informed us that all the statues were to be removed from our beloved civic square. Then, after a hugely costly and controversial international design competition to revamp the square, the council leader announced that a winner had been decided upon... only to take the expensive scheme off the table in favour of what he now calls a "substantial facelift".

The problem remains, though, that the council's latest £15 million facelift, although removing the unpopular red tarmac, is not intended to restore our beloved square to the verdant Victorian splendour which we enjoyed up until 1998. Instead of repairing the damage it inflicted unceremoniously 15 years ago – when flower beds, grassed areas and the square's famous Swedish white beam trees were removed – the council now plans to renovate George Square with a view to dramatically increasing the number of commercial events which can be staged there.

Effectively, Glaswegians are to lose the civic heart of Glasgow – and arguably the heart of Scotland – to a plethora of pop concerts, sports events, product launches, and what some people think is a dire Christmas carnival. On the last point, Glaswegian journalist Kevin McKenna noted in the Observer at the weekend:

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"Before the councillors wrecked it, George Square was a magical place to visit at Christmas. On the north side, towards Queen Street station, Mary and Joseph took up residence inside a lovingly constructed glass stable with the saviour of the world, three kings and some shepherds. Christmas decorations garlanded all four sides of the square and it was a happy and tranquil place to be in the season of peace and goodwill.

I couldn't tell you now if the manger has recently featured at Christmas in George Square simply because so much noise, cheap rouge and coconut shy malarkey goes on every December that the entire place should be given an asbo. A dirty, big white wheel becomes the centrepiece instead of a child born in a stable and instead of wise men bearing gifts there is an assortment of tawdry games and stalls. You won't hear carols now, only the implacable grinding of an electric generator. It is a charnel house."

Do you think George Square should be returned to how it was before – reintroducing the flower beds, greenery and trees – restoring the square to the people of Glasgow for a more tranquil usage? Or do you believe that George Square should be prepared for increased commercialisation in order to (according to the council) boost the number of visitors to the city centre who then might spend money in nearby shops and restaurants, thus helping sustain jobs in the city's service sector?

The photo below was taken just after Remembrance Sunday, as preparations were made to transform the square for the Christmas carnival. Four large 'events' refuse bins were, for days, propped up against the Cenotaph, the memorial which honours the many thousands of Glaswegians who gave their lives so that we could be free.

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campsie
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 !
Jazzsaxman
Well what can you say about politicians and council leaders that has not already been said. Self centered morons the lot of them.
Somebody should put a statue of Gordon Matheson in George Square. It would be a laugh to see a big stone numpty there.
Guest
QUOTE (Jazzsaxman @ 31st Jan 2013, 01:19am) *
Well what can you say about politicians and council leaders that has not already been said. Self centered morons the lot of them.
Somebody should put a statue of Gordon Matheson in George Square. It would be a laugh to see a big stone numpty there.

There was one and only one politician to enter parliament with genuine good intentions; that was Guido (Guy) Fawkes.
Kassy
I loved sitting in George Square when I had my lunch time it was great just watching everything around my quiet time so why not leave things that are not broken and part of our heritage.

I used to get the last bus home from here after clubbing with my mates.

It brings back great memories.


Kassy
jeani
George square should be returned to the way it was with its greenery and flowers and a proper survey should be done for Glaswegians to have their say on what's to be done with it , it is our square !! We should be properly consulted and listened to ! ,,, jeani , xx
zascot
George Square is the heart of Glasgow (The Dear Green Place) so why not make it again a"Dear Green Place" for all Glaswegians and visitors. I travel a lot on business and what better after a day in town than having a relaxed peaceful place to sit for 10 minutes to rejuvenate.Show the voting above to the council and they may wake up, but I doubt it.
Joseph Mc
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.
Ossie
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 !
kenb
ditto to the above posts wub.gif cool.gif ditto
Millymouse
I am disgusted on what they have done and are doing to the square.
I left Glasgow 1970 I have many memorys how the sqaure looked at Christmas, walking though hearing the carols being played. What a beautiful place to be held for all the people coming for the games. Let Gladgow Flourish, don't destroy it

Millymouse
jeani
QUOTE (Joseph Mc @ 31st Jan 2013, 10:51am) *
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.

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
chas1937
I totally agree with the poll results as we need to keep it way it was in all it's glory before some Council idiots decided too wreck Glasgow has plenty places where events can be held ie SECC and others of similar ilk.Hampden and Ibrox parks have also been used too great effect.
So too Glasgow City council aka Mathieson get yourself too hell and let more sensible people in to do job that your lot can't
*Angus*
Whilst I no longer live in Glasgow I have had a long association with the great City and still do. So, it will come as no surprise that developments of this nature that totally ignore the history of the City and the popular/majority view and are imposed in an expensive and chaotic manner.

I can only hope that Mr. Gordon Matheson's next job, and hopefully he will be seeking one soon, places him in a less influential position where he is less able to exercise his poor judgement in the manner he has done in the past.
Sibbo
Would it be possible for the City council to establish & maintain a continental-style cafe and catering facility in the square itself, thus not only generating needed income, but also adding to the tourist appeal of our great city?
greta
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.
DavidT
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.
reneeb
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.
GuestAnne
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.
Yogihughes
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.
Guest
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.
Waterman's daughter
QUOTE (Ossie @ 31st Jan 2013, 06:06am) *
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.
Professur
Elected officials? Unelect them already and get people in who aren't bought and paid for.
mollynsam
George sq belongs toGglasgow, it should be returned to what it was in the 60s, no events, no sideshows.
mustard
QUOTE (jeani @ 31st Jan 2013, 08:29am) *
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
TeeHeeHee
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
Harrymc
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.
Guest
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.
Malcolm M
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.
Rab
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
GG
With reference to the rushed (and unannounced) removal of the flower beds, grass and trees in 1998, it's informative to see the then council leader's reaction to the public disgust at the process.

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So Sorry as George Square is Ripped Up
Date: 8th September 1998 / Source: Daily Record

Council chiefs last night apologised to the people of Glasgow after bulldozers ripped the heart out of George Square. City council leader Frank McAveety admitted the Policy and Resources Committee had decided on the pounds 200,000 facelift without the public being told.

Work started last Thursday when the square's famous Swedish white beam trees where chopped down by workmen with chainsaws. Council bosses said the 75-year-old trees were felled because they had Dutch elm disease.

And yesterday, bulldozers moved into the square to tear up the colourful flower beds and the grass.

The move sparked angry protests from green pressure groups Friends of the Earth and the Scottish Tree Trust.

But Mr McAveety said: "The work will leave the square as green as ever. The work can only enhance what is a most important public space. We have apologised. We can't deny that the public were not told about the work. We regret the inconvenience the work has caused but the surface of the square needed upgrading."

Eight 15ft trees will replace the ones which were cut down, and the grass will remain around the war memorial.

But the flower beds have been taken away to make more space for bigger entertainment events.

The work is due to finish in time for Armistice Sunday on November 8.

GG.
Heather
The tree's were in tubs around the Square for a short time, then they vanished.
johnt0215
Before bestowing any more hair brained ego trips on us wee Mr Matheson wants to take a good look in the mirror and have a good attempt at restoring his own dignity!
Resigning would be a start!
We've already had the coke up the nose Purcell years, the man that sat in office making decisions whilst snorting coke during the Nursery Nurses strike the man who shafted everybody with his cronyism.
Just another wee sad numpty and now his alter ego's taken over, what is it with Glasgow City Council and poor choices of leadership?
This needs to be addressed who runs Glasgow City Council???????????????
denis
I was a telegram boy operating from around the back of a building that was opposite George Square. My recollections are not good, it was 60 years ago. I delivered telegrams et al to businesses around George Square and beyond. (A good job, I think it was, meant going just as far as the Square, as short a distance as possible. You could doddle a bit.) Innocently I almost missed the point. Of course George Square was magnificent. I just didn't quite take it in. Now to 2006 or so when I returned there last time. We were on a bus trip around the UK and we were a bit rushed into a restaurant, having crossed the Square (no pun intended). There was some form of Protest, with many people and police present. Unfortunate but I guess that sort of thing went on in my time as a resident of Glasgow (Possilpark), did it?

It is clear from your poll results that Glasgow people want to have the Square with its lawns and gardens in place, and as it was some years ago. Maybe there needs to be a special voting slip at the next election. Those who would change things may then require to wait to see what the majority wants. Based on the short poll done so far, we know that the times I knew, would be the future for George Square.

A mention was made above, about the peace that the religious flavour gave to the area at Christmas. I remember it too.

Thanks for the opportunity to say something about George Square.

Denis Hawthorne
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Scotsman
Theres another side to this that we read about last week but has not been mentioned here and that is how it was in the news that Matheson went in a huff and threw the toys oot the pram because he couldnae get his way on the panel that chose the winner. The story said that he only kidded on that he was listening to the public so that he could use it as an excuse to dump the whole competition because the judges went against his wishes.
*jean*
Why don't the who ever gets the contract for George square relocate Glasgow council offices to under it & let the public walk over them, the same way the council has been walking over the people of Glasgow.
Rab
QUOTE (Scotsman @ 1st Feb 2013, 08:13am) *
Theres another side to this that we read about last week but has not been mentioned here and that is how it was in the news that Matheson went in a huff and threw the toys oot the pram because he couldnae get his way on the panel that chose the winner. The story said that he only kidded on that he was listening to the public so that he could use it as an excuse to dump the whole competition because the judges went against his wishes.

Scotsman: As I stated in an earlier post - how do we know what the real truth of this matter is? We must beware of falling into the trap of believing everything we read in the press. I have assumed from Mathesons own public confessions that he has much to answer for, in fact, enough to resign, but that does not mean that he has acted as described, lets be fair to him here; if the truth outs and this was the case, then he has only 'convicted' himself further! Is there not some case here for some form of Public Inquiry into this whole affair, with the culprits being shown the door of City Chambers?
Guest
Yes Public Inquiry is need to sort this out and find out what happened.

What about Audit Scotland?
Scotsman
I agree with you Rab that what we need is a major enquiry of some kind into this but we have seen these people ride out this kind of thing so many times in the past and eventually nothing comes to it.

I have no faith in the system. What I find weird is that nobody on the judging panel came out to support Matheson and say the George Square selection huff story is mince. Even though they were hand picked by Matheson and surely they must look on him as a meal ticket.
tamhickey
The sooner this cabal of incompetents leave or more likely are forced from office the better. Hard earned cash is squandered on these "tribunes of the people" who seem merely to exist for the betterment of their own personal enrichment rather than the good governance of the City of Glasgow. Purcell and now Mathison have been embroiled in lurid stories which have not shown the city in a good light. The rest of the world must think we have an army of gay Berlusconi's when it comes to appointing leaders.
They say power corrupts, and the Labour Party has rotted to the bone in Glasgow, becoming an equal opportunity leader for chancers and liars.
The disgraceful £100,00 of your money wasted on the George Square upgrade possibilities, only to then be rubbished and rehashed yet again shows complete and utter contempt to the citizens of Glasgow and their opinions are rarely sought as though we just don't matter. It's more likely to be another of Mathison's ego trips where he wants to leave his legacy to the public.
I don't give a damn about his sexual preferences, I just wish he could give as much thought to the people who live here as to his much publicised peccadillos with other men.
cowcaddens kid
I used to work in the head post office building in the late 1970,and 80s, like many people in the surrounding offices we would go and sit in the suare or on the grass on a warm summers day(we did get some!) lunch time or tea break and it was really a serious loss of amenity when they tore it all up in the late 90s.
Their current bright ideas -what a waste of money and right in the middle of this recession too-- next thing will be not enough money to run the commonwealth games properly or afford to use these new facilities for the benifit of the citizens yet again.
Me I would add a set of stocks to stick the high handed councillors in with free fruit to throw-- although some off us might just pay a little for the rotten eggs.
In all the years of my life I dont think the city council have improved the "dear green place" and in some places they have blighted the amenities forever---SAD IS IT NO!
bilbo.s
Sad to relate, Glasgow is not the only place blighted by loony councillors. Nearby here in Roquetas de Mar, they are trying to regulate the pavement cafés and restaurants so that they all have white furniture with no advertising on them. In Nerja, one of the most popular Costa del Sol resorts, the eejit mayor has expressed the belief that the town has no need of tourists.
Heather
Nerja is a favourite Holiday place for my son and his family. They usually book a Villa for two weeks.

I must let him know he is no longer welcome there. rolleyes.gif

Having attended a Spanish University for a couple of years when a Student, my son speaks Spanish. So maybe he should email the Mayor and ask him why he no longer wants tourists.
frame
I have the feeling that this has more to do with a man's ego (Matheson) than any decisional need to upgrade George Square.
He is behaving like someone who suffers from the hubristic belief that he is right and as such is answerable to no one except God, (there have been many others in that mould, one very recently.)
He certainly knows how important George Square is to the people of Glasgow. He's very aware of how strong feeling is running against this plan and what's more, he doesn't appear to care.
He holds a high position in the city and in all probability considers himself omnipotent and above criticism.
The people of Glasgow have a major task on their hands if they want George square to be turned back into that little square acreage of trees, grass and summer days that sat in the middle of traffic but was an oasis of comfort and relaxation.
Protests en masse, coupled with a very sympathetic media for as long as it takes is one way.
Writing to this guy from every quarter is another, maybe help to ease his thinking. Nothing like sacks of mail landing on your office floor, all with the same message, to make you walk to your window, open it and (jump, dream on) look out at the square and go through a change of heart.

The board members are absolutely right. George Square should be for the people not for the meddlers in City Hall.
bilbo.s
QUOTE (Heather @ 2nd Feb 2013, 05:18pm) *
Nerja is a favourite Holiday place for my son and his family. They usually book a Villa for two weeks.

I must let him know he is no longer welcome there. rolleyes.gif

Having attended a Spanish University for a couple of years when a Student, my son speaks Spanish. So maybe he should email the Mayor and ask him why he no longer wants tourists.

Heather, Nerja has been a favourite place of ours since we discovered it 20 years ago and must be the most beautiful resort in Spain. We used to have an autumn break there and took Lynne´s dad there many times, after her mum died. He loved the place but sadly he passed away 6 years ago, not long before we moved.

Now it is barely 90 minutes away and we have visited it for many short breaks, but the alcalde has in recent years imposed punitive fees for what was a huge free car park- it amounts to about 18€ for an overnight stay. This must deter a lot of daytrippers too, as he has also forced owners of vacant ground to build dykes around them, forcing them to use the municipal park. I cannot vouch for the veracity of his reported quote, as it may just be that people, including residents, are not too happy.
Heather
Bill, when my son books a Villa he always makes sure a pool for the children and car to get around in comes with it.
No overnight parking fees for him as he only makes day trips.

The Mayor sounds like a right tartar.

Scotsman
QUOTE (frame @ 2nd Feb 2013, 04:29pm) *
I have the feeling that this has more to do with a man's ego (Matheson) than any decisional need to upgrade George Square.
He is behaving like someone who suffers from the hubristic belief that he is right and as such is answerable to no one except God, (there have been many others in that mould, one very recently.)
He certainly knows how important George Square is to the people of Glasgow. He's very aware of how strong feeling is running against this plan and what's more, he doesn't appear to care.
He holds a high position in the city and in all probability considers himself omnipotent and above criticism.
The people of Glasgow have a major task on their hands if they want George square to be turned back into that little square acreage of trees, grass and summer days that sat in the middle of traffic but was an oasis of comfort and relaxation.
Protests en masse, coupled with a very sympathetic media for as long as it takes is one way.
Writing to this guy from every quarter is another, maybe help to ease his thinking. Nothing like sacks of mail landing on your office floor, all with the same message, to make you walk to your window, open it and (jump, dream on) look out at the square and go through a change of heart.

The board members are absolutely right. George Square should be for the people not for the meddlers in City Hall.

I totally agree with you Frame. Somebody recently described him as a small man with even smaller ideas. Glasgow needs someone who is smart and who listens to the people. George Square cannot be lost just because of one mans ego.
wombat
thumbup.gif George square should have statues of scotlands heroes not its subjugators IMO yes.gif
Guest
As far as I am concerned it just seems that far too often George's Square is turned into what looks like a building site. What are tourists to think when they see all the nice photos of it and then they turn up and it looks like that. The square is the number one tourist venue for tourists to come to in Glasgow and get their pictures taken and say "look that's me in Glasgow".
Isobel
How right you are guest. Last time I was home I just about died when I saw George Square. Why cant they find somewhere else to hold their various concerts and social events.Make George Square a must place to visit when in Glasgow.
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