People Regeneration

Canal-side communities invited to Firhill Stadium to explore improvement plans

By Ian Marland at

R esidents are being invited to explore and shape the future of their area at an exhibition at Firhill Stadium in Maryhill.

The people of Woodside, Firhill and Hamiltonhill will be updated on proposals and ideas which were generated by the local community during a series of design workshops – known as a charrette – last year.

Taking place at the home of Partick Thistle football club on May 18 and 19, the exhibition will provide an update on the proposals generated at the charrette.

The plans ranged from the establishment of a local nature reserve and the creation of a heritage hub using former canal-side buildings to the provision of new housing opportunities, and explain how the project partners are taking some of the ideas forward.

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Waterways: Spiers Wharf lies within the area being looked at for improvement

Christopher Breslin, Strategic Planning and Design Manager at Scottish Canals, said: “Led by the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership, North Glasgow’s canal corridor is in the midst of a transformation that’s already seen the creation of a flourishing cultural quarter featuring the likes of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; the opening of Scotland’s first urban watersports centre at Pinkston Basin; and the installation of a heritage trail allowing visitors and locals alike to unlock the rich history of the area.

“This exhibition will showcase the next stage of that ongoing regeneration and the emerging masterplan for the area.

“Working with local communities and partners, we’re developing a shared vision for how we celebrate the unique character of the area, create even more opportunities for business, leisure and tourism, and build a sustainable future for the local communities and their canal.

“I’d encourage anyone who lives, works, studies or runs a business in the area to come along to view the plans and have their say.”

Held over four days last year and supported by technical experts and designers, the sessions saw more than 300 members of the community help generate ideas and proposals to help maximise the tourism, leisure and business opportunities offered by the Forth & Clyde Canal and ensure the long-term future of the local area.

“A wide range of agencies, community groups and local representatives are involved in shaping and delivering the shared vision, including Glasgow City Council; NHS Scotland; Scottish Canals; Partick Thistle Football Club; Queens Cross Housing Association; Green Exercise Partnership; and Friends of Possil Greenspace.

Niall McKinnon, Head of Development at Queens Cross Housing Association said: “We’re excited to be a partner in these major regeneration proposals and the opportunity to bring much needed housing to our communities.

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Explore: People in the areas covered by the proposals are invited to an exhibition over two days this week at Firhill Stadium

“I’m looking forward to the charrette feedback session and hearing local residents’ views about our initial masterplan proposals for Hamiltonhill.”

The charrette approach, which has been championed by the Scottish Government, has already proven successful in unlocking regeneration opportunities across Scotland, with the £2 million revitalisation of Bowling Basin on the Forth & Clyde Canal a recent example.

The exhibition will take place in Partick Thistle’s bar at Firhill Stadium, Firhill Road, between 3.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th May. Full information on the charrette programme and the exhibition can be found at bit.ly/NGcharrette