Glasgow city council now have a new 30 year plan which they say will be "a world leading example of regeneration." Whatever that means. it is called City Centre Strategic Development Famework 2050. But before we start. It is plain to see what the results of the last 30 year plan has been for ordinary people, as each proceeding administration in that time period sold-off more and more of our land and commercialised our green space. From the era of CITY OF CULTURE 1990 to the COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2014, the business agenda was set.
As citizens we are encouraged or more likely brow beaten into loving these ideas. But why do these projects continue to fail people? Commercial projects, posing as community development. Where is the promise legacy. All we are seeing of the legacy of the Commonwealth Games is the east end turned into parking spaces for developers and “un-affordable housing” . What happened to the promised east end LEGACY HUB centre? Answer. Closed. Just like the centres that were closed to clear the ground for the games.
And. Like everything else when the money sponge leaves town the community are left with displacement, broken promises, debt and food banks. The city council boast that “PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW”. Well it is high time we got on with it. We need to create a peoples think-tank to see how best we can keep an eye on city plans and come up with ideas of our own, as a collective vision of our city for all of its people.
So the SOCIAL ENERGY COLLECTIVE will work to create a comparative report to the councils CENTRE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK 2050 and how we can ensure a positive and sustainable outcome for local people. We will do this by working with established and newer community groups in collaboration by looking at existing resources for community needs in our City. Looking at models of development as well as developing new ones.
Unfortunately much of our planned out door activities have had to be canclled. But we are not going anywhere any time soon. We still have on line capabilities.
MAY DAY (CANCELED) (ZOOM Video mayday)
COP 26 9th – 20th November 2020 (CANCELED)