The TOPS team in Oatlands have produced their first newsletter. The school aged, local children fancy being journalists. Under the guiding hand of volunteer media mentor, Colin Mackie, they have come up with a cracking headline story: ‘Where is our Park?’ Pictured in front of metal fencing and a tractor, the youngsters point out they have nowhere safe to play. The Richmond Park is across major, busy roads. So they are left to play around a building site. ‘That’s dangerous.’ they point out.
Glasgow City Council has been asked what has happened to the promises of 1998 and earlier when a shop, a children’s play area and the St Margaret’s church building were all going to be available for local residents. ‘We’re still waiting,’ said one disgruntled local person. When the Council responds their answer will be posted on this website.
By Colin Mackie
Community spirit was in full strength at the recent fund-raising day at Oatlands Community Resource Centre (OCRC) where local people and visitors alike, enjoyed free entertainment and a variety of stalls. Many thanks to those individuals and businesses who donated prizes to the raffle, including AA Auto Electrics (Fordneuk Street Bridgeton), Cox`s the Butchers (Main Street, Bridgeton), JK Entertainment (Savoy Street, Bridgeton) and others.
The OCRC has been known as the Blue Hut till recently. Now, thanks to the hard work and passion of the new committee and volunteers, the Centre has found a different direction and focus.
The future is, indeed, “onwards and upwards”. A makeover is planned which will include repainting the outside. Residents of all ages will be able to contribute to a mural design that will depict an Oatlands Timeline up to the present day.
Lisa Gillen, from the OCRC ,commented: “I feel that the people are starting to trust again and they are seeing small changes. Hopefully, soon, they will see bigger ones. It won’t work without genuine community involvement and input. That is vital for this wee community to flourish.’
She added: ‘We all want the same things – the things we were promised all those years ago – a shop and a park. The community has been 17 years without a shop. So once again Oatlands is taking a stand.”
As media empires fall, a new one is arising in Oatlands! The first editorial meeting of ‘The Gab’ was held in the Blue Hut on Friday 8 July when The Oatlands Press Gang got down to business. Photographed here, the TOP Gang decided what they’d like to see in the monthly Newsletter, agreed a title and fixed to produce it monthly.
Their first main story will be about…. well ….the www.localnewsglasgow won’t reveal their exclusive! Just get your copy when it comes hot off the press.
photographs by Colin Mackie
images by Page/Park
Developments to breathe new life into the Olympia building at Bridgeton Cross were unveiled at a public meeting on Wednesday 15 September in Dale Street community learning centre.
A clearly enthused Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway told the audience of around 60 people: ‘I would not be standing here if I did not think we were close to achieving this.’
The £10 million needed to transform the empty and decaying ‘B’ listed building into a hub for the community, is almost all in place. The Olympia was a theatre and dance hall but has been lying empty in private ownership for many years till Clyde Gateway and Glasgow City Council managed to buy it for £1.8 million and obtain £8.2 million of Scottish Government Town Centre Regeneration funding.
The ground floor will become a library and learning centre with a cafe and community acrchive clearly accessible and visible from the renewed Bridgton Cross area. ‘This is modelled on the very successful Mitchell Library,’ explained Ronnie Campbell of Glasgow Life.
The first floor will provide elite athlete training facilities for the national governing bodies for Boxing and Wrestling. This will be managed by Sportscotland in association with the Scottish Wrestling Association and Amateur Boxing Scotland.
The second and third floors will be commercial space with two floors of 500 square metres of lettable space with the opportunity of providing 100 jobs. This will be managed by Clyde Gateway Developments Ltd.
Applications for planning and building warrants will be submitted this month. The tender for a contractor should be put out in October with an appointment planned for January when work is expected to start. The new facilities will be open in the autumn of 2010.
Said local Councillor George Redmond: ‘This is an investment in the people of this area, not just in the building. There is no point in developing the Olympia building if people don’t want it.
At this point a resident commented: ‘This building is spot on!’
A portion of the jobs are expected to go to local people and anyone keen to be considered and to know how and when to access training, is invited to contact Clyde Gateway direct. Tel: 0141 276 1573 or email: email@example.com or see their website: www.clydegateway.com
Award winning architects Page/Park designed the re-newed Olympia building. The original listed domed facade – opened as a theatre in 1911 to seat 2000 -will be retained and a new structure in Orr Street to replace the existing dilapidated building. The entrance will have a new Art Deco styled grand stairway to allow the light from the dome to shine throughout the building.
by Colin Mackie
In the present climate of regeneration and development within the East End of Glasgow, it was refreshing to see the recent interest in the history and origins of one of the very few remaining older buildings in the area.
The Cubie Street Exhibition took place within the Royal Mail Sorting Office at 130 Cubie Street, and celebrated the building’s history and the industrial and social life that existed around it.
Interest in the origins of the building first came from Post Office employee John Robertson who has been a postman in the area for 23 years. He and his fellow workers, having spent many months passing under the decorative doorway depicting “1910 Telephone Exchange”.
Following much research, and information from local people, the story of the building and its surrounding community, began to fall into place.
Build in 1910 and designed by London born architect William Thomas Oldrieve, 130 Cubie Street started life as a Telephone Exchange.
The Exchange first appears in the 1911 post office directory and was one of the first exchanges built in Glasgow by the Post Office after taking over the telephone system from the Glasgow Corporation. The Exchange was a manual one with the operators sitting at the switchboards and physically connecting callers.
The Delivery Office or Postman’s Office as it was called, first appears in the 1958 Post Office Directory and like the telephone exchange, at present we don’t know of any other one from this period. Officially today the office is known as G40-31 Delivery Office, but with it being the only remaining building in Cubie Street, most local people link the two together and call it Cubie Street Sorting Office. The origin of the street name itself comes from Adam Cubie, a local pottery manufacturer.
During the exhibition members of the public viewed the history and the many fascinating photos on display. At that point, more pieces of the Cubie Street jig-saw began to fall into place. Visitor Mrs May Linden from East Kilbride pointed out her childhood home at 6 Cubie Street and Mr Peter Burt was amazed to see his brother Andrew in the photograph of Annfield Primary School taken in 1934.
The exhibition was a huge success and helped raise the profile of this unique building and also highlighted the valuable service to the local area that the postal staff have always provided.
The “Cubie Street” story is ongoing and there are plans for a future website, anyone with information, memories etc. can get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Mackie, who has been a columnist with the LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW for several years will be running in the Glasgow10K road race on Sunday 5 September.
Over the years he has been writing about the Southern Necropolis, Oatlands and now British Sign Language (BSL) and the Deaf communities.
He said: ‘This being my 26th year taking part in the Glasgow event…(phew how time flies eh!), I would really appreciate any donations towards my chosen charity – the West of Scotland Deaf Children’s Society. They do a fantastic job.
‘My fundraising page can be found at… www.justgiving.com/colmacglasgowbsl
‘Here`s hoping for some good weather on the day and I`m sure there will be a fantastic turnout…just like last year. Thanks.’
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The LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW celebrated moving into our new office at 142 West Nile Street, Glasgow, by having a party this week.
Columnist Colin Mackie who writes about British Sign Language (BSL) and his niece Nicole, who also signs for the deaf, took the chance to instruct LOCAL NEWS staff and guests in some finger spelling to show the letters of LOCAL NEWS GLASGOW.
See if you can spell out a word from this demonstration.
Photograph: Stuart Maxwell