Moffat PATHS and photographs provide a feast this weekend.

May 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One of Jennifer's images from PATHS at Moffat

Three minutes from the M74 in Moffat, you’ll find a spectacular exhibition and cultural gathering which launches this weekend – Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May.

Professor Richard Demarco CBE formally opens PATHS, a suite of 12 photographs taken by Jennifer Gough-Cooper at Little Sparta, the garden created by Scottish poet, Ian Hamilton Finlay. The black and white photographs will be on show till 12 July at the Moffat Gallery.


When Jennifer first set eyes on Little Sparta in Dunsyre in the late 1950s, it had a solitary tree and Ian’s wife Sue had started to shape a small garden near the house. Ian had created a lochan by damming streams from the moor and had a tiny boat which he used to sail across the water with his children.

After she had taken early morning pictures and was looking at them with Ian, Jennifer said she’d been struck by the variety of paths in the garden. Immediately, Ian invited her to collaborate in an exhibition with him at Kloster Schoenthal in Switzerland. Out of that came a book PATHS published by Wild Hawthorn Press.

Another part of the Moffat Book Events – entitled ‘Beyond the Garden  Gate,’  will be a symposium on Saturday 26 May at 2pm in the Town Hall at Moffat, asking: ‘What are gardens for?’  Anna Pavord, author of the book  ‘The Tulip’; Richard Wheeler, National Trust garden history specialist; Janet Wheatcroft of Craigieburn Garden and photographer and author Jennifer will all be fielding questions from the audience.

Photographer and artist extraordinaire, Jennifer.

On Sunday 27 May at 11am in Craigieburn Garden, Moffat, Jennifer and Richard will be discussing KIRSTENBOSCH – Jennifer’s black and white photographs of Kirstenbosch, South Africa’s National Botanical Gardens. Those images formed the inaugural art exhibition at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and will be shown in Moffat in Craigieburn Café and Gallery launching on Saturday 26 May through till Wednesday 27 June but note the premises are closed on Mondays.

Jennifer’s latest book, has a multitude of colour photographs and is entitled ‘Origins – song of Nooitgedacht, a remote valley in the Karoo’.  Recently published in Cape Town to great acclaim, this work of art depicting the beauty of South Africa, will be available in Moffat. For a visual feast,  fine conversation and beautiful books, Moffat is the place to be this weekend.
















East End opens up with new roadway running clear

April 28, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

A vintage bus opened the new roadway on Thursday 26 April 2012. pic by Ian Watson

The £25 million Clyde Gateway (the East End Regeneration Route) opened to traffic on Thursday 26 April 2012. It is a key piece of infrastructure associated with Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the expectation is it will bring jobs and economic advantage to the East End of Glasgow – Shawfield and Dalmarnock in particular – by improving accessibility.

The four-lane, 2.6km carriageway links the Oatlands and the M74 junction at Polmadie in the south to the Forge Retail Park in the north. Designed by Gronmij and built through a joint venture between Farrans and I&H Brown, it will give easy access to Celtic Park, where the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games will be held, the Commonwealth Arena, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and the Athletes’ Village.

This will be a critical route to transport some of the 18,000 athletes and support staff and hundreds of thousands of spectators expected during the Games. Afterwards, the roadway will be a legacy for the benefit of the local community.

Traffic congestion on existing local roads should also ease, especially during peak times. Recent traffic modelling studies have shown that there will be a reduction in traffic across the major east/west arteries crossing road around London Road and Gallowgate and in association with the new M74 link, this will free up road space to allow for additional walking, cycling and bus routes to be put in place.

Phase 1 of the road opened in April 2007 as part of the development of new housing in the Oatlands area and was officially re-named- New Rutherglen Road. Phase 1A followed in April 2010, running from the Polmadie junction of the M74 and Shawfield Stadium. This stretch totals 1.5km.

The Chris Hoy velodrome is in the background. pic by Ian Watson

Phase 2 is the longest section, crossing the Clyde at Rutherglen Bridge and passing Dalmarnock Railway Station, the Commonwealth Arena and Celtic Park before joining the Parkhead by-pass at the Forge Retail Park

Brian Devlin, Executive Director for Land and Environmental Services said: ‘The Clyde Gateway creates a new, direct link between the completed M74 and the heart of Glasgow’s East End. This will offer fantastic new opportunities for people and business either currently living or based in this part of Glasgow or looking to move there. This is part of the wider regeneration of the city.

Neil MacDonald, Chairman of Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company said: ‘The M74 has already shown that new roads play a very important part in businesses choosing where to make crucial investment decisions and there is no doubt that Shawfield and Dalmarnock in particular will benefit from this new piece of infrastructure. Our on-going efforts to attract developers to the East End have been helped immensely by this road opening and I’d like to thank Glasgow City Council for again demonstrating their commitment to the long-term regeneration of the Clyde Gateway area.’

Children on bikes got an early trial run on the new Clyde Gateway road system.

Prior to the formal opening when traffic started flowing, children from four primary schools in the east end were given the chance to try out the newest section of the road.

More than 100 Primary 6 and 7 pupils from St Michael’s, St Anne’s, Dalmarnock and Quarrybrae primary schools cycled around an obstacle course set up on part of the new tarmac running from new Oatlands over Rutherglen Bridge, through Dalmarnock to Gallowgate.

The children experienced, first hand, the road’s new cycling facilities including dedicated cycle lanes and extended footpaths that are provided along the full length of the route.

They also got the chance to brush up on their safety skills with Glasgow City Council road safety officers and Strathclyde Police cyclists and motorcyclists.  Dr Bike offered advice on maintaining bikes and gave practical demonstrations to ensure they were fit for the road.

As well as providing better facilities for cyclists, the new road, funded entirely by the Council, will improve public transport links and accessibility around the East End.

With phase one opened as part of the Oatlands new neighbourhood development last year, phase two of the 2.4km stretch runs over Rutherglen Bridge, continues via Dunn Street, Poplin Street, Dalmarnock Road, Mordaunt Street, London Road and Camlachie to join the existing road network at the Parkhead by-pass, Forge Retail Park.


The facts of building a new motorway are all here. pic by Ian Watson

TheClydeGateway (Phase 2) Facts

1.   More than 35,000tonnes of asphalt used to lay roads, footpaths and cycle ways.

2.  800m of 2.74m diameter tunnel used to alleviate storm water flooding.

3.  More than 250 trees planted and 40,000 sq m of landscaping to the road corridor.

4.  10km of new drainage pipes installed for new roads.

5.  250 new traffic signal heads installed over seven junctions.

6.  330 new lighting columns.

7.  Construction period 2 years (April 2010 to April 2012)




McFrankenstein tackles the Missing Link.

May 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Colin 'McFrankenstein' Todd cycles for Yorkhill Children's Foundation

Up to 20,000 people are expected to take part in the M74 Bike ‘n’ Hike event on Sunday 22 May. Before the ‘missing link’ stretch of motorway from Shields Road to Polmadie to Fullarton Roundabout is opened to traffic, the M74 Project Partners and Contractor have agreed to let pedestrians, cyclists and runners cover the whole 14km stretch or parts of it, as people are able.
If you spot a cyclist dressed as McFrankenstein (Frankinstein with a Scottish twist) cheer him on and support him as he’s doing the whole 14km in aid of Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.
‘So far, I’ve raised around £200,’ said McFrankenstein who is known to his friends as Colin Todd.
‘I have my own Facebook page for the event:!/pages/Colin-Todd-M74-Bike-n-Hike-event-in-aid-of-Yorkhill-Childrens-Foundation/209718129061513. It gives a link to my Just Giving website too,’ said the care worker. He has done several similar fund raisers – including the route between Glasgow and Edinburgh in the Pedal for Scotland event. ‘A friend’s son was in intensive care for three weeks after he was born so I knew, though his experience, and his ongoing care, how important the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation is. And like to support it when I can.’
People can register up till noon on Friday 20 May to walk, run or cycle the route. The event will start from the Shields Road Car Park in Scotland Street. The road formally opens in June.
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A new office today, a new community tommorrow

December 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A new £2.5 million head office for the West of Scotland Housing Association (WoSHA) was opened on Monday 13 December and hailed as further evidence of the regeneration of Glasgow’s East End in anticipation of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The new Camlachie House will serve as the base for one of Scotland’s most expansive housing associations, one that provides 3000 homes throughout Glasgow, Ayrshire and Lanarkshire. With the new Camlachie House in close proximity to the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, WoSHA had Commonwealth gold medal winner Robbie Renwick officially open the building.

The WoSHA and Glasgow 2014 have formed close ties since Glasgow was awarded the Commonwealth Games. After the event, land used for the athletes village will be passed over to WoSHA who will utilise the space to home approximately 150 families.

Duncan McNaught, WoSHA Chief Executive, is keen that his housing association should be involved in the opportunities that will accompany the Games. Said Duncan: ‘Looking ahead three years, we will take over 150 of the athletes’ houses after the Commonwealth Games for social housing and shared ownership but that won’t be the end of the development for the athletes village.

‘A further 750 new homes will be built in addition to the 700 built for the games, creating what can only be described as an entirely new community and we want to be at the centre of making that a community that people want to live and work in.’

Duncan believes that the new facilities at Camlachie House will have two main attributes. Firstly, he believes the new Head Office should facilitate an improvement to the standards of the homes provided by WoSHA. Secondly, according to Duncan: ‘Commercially, the Association will also benefit significantly. The efficiency agenda is just as relevant to us as everyone else.’

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said the prospect of a new community arriving after the games finish is a great thing for the East End of Glasgow. He told LOCAL NEWS: ‘The plans for the area will see social housing, rental property and homes for sale. There will be approximately 1400 homes under different tenures from public and private sectors. That area has suffered since manufacturing disappeared and a solution like this was needed.

‘There will be space for retail ventures that will create jobs and with the M74 extension there will be great transport networks, there will be a sustainable energy plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 65%. This new community opportunity is unique in Scotland.’

Duncan McNaught’s mood was ebullient. As Robbie Renwick showed the opening party his gold medal, after the formalities were over, Duncan said: ‘The East End is going to become an extremely important part of the city.’ The race for the property will start when the games finish.

Bill Kidd MSP Hits Out At Easthall Park Visit

November 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Labour Leader Iain Grey's visit to Easthall Park has sparked criticism from SNP

Labour Leader Iain Grey's visit to Easthall Park has sparked criticism from SNP

Story by Lynsay Keough and Stuart Maxwell

It is to be expected: as the people of Scotland and Glasgow brace themselves for the cuts, political parties start swinging their handbags in the battle for next year’s elections.

Commenting on the fact that Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray visited Easthall Park Housing Cooperative in Easterhouse, SNP MSP Bill Kidd said:
‘Only Iain Gray could go to Glasgow to attack the SNP for not providing funds for Glasgow and then visit a housing association which has received millions in funding from the Scottish Government.
It is stunts like this which confirm Iain Gray isn’t fit for opposition, never mind government. If anyone has to ‘get’ anything then it is Iain Gray who has to get real about Labour’s deplorable record in Glasgow and throughout Scotland.
‘The reality is that, under an SNP Government, Glasgow receives the largest funding per head of any mainland local authority – some 25 per cent above the Scottish average – and over half of capital projects are in Glasgow or of benefit to the City, such as the new Southern General hospital and the M74 extension.’

A spokesperson for Scottish Labour responded: ‘This is a shoddy attack from the SNP who have only succeeded in scoring a spectacular own goal. While Labour leader Iain Gray was standing up for housing associations like Easthall Park Housing Cooperative, the Finance Secretary John Swinney was preparing to cut the housing budget by a third. The SNP’s decision to make housing the big loser from their budget for a second year running was absolutely disgraceful.’

Iain Gray had been visiting the Cooperative to see their two developments which are due to be finished before Christmas. Both have been funded by Housing Association Grants. The first project  of 76 new build homes received £ £7.765m.  The second, of 70 new homes, received £6.736m.

An official at Easthall Park Housing Cooperative said that they had welcomed Iain Gray’s visit to monitor progress and to highlight the need for investment in such new build projects.