The Campaign to restore Govan Graving Docks as a heritage asset was launched in 2014 with an online petitition, that has now attracted almost 9,000 signatures, calling on Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government to support the vision.
In tandem with the petition a starting concept for a heritage park was formed and presented in a 36 page white paper published in August 2014.
The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative was set up in June 2015 primarily to take the aims of the campaign forward in a more structured and professional way.
The campaign has attracted media attention from sources including BBC Radio Scotland, STV Glasgow News, Glasgow Live, The Sunday Herald, The Evening Times, The Scotsman, Vice, The Big Issue and the Maritime Journal.
As well as gathering support for a maritime park concept, a major part of the campaign is challenging the plans of the current owners, to redevelop Govan Graving Docks for up to 700+ private flats.
In our consultation and outreach work we have found the general public and the local community in Govan are overwhelmingly opposed to a private housing development on Govan Graving Docks and for the most part don't even want to see the site become social housing. Meanwhile experts have expressed scepticism of whether the site is even at all viable for housing.
The developers are expected to submit an application for outline planning consent for their housing masterplan sometime in 2017. We will be issuing guidance on submitting objections to the planning application once it has been received by Glasgow City Council.
In addition to opposing the plans for housing development we have also been lobbying Glasgow City Council to put the A-listed Govan Graving Docks under a compulsory purchase order (CPO) with the aim that the site will eventually pass into the ownership of a dedicated charity.
We have identified grounds in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas)(Scotland) Act for a repairs notice to be served on the owners for restoration of the docks. If not carried out within two months a repairs notice would lead to a CPO being actioned.
More than 1,000 people have now signed a petition calling for compulsory purchase of Govan Graving Docks. The new administration at Glasgow City Council will be under considerable pressure to act.