The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative - Protecting and promoting the evolving maritime heritage of the tidal River Clyde

Protecting and Promoting the Evolving Maritime Heritage of the Tidal River Clyde

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Capstan at Govan Graving Docks

Industrial Decline

The decline of shipbuilding and related industries has led to social and economic problems including crime, poor health and high levels of youth unemployment. While developing solutions to these complex issues is not within the competence of CDPI what we are potentially able to do is offer worthwhile initiatives that communities and young people can focus on and seek purpose through.
Derelict Govan graving dry dock Glasgow

Case Study: Govan Graving Docks and Community Regeneration

CDPI are backing the proposals from Ferguson Marine to return Govan Graving Docks to use as a working dockyard for ship repair and related work.

Alongside this Govan Docks Regeneration Trust will be working to ensure the development of the public areas of the graving dock site is taken forward in a way that includes and benefits the local community.

Could Govan Graving Docks be a place to create a cultural and social enterprise hub around a maritime heritage theme, alongside bringing the industry the docks were built for back to Govan? In an area with high levels of unemployment and social exclusion this would be particularly significant. While a housing development would bring short-term construction jobs (mostly for people outside of Govan) a working dry dock facility and visitor attraction would create more long-term opportunities.

Govan Graving Docks offers an archetype location to test new approaches to sustainable and sympathetic regeneration that delivers real benefit to local and regional communities. We will continue to address the docks and the Govan Docks Regeneration Trust as a case study as these aims are taken forward by that charity.

Firth of Clyde

Sustainable Development

The way people make a living is going to have to change during this century if we are to adapt to a sustainable approach to resource consumption. New ways of defining work-life balance are going to have to be developed as demand for labour declines (due to automation and other factors) and population increases. There are also emerging and serious discussions around universal basic income that could increase future scope for voluntary activity.

One of the aims of CDPI is to be able to develop and implement practical approaches to this in a social enterprise / micro-enterprise community model. There is a clear need to move away from conventional approaches of top-down management towards models of open collaboration and mutual-empowerment. This needs to be done with an outward looking objective of empowering individuals, small collectives and communities.

We are currently in a world where the wider political agenda is heavily influenced by corporate/globalist interests and increasingly divisive populism and nationalism that are becoming ever farther removed from (and often in direct conflict with) the needs of individuals, communities and the environment. It is primarily through community and collaborative efforts that this will be reversed.

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