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Fri Mar 4 10:45 am  #1

Govan & Glasgow News Today . . .

A Cultural Revolution? Glasgow's notorious Barras
earmarked as arts, events and music quarter in £30m plans

IT is as synonymous with false dawns and failed revivals as it is legendary rock concerts, a century of bargain hunting and dodgy dealers in contraband goods. But new plans have been unveiled to transform Glasgow's notorious Barras area into one of the city’s ‘must-visit’ neighbourhoods, with the hope the "shabby and underwhelming" district can become an events and cultural quarter. And for the first time, the civic authorities have hinted that the future of the Barras may not be the market which has operated on the site since the early 20th Century.

Senior Muslim calls for charity watchdog to investigate top
officials at Glasgow Mosque

A senior Scottish Muslim has called on watchdogs to suspend seven officials running the country’s biggest mosque amid concerns that “the charity and its asset are at risk”. Mohammad Farooq, a long-standing member of the ruling committee of Glasgow Central Mosque, has requested the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) investigate the actions of seven colleagues.

The veteran has also told the watchdog of “altercations” inside the mosque which have been reported to the police. Mr Farooq himself late last month made a formal complaint to Police Scotland over alleged threatening behaviour from a member of the congregation.

Tower block flats flooded after workmen fit new boilers

HORRIFIED residents found water pouring into their homes for the 11th time when workmen started fitting new boilers. Despite letters telling them the water would be switched off at the 231 Westercommon Road tower block, in Possilpark, from 9am to 11am, plumbers arrived at 8am yesterday and started work.

Moments later, Ian Mooney's two-bedroomed flat was deluged with water which poured into flats below. The 56-year-old said: "All I heard was a bang and the guy ran out trying to get the water turned off. It was an old valve and it just blew.

CCTV staff to begin 48 hour strike over pay

Staff who help police tackle crime are to begin a two-day strike over pay. CCTV operators who monitor hundreds of cameras across the city are to begin their 48-hour walkout at 7pm today.

Employed by Community Safety Glasgow, an arms' length company of Glasgow City Council, the 18 members of trade union Unison are calling for better pay for working shifts. They will form picket lines at the firm's headquarters on London Road from 6.30pm. Workers are currently paid £8.25 an hour for working 12-hour shift patterns, providing 24-hour monitoring of 440 CCTV cameras 365 days of the year.

Surgeons refusing to operate because of FAECES
running down Glasgow hospital walls

SURGEONS are refusing to operate at a brain surgery unit in Glasgow because of a plumbing leak which has led to faeces leaking down walls into recovery rooms.

Only emergency procedures are being carried out at the Institute of Neurosciences on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus because of the infection control risk and one theatre has been closed. Surgeons are said to have refused to perform operations. Staff say there has been a long-running issue with plumbing in the old building, which is not part of the new hospital and claimed that the leak had also affected operating theatres.

Elective procedures including brain and spinal surgery have been cancelled and are being transferred to the new hospital. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the leak had occurred on Friday and was the second incident in February and apologised to patients affected. The board said elective procedures had been cancelled on the advice of infection control specialists.

One surgeon is said to have called a patient and said: “Your operation is cancelled because there is brown stuff running down the walls." A health source told the Evening Times: “Faces is coming down the walls. It’s coming down from the wards. 
“There is an issue with the plumbing. It’s been happening for several years but it’s getting beyond a joke. “The pipes up on the wards get clogged and overflow. The surgeons have cancelled elective operations.

Historic A-listed west end home demolished prompting probe by
Glasgow City Council planning enforcement officers

A historic house in Glasgow’s west end has been demolished, prompting a probe by council planning enforcement officers. Described as a “truly unique mews property” by estate agents before it was sold for more than half a million pounds in 2014, 11 Kirklee Terrace Lane had category A-listed status.

11 Kirklee Terrace Lane before demolition

The two-storey home adjacent to the Botanic Gardens was one of several homes just off Great Western Road which were designed and built by architect Charles Wilson in the mid-1800s.

11 Kirklee Terrace Lane before demolition

It went on sale for offers over £550,000 and sold for £605,000 in August 2014. Council planners rubber stamped plans for a single storey extension three months later.

11 Kirklee Terrace Lane has been demolished

But bulldozers tore down the structure last week, leaving neighbours shocked and Historic Environment Scotland reeling. A source at the government agency which gave the building A-listed status said: “Demolition has to go through the determined process and buildings are listed for a reason – to recognise their historic, cultural and architectural significance.

“We had some contact from members of the public and our advice to them was we don’t have a formal role in the process but we pointed them towards the council enforcement team. “My understanding is by the time enforcement got there demolition had begun. The council will now have to decide whether to issue a notice of prosecution.”When the home went on the market in 2014, Kirklee Terrace Lane was billed as a “hidden village” with a “particularly peacefully quiet rural ambience”.

11 Kirklee Terrace Lane has been demolished

The estate agent listing said: “A very rare opportunity to purchase a truly unique property. Originally built as coach houses for Kirklee Terrace, the grade A-listed mews houses which form Kirklee Terrace Lane do not change hands often and number 11 is one of the largest homes within the lane.

“Although described as a mews property, it is in fact a substantial two-storey period house of sandstone construction with a private garden. Though now part of the mews courtyard it is thought originally to have been built as a freestanding estate farmhouse before the development of the Kirklee area.”

11 Kirklee Terrace Lane is now a gap site

A spokesman for Registers of Scotland said the property was purchased from Alan Crumlish by Michel and Margaret Soukop for £605,000 on August 22 2014. One local resident, who asked not to be named, said the couple are “very nice people” but criticised the demolition.

"I’m furious that this has happened on my doorstep and I’d be equally angry if it was anywhere else,” she said. Another resident added: “We are all concerned about this. “It could affect the value of our properties and it certainly affects the integrity of our lane.”A spokesman for Historic Environment Scotland said: “We understand that Glasgow City Council’s planning enforcement team is investigating the case.

“Historic Environment Scotland has been kept up to date by the council but we have no formal role at this stage.”

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