The River Clyde’s Maritime Clearances / Govan-Partick Bridge

CDPI Blog

Anecdotally during the Highland clearances, when landowners forcibly removed their tenants to make way for sheep grazing, trees were planted inside the walls of houses so that people would not be able to move back into them.

Today we are seeing a similar eradication of the maritime infrastructure on the River Clyde. Except instead of trees it is poorly conceived box flats and bland commercial developments that are being built. The recently approved redevelopment of the former John Brown shipyard in Clydebank, the birthplace of the QE2, is a case in point an stands as an ominous spectre of what could happen to Govan Graving Docks if we do not succeed in challenging developers’ plans.

Plans have been announced to build an additional footbridge across the River Clyde between Partick and Govan.

Such a bridge would be a welcome addition to the waterfront pedestrian thoroughfare but it is essential that…

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