CDPI Announces Resignation of Lord Stringfellow from our Board of Directors


It is with regret that we announce the resignation last week of Lord James Stringfellow from the board of the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative with immediate effect.

Jimmy has stood down due to the stress he has experienced as a result of sustained prejudice against the Fairground Community Group in Govan of which he is the leader.

The board of CDPI wish to thank our friend and former colleague for his contribution to date and the door will remain open for him to return at any time in the future if he feels able.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Fairground Community in condemning the bigotry that Jimmy and his family have been subjected to for many years.

We hope the very small minority within the Govan community, who are responsible for this bigotry, will take the opportunity to issue an apology to Jimmy Stringfellow, to the Fairground Community…

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Govan Graving Docks Survey Results


For the past month we have been running a series of surveys to gather views on the future of Govan Graving Docks.

Overall what the surveys have demonstrated is very strong opposition to housing development and a clear sense of the need to preserve the structure of the site in the context of Glasgow’s disappearing maritime heritage.

  • The first survey was a series of general questions on the future of Govan Graving Docks – Survey 1
  • The second survey was to gather feedback on proposals for specific parts of the graving docks site – Survey 2
  • The third survey was to assess the importance of key strategic factors in the restoration of the graving docks – survey 3

Please contact us if you would like CSV files of the raw survey data.

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A Roadmap for a Heritage Park at Govan Graving Docks


We have produced a flow chart, in consultation with our planning adviser, outlining a possible summary “roadmap” identifying key strategic and planning stages that would be involved in creation of a shipbuilding/maritime heritage park at Govan Graving Docks.

The timeline in the document is only estimated at this stage and potentially parts of the park would open in stages over the development period while works to complete other parts are still ongoing.

You can view or download this in PDF format

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Throwing Down the Gauntlet – Are Govan Councillors With Us or Against Us?


Govan Graving Docks
A briefing paper

The A-listed Govan Graving Docks – a hugely important industrial heritage site –  have been derelict and deteriorating for almost 30 years. There are tripping hazards on the site, broken glass and deep open shafts some hidden by weeds. Engineers have advised us there will be contaminated soil on the site. There are gaps in the fence through which children and teenagers can easily get access – putting themselves at great risk – particularly if they are there to consume alcohol as is often the case.

In that time councillors in the area have done nothing whatsoever to address the state of the docks, the hazard it presents or seek any remedy. It is only since our restoration campaign and especially since the formation of Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative (CDPI) that councillors (and one councillor in particular) have taken a very close interest. It…

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Govan Graving Docks Surveys – Have Your Say

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative has launched three surveys this week on the future of Govan Graving Docks. The questionnaires can be found at

The three questionnaires include series of questions on:

  1. General questions on the future of the derelict dry dock site
  2. Feedback on proposals for specific parts of the site
  3. Views on the importance of strategic factors (heritage preservation, job creation, etc) relevant to the future of Govan Graving Docks

You can also join in an interactive conversation in the online forum at

Petition Signatures – Location Breakdown

The heritage park petition has now exceeded 7,000 signatures. The graph shows a breakdown of the signature numbers by location for:

  • Glasgow postcodes
  • Greater Glasgow
  • Rest of Scotland
  • Rest of UK and Ireland
  • International

The largest signature block (497 signatures) is from the G51 Govan area. Next in Glasgow is 284 from the G12 Partick area.

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Clyde Maritime Inventory Survey


CDPI is preparing to launch a project to compile a comprehensive inventory of dockland and maritime heritage assets on the River Clyde / Firth of Clyde.

If you are aware of any sites or assets that you think should be included in our survey please contact us via the CDPI website –

The types of assets that we wish to identify and record include:

  • Dock, port and harbour sites
  • Piers and ferry landings
  • Buildings and other structures
  • Historic ships
  • Recoverable derelict ships
  • Non-moveable devices e.g. cranes and other mechanical apparatus
  • Artefact Features such as capstans, crane tracks, etc
  • Other assets of interest

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