Bridging the Islands

Abstract

A personal perspective: ‘For a few short years in the 1950s, living in Milton was something to be proud about. A destination that was clearly enunciated to bus drivers and that prompted conversations with fellow passengers. In the 1970s boys went to school in their sister’s trousers while mothers sold ill-gotten vegetables from wheel barrows at prices lower than the ‘man-in-the-van’. The 1980s were altogether less amusing. Schoolchildren warned against touching discarded needles. Those responsible finding themselves in nearby Ruchill Hospital, which ‘treated’ infectious diseases.’
Milton can do without gimmicks. On Glasgow’s edge, it is a place that is unlikely to sustain specialist activity. In any case Milton does not need to do this.
Rather our vision is for a Milton that is a good-ordinary place. Accomplished by establishing a new neighbourhood centre on what will become a strategi- cally important route between the nearby established centres of Bishopbriggs and Possilpark:
A centre that reflects, respects and enhances existing community based interventions;
A centre that compliments and is complimented by resilient and flexible community spaces;
A centre that attracts and generates a level of activity that is critical for sustaining locally important functions due to: a) its relationship with Glasgow’s es- tablished network of centres; and b) its attractiveness and accessibility to its resident population who, in turn, will be able to regularly access a good range of services at the neighbourhood scale, and engage with the opportunities provided throughout the city of Glasgow, and further afield, for more specialist things.

Prepared by
Chris Wiseman & Marc Miller

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