Why Govan could be Glasgow's next tourist attraction

25 Mar 2008

by Sheila Hamilton, Evening Times

It's renowned across the world for its shipbuilding heritage and famous figures from football - but now Govan could become Glasgow's next tourist attraction.

Glasgow City Council plans to create a conservation area in the heart of Govan which could bring in close to £1million in heritage lottery grants.

The windfall would be used to restore buildings and monuments of special architectural or historic interest and turn Govan into a mecca for visitors.

At a public meeting in the Pearce Institute, councillors and officials will explain to residents what conservation status would mean for Govan.

"Govan has a bright future," says Councillor John Flanagan.

"We see Govan as one of Glasgow's most important heritage areas with recent archaeological excavation having taken place at Water Row (thatched cottages leading down to a ford to Partick)."

As chairman of the Local Community Planning Partnership Board, Mr Flanagan is leading the regeneration of Govan and says 2008 is a dawn of a New Govan with housing developments and refurbishments through council and local housing association partnerships.

It is long overdue. For many years, the once proud burgh of Govan, where football manager Sir Alex Ferguson was raised, has been down on her luck.

And yet, the signs that she has seen better days are all around those who care to look.

Govan was once so grand that it had a Lord Provost and two town halls, and stretched from Kelvinside to Cathcart before Glasgow took it over in 1912.

Reproduced with the permission of The Evening Times(Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd.

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