The Ongoing George Square Saga…

Following on from the blog about the George Square revamp, you may recollect that the idea of a redesign has been scrapped. The architect who won the competition called for a public meeting and this was held on Monday 19 February (noticeably at 8 o’clock in the morning at a well known foodies’ restaurant in the Merchant City). The purpose was to try to keep a dialogue going about the future of the look of George Square. 30- 40 people went along. Views included concerns about the level of traffic around the square; apparently most agreed the red tarmac has to go; and there seems to have been consensus that there should be no water feature. Probably a good idea – we have enough water in Scotland as it is and fountains or pools of water just attract litter.

Our office block looks directly onto the Square. Should someone from our firm have gone to the meeting? Well no one went. The Councillors have made an embarrassing U turn on their decision already and I don’t think another meeting about it will really make that much of a difference.

It is a shame the architect has lost out on a potential fee of thousands for the contract, and I can see why he has tried to resurrect the issue- he obviously feels very strongly about his home city’s civic space!

I for one would just like better seating and maybe a bit more grass for the kids to play on when it is sunny enough to sit in the square with a meal deal sandwich for my lunch.

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About Alison Gourley

Alison graduated from Edinburgh University School of Law in 1991. She joined Mitchells Roberton in 1996 and became an Associate thereafter. Alison specialises in both commercial and residential conveyancing, advising individuals, large and small businesses, banks, charities and further education institutions on all property transactions. Having 20 years experience in property law Alison has developed excellent relationships with surveyors, independent financial advisers and banks so is ready to act swiftly and effectively to meet her clients’ needs in an ever changing property market. She enjoys getting to know her clients and is committed to giving them an efficient service and is always friendly and approachable. She is also involved with the marketing aspects of the firm and is the solicitor in the office who trains the conveyancing paralegals. Alison is married to a photographer and has one child. In her free moments she likes to keep fit. She is a talented amateur artist and loves nature and the great outdoors.

1 thought on “The Ongoing George Square Saga…

  1. It’s not like the council to change their stance is it? Overall in the most part I am happy with George Square and the image it conveys of the city. As far as I am concerned the council floated this idea with a view to monetize the space. We do not need any more corporate events clogging up public space!

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