1978 Last Objectors withdraw


1979 Craig St Glasgow Road by J McGuire

1979 Glasgow Road at Craig Street by J McGuire

On Monday 5th June 1978, just a day before the Public Inquiry into the redevelopment of Glasgow Road, the three remaining objectors withdrew their objections, meaning for the first time , the scheme was completely unblocked.

The dramatic u turn came about just one day before proceedings had been due to start, which would ultimately have seen the Glasgow Road demolition and renovation being delayed by a considerable time.

Hamilton District Council officials had been involved in the negotiations coming to a settlement with the 3 objectors, having seen the Co-op withdraw their objection the week before. The news came as huge relief to the council who now looked to progress their plans.

Mr Gordon Gilfillan, Council Director of Planning said, “Relief is the right word to express our feelings. The way to redevelopment of Blantyre is a whole way clearer than it was last week. We had originally intended to start work next month (July 1978), but there is now a whole lot more to do.”

At that time the Secretary of State for Scotland still had to confirm the Council’s compulsory purchase orders for the properties which were on the proposed ASDA footprint. After that demolition was planned of the existing tenements. It was estimated demolition and building work would commence at the end of 1978, around Christmas.

The objectors were given “certain guarantees” about how their businesses would be affected after the arrival of Asda and the development of Glasgow Road. The cancellation of the inquiry was also likely the final straw for the co-op who, despite withdrawing their objection, had been interested in pursuing it separately on a legal basis. However, with no objections at all now recorded by 5th June 1978, even the council admitted in public that it was unlikely that any business , individual or organisation would now be a blocker to the proposals.

Pictured in 1979 is Glasgow Road at Craig Street, a scene that would completely change and today now is the pedestrian precinct of the Clydeview Shopping centre.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,

Andy Lynch Sad picture for me Peter Craig the butcher demolished the first house I lived in next to go (Above the Central bar (Fallons) and in the firing line Peter Velerios, Jimmy Clearies and where I enjoyed my first ever pint – The Cosy Corner. Almost Herts Lawn no more
John McNulty Like you l enjoyed many a pint in both bars it was sad to see the empty space where the building stood
Martin Smith Petet Craigs the best butcher in Blantyre in my opinion!!
Martin Smith Loved his square sliced and black pudding.
Elspeth Mcgregor Loved their sausages in a Little’s roll.
Andy Lynch Littles rolls were unique I still see them in my minds eye i miss them
Elspeth Mcgregor Best rolls ever.
Linda Gourlay So glad I’m old enough to remember these photos… get an awful ache looking at them tho.. very sad
The Blantyre Project stay tuned then. There’s SO many photos of Glasgow Road, many of them previously unseen, coming to this page between October and February,

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