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We are giving our individual supporters the opportunity to sponsor our essential costs and get their name displayed on our website sponsors list.

We aim to step up our efforts in the coming months with launching the planned student design competition that we’d previously announced and recruiting wider expert volunteer support to put more comprehensive business plans and proposals in place. With the housing developers expected to seek planning consent in the near future we are entering the most pivotal phase of the campaign.

We’ve already had a fantastic response to our recent volunteer registration survey and for those who registered we will be following up with you in the coming weeks.

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Govan Graving Docks EIA Screening Application

As we reported earlier this month (Govan Needs You, It’s Time To Mobilise!) environmental consultants presumably working for the developers had lodged an application for an EIA Screening Opinion under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations.

The application had essentially requested that the council rule there is no requirement to carry out a full Environmental Impact Assessment and include an Environmental Statement of it with any pending or future application for planning consent to develop the site.

Glasgow City Council have now decided that an Environmental Statement will be required as part of the planning process. Not the answer the developers wanted.

This is a welcome decision – a clear indication that the council are acting with the highest integrity, have the best interests of the historic A-listed docks (and their impact on the surrounding environment) at heart and are not going to give the developers an easy ride.…/…

This demonstrates very clearly that the publicity and pressure being applied by the campaign (which all 8,081 petition supporters and counting have contributed to the strength of) is having effect and this is clearly a positive step forward for us in what was always going to be a war of attrition.

This means a precedent has now been set that any future proposed development of the site is going to need an Environmental Impact Assessment. Of course that will apply to a maritime heritage park as well but an EIA is something we have from the outset felt should be carried out whether mandatory or voluntary. The health and safety of all site users and neighbours (now and in the future) must be top priority.

If you’ve not yet signed the petition you can do so at

Media Articles About Govan Graving Docks

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of media articles about or relating to Govan Graving Docks. Please let us know if we’ve missed any out!

Scotland on Sunday: Campaign to preserve Glasgow’s maritime history heats up (14 Aug 2016)

Glasgow Live: Women lead the way with TURN, an exciting new project at Govan Graving Docks (5 Aug 2016)

Glasgow Live: The fight for Govan’s docks: A-listed Glasgow heritage site at risk of being lost forever (20 Jul 2016)

Glasgow Live: The bold plan to breathe new life into Govan Graving Docks and save the River Clyde’s history (10 Jun 2016)

Evening Times: Are you from Govan? This artists needs your help – and your birthday (10 Jun 2016)

The Scotsman: Glasgow building up to turning around derelict wasteland (3 Feb 2016)

Evening Times: Nearly 7000 sign petition to turn Govan docks into a heritage site (8 Nov 2015)

Sunday Herald: Campaigners in bid to preserve docks’ heritage and secure Unesco world status (1 Nov 2015)

The Big Issue: Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative: Let Glasgow have a shipbuilding heritage park (1 Oct 2015)

Herald Scotland: Time to give Govan docks a new lease of life (27 Jul 2015)

Maritime Journal: Govan Graving Docks (24 Jun 2015)

Daily Record: Govan Graving Dock hit twice by fire in as many days alarming heritage campaigners (23 April 2015)

Herald Scotland: What is on the horizon for Govan’s forgotten dry docks? (18 Nov 2014)

Daily Record: Campaign launched to create a lasting tribute of shipbuilding history at Govan Graving Dry Docks (1 May 2014)

The Herald: Britannia for the Clyde? (24 April 1997)

The Herald: Developers back rival’s bid for Britannia (21 April 1997)

The Glasgow Herald: Dry dock museum bid sparks row over repairs (2 Nov 1989)

Govan Needs You, It’s Time to Mobilise! #SaveGovanDocks

Glasgow Shipbuilding Heritage Park Campaign

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An application has been lodged with Glasgow City Council for an EIA Screening Opinion on Govan Graving Docks.

“Erection of Mixed Use development at former Govan Graving Docks – Request for a screening opinion under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations”

What the Screening Opinion application means is that the developers want the Council to agree that there is no requirement to conduct a full Environmental Impact Assessment – so that only a more straightforward (‘lite version’) environmental survey will be needed.

The application indicates planning consent will be sought for 600 homes, 195 hotel rooms and 7,520 square metres of office space to be developed on the docks. Also a cynical token gesture of a small museum and café – as if that’s going to appease anyone and could potentially be dropped from the plans at…

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