£7 Million - For A Manky Mess
I understand Glasgow's Tradeston Bridge crossing over the River Clyde cost us taxpayers a whopping £7 million - yet it's a manky mess and an embarrassment to the city.
So why doesn't the City Council and local politicians come up with a plan for protecting this public investment against mindless vandalism?
The bridge got a wee 'spruce up' for COP26, but now it's back to being one of Glasgow's ugliest eyesores.
God Above, Glasgow! (February 28, 2022)
I was taken aback at the awful state of the Tradeston Bridge when I walked into town at the weekend - the whole thing is covered in graffiti and dumb, spray-painted name tags.
Regular readers will recall the city centre was 'spruced up' a little while back for the international visitors to COP26, but we've gone backwards and things are now worse than ever.
To my mind this is down to a lack of imagination and absence of a clear strategy for tackling the problem - on the part of Glasgow's politicians (councillors, MSPs and MPs)
Now this would required education (aimed at young people defacing their own backyard), engagement (opportunities for street art as an alternative to mindless graffiti) and stiff penalties (against clowns who are wedded to vandalism).
But our SNP led city council has a poor record of dealing with these bread and butter issues which is a great shame because Glasgow city centre is grubby, dirty and in a state we last witnessed in the 1970s.
Glasgow's Ugly Graffiti Problem (September 28, 2021)
I see that the ugly spray painted graffiti on the old BHS building on Sauchiehall Street still hasn't been removed - even though it's been there for many months, years possibly.
Now it's the owner's responsibility to remove this graffiti, but if the owner fails to act - surely the City Council should have the power to step in, take action and bill the owner for the work involved?
And if the Council lacks the ability to act in this pro-active way, why haven't they been demanding more powers from the Scottish Government - or are Council leaders scared of rocking the boat with the SNP?
Come to think of it this is exactly the kind of issue you'd expect local Glasgow MSPs to be jumping up and down about, but they're probably all too busy campaigning for IndyRef2!