Cost Free and Totally Brilliant
A timely reminder from the blog archive about the idea of commissioning a colourful Equal Pay Mural on the south side of the Kingston Bridge.
Cost free as well as totally brilliant, but where are the city's politicians?
Glasgow Equal Pay Mural (October 22, 2021)
So there's good news, no news and confusing news about the prospects of finding a suitable site for a Glasgow equal pay mural.
As regular readers know I wrote to Glasgow City Council's party leaders to gauge what they thought of the idea and, in particular, a potential site on the south side of the Kingston Bridge.
The 'Good' news is that I received a response from the Conservative group leader, Cllr Thomas Kerr, who says he supports the idea in principle - which is all you could ask for really since there would be lots of practical details to resolve going forwards.
The 'No' news is that the SNP leader, Cllr Susan Aitken, still hasn't replied to my letter which I think is pretty rude especially as the project would be zero cost to the council or public purse.
The 'Confusing' news surrounds the Labour group which seems to think this may not be the right time because equal pay negotiations are still ongoing.
I don't know who the Labour group have been speaking to because settlement negotiations have broken down and are rather not ongoing although the real issue is if now is not a good time for a mural, then when will be?
Not least because it will take many months to consult with everyone, find a suitable site, agree a design, before dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's.
I suppose it's a bit like designing a horse by committee and ending up with a camel, but so far it's Yes, in principle, from the Conservative group, Mibbees Aye Mibbees Naw from Labour and No answer at all from the SNP.
Glasgow Equal Pay Mural (August 27, 2021)
I hope to have some good news soon about the idea of commissioning an Equal Pay Mural for Glasgow.
I've written to the City Council leader, Cllr Susan Aitken, and the other party group leaders asking for their support, in principle, which would allow talks to get underway about a suitable location - perhaps this one on the south side of Glasgow's Kingston Bridge.
Anyway, I'll let people know once I've heard back from the Council and/or party group leaders.
Glasgow Equal Pay Mural - Transport Scotland (June 25, 2021)
Transport Scotland does not routinely allow murals on our structures. However an exception was made for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which was promoted and supported by Glasgow City Council. If we were approached by the Glasgow City Council in the future we would consider such a request (in particular if it was a national sporting event or similar) but it would have to be supported by the local authority but as a general rule as I said we would not in general approve such requests.
I have copied Peter McCann Major Bridges Manager for our Operating Company Amey. If there is any graffiti on the structure Amey will remove it a soon as possible and immediately if it offensive.
Cameron B Gair
Bsc(Hon), C Eng, MICE, MIStructE
I wrote to the Chief Executive of Transport Scotland (Roy Brannen) the other day about the proposal to place an equal pay mural on the south side of Glasgow's Kingston Bridge.
Here's what I had to say - fingers crossed for a positive response!