Background of the Graving Docks Campaign

The Campaign to restore Govan Graving Docks as a heritage asset was launched in 2014 with an online petitition, that has now attracted almost 12,000 signatures, calling on Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government to support the creation of a heritage park on the site and block proposals for a major housing development by NCV Ltd.

In tandem with the petition a starting concept for a heritage park was formed and presented in a 36 page white paper published in August 2014. Since then the vision of restoring the Govan docks has evolved further through networking and feedback from a diverse range of people and groups interested in the docks, as well as wider research into maritime heritage carried out by the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative (CDPI).

With planning consent for the housing proposals likely to be refused, as well as new proposals coming forward to return the docks to use for ship repair, CDPI is now divesting most of its role, relating to Govan, to the Govan Docks Regeneration Trust charity.

The campaign has attracted media attention from sources including BBC Radio Scotland, STV Glasgow News, Glasgow Live, The Sunday Herald, The Evening Times, The Times,  The Scotsman, Vice, The Big Issue as well as the Maritime Journal and a number of other niche publications.

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