Volunteer Opportunity: Treasurer / Finance Officer

Govan Docks Regeneration Trust (SCIO) are seeking applications for a volunteer treasurer / finance officer to oversee the organisation’s finances as well as to support funding applications / fundraising and development of business plans.

The Charity has just completed a consultation with the local community about the future of Govan’s historic A-listed dry docks. The findings of this, due to be published soon, will guide the future direction of the organisation that aims to become the long-term custodian of the dock site.

The role would suit a retired / semi-retired qualified accountant who can spare a few hours a fortnight. Preference will be given to applications from those with a background in charity finance and who live in the Greater Govan area.

Interested applicants should send their CV, along with a cover note stating why they think they would be suitable for the role, to info@govandocks.com

Could You Help to Shape Govan’s Future?


Govan Docks Regeneration Trust, SCIO is seeking applications for new Trustee appointments to guide the organisation through the next exciting stages of development.

Local residents in the G51/G52 area are particularly welcome as the Trust seeks to deliver community consultation and engagement around the potential future for the iconic, A listed Govan Graving Docks. Individuals with expertise in urban planning, project management, finance, legal systems, marketing and fundraising would be particularly welcome.

Trustees will have an ambassadorial role as well as a hands on delivery role on the consultation projects and events.Expressions of interest (including a brief CV and a cover letter stating why this role is of interest) must be received by email to info@govandocks.com on or before Friday 31st May with interviews for the roles scheduled to take place on Monday 10th June.

For further information or informal discussion contact info@govandocks.com

Festive Greetings From Govan Docks Regeneration Trust

We’d like to wish all our followers and supporters a merry and enjoyable festive season.

120 years since the opening of No. 3 dry dock, 2018 has certainly been a significant year for Govan’s historic graving docks.

We’ve seen proposals announced to bring the docks back into use as a working ship repair yard and the plans to redevelop the site for up to 700 flats decisively refused planning consent.

For our part we have launched a Big Lottery funded community consultation in Govan on the future of the docks. This is well underway and will be stepping up a gear or two in the new year so do keep up to date with us for news of consultation events. We will be running more pop-up stalls, starting guided walks, community and stakeholder events and more!

We are optimistic that 2019, the 150th anniversary of construction starting on the first dry dock at Govan, may be the year the future of the graving docks is finally settled.

We Are Seeking Applications for New Board Members

Could you help shape the future of one of the most significant industrial heritage sites in the World?

The A-listed Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow have been derelict and overgrown for 30 years and have spent most of that time land-banked by property speculators. In August 2018 Glasgow City Council decisively refused planning consent for a major development of 700 flats on the site in several high-rise blocks. Objections to the proposals were made by statutory consultees – most significantly on the severe flood risk that was posed – implying that the site is not suitable for residential buildings.

The future of the docks is now wide open. Govan Docks Regeneration Trust aims to be at the forefront of the future of this unique maritime heritage asset and ensure that it is relevant to the needs of the local community.

There is opportunity to bring real, long-term economic development back to the Govan area and the Clyde; with sustainable jobs, investment in the community and the opportunity for Govan to share in the success other areas have enjoyed for many years. As well as heritage and community development we are addressing issues around maritime/marine education, re-industrialisation of the Clyde and the UK Industrial Strategy. Potentially the most exciting time for Govan Graving Docks since the peak of Clyde shipbuilding now lies ahead.

We are now seeking to recruit more Trustees to further strengthen our board and support the executive team and consultants as we develop a consolidated vision for the future and implement a sustainable funding strategy to underpin it.

Over the coming years we will need to collaborate with local and national government, like minded organisations in Govan and the wider Glasgow area, the marine industry and other key stakeholders so we can contribute to a sustainable, healthy, dynamic community in and around Govan.

To meet these challenges, we are looking for diverse people who have the life/work experience and enthusiasm to contribute to developing the organisation’s strategy and represent us at joint stakeholder meetings in order to:

  • Ensure development of the docks is sensitive to it’s past and reflects local needs
  • Contribute to reports on heritage, planning, economic development and environmental matters
  • Bring together the skills and professionalism to engage diverse interests around the common cause of delivering the best future for the docks


If these challenges interest you and you have the experience of, or a background in any of the following:

  • Community development
  • Heritage
  • Tourism
  • Economic development
  • Finance
  • Planning
  • Environmental management
  • Arts development
  • Infrastructure development and construction

 

Then please get in touch with us at info@govandocks.com and include your CV to find out more.

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Govan Graving Docks: Where Do Your Councillors Stand?

Surely the opportunity to bring marine industry back to Govan Graving Docks is something our local Councillors would welcome with open arms and do all they can to support? That’s the gauntlet we throw down to them.

If you live in the Govan Ward get along to your councillors surgeries, your MP/MSP surgeries and make you voice heard by those who need your votes.

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As reported in the Evening Times (Super-yachts and river taxis could be set for the Clyde, Wed 24th April 2018), it is extremely disappointing to see the SNP councillors in Govan nailing their colours to New City Vision’s mast.

Ferguson Marine are putting forward a golden opportunity for skilled jobs, training, modern apprenticeships, tourism and more that will benefit the economy of Govan for decades if it goes ahead. Yet it seems the only long-term work these councillors want to see on the graving docks is a few retail and hospitality jobs.

Along with the Govan Docks Regeneration Trust we have been meeting community groups in Govan, we’ve been talking to people in the street and the almost unanimous consensus is that the people of Govan don’t want to see a high rise yuppie ghetto built on the graving docks for people who will commute and spend their…

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Why Oppose Housing Plans – Surely We Need New Housing?

A small number of people have questioned the reasons behind the campaign and why we are challenging plans for housing development at Govan Graving Docks. Surely we need new and especially affordable housing?

Yes we agree that new housing is always needed but there are other disused sites not far from Govan Graving Docks that would be far less complex and more cost effective to build housing on. Including several acres of land that used to have houses on it along Broomloan Road.

People need more than just homes to live in. Rewarding and sustainable jobs, learning and recreational facilities are needed as well. It is also of great cultural importance to maintain connections with our past. In terms of present and future opportunity of creating a major maritime tribute on the Clyde – Govan Graving Docks is the only remaining site where this could be done on a a major scale. This is an opportunity that would be lost forever if a major housing development were allowed to go ahead on the docks.

To grant planning consent for a major housing development on the docks would be tantamount to a declaration by Glasgow City Council – that Glasgow has completely abandoned its industrial and maritime heritage – with no intention to ever revive it.

Consultation and outreach work previously carried out by CDPI found the general public and the local community in Govan are overwhelmingly opposed to a private housing development on Govan Graving Docks and for the most part don’t even want to see the site become social housing.

Experts have expressed scepticism that the graving docks site is even at all viable for housing. A view that is unquestionably supported, by the objection to the NCV Ltd planning application, that was lodged by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Govan has already lost the iconic shipyard cranes from its skyline. Dry docks like the iconic masterpieces of Victorian engineering we have here will never be built again. Govan Docks Regeneration Trust aims to ensure that the last dry docks in Glasgow are not lost as well.

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.

Govan Graving Docks Documentary

In 2017 the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative commissioned Govan-based social enterprise Fablevision Studios to produce a short documentary film about Govan Graving Docks.

The production team interviewed members of the CDPI team, expert historians, artists, former dock workers and others about the docks and what the site means to them. We hope this short film will inspire you, as it has inspired us and many others, to be optimistic about a bright future for Govan’s historic A-listed graving docks.