Are you aware of the proposal to sell off the Botanics station again and introduce a licensed bistro? It would be very helpful if you could draw attention to this and object to any licensed premises and such evening facilities. Byres Rd is already saturated with such places, so that the licensing board will consider rejecting any further applications for licenses – it doesn’t say anything about rejecting licenses for the Botanics though.
2.8.20 Further development opportunities exist within the Gardens at the former
Botanic Gardens railway station which is currently derelict and in need of
restoration. The station was part of a low level train line now closed. The
platform, waiting rooms and tunnel are all that remain. A high profile proposal
to develop the former station into an underground night club met with stiff
opposition at the planning application stage. Such was the opposition to the
proposal that the developer withdrew. Clearly the local community have no
appetite for this type of development within the Botanic Gardens but the
structure remains a derelict eyesore within the Gardens. A significant barrier to
the development of this site is the need for substantial engineering works to
stabilise the structure prior to restoration or conversion. To address this
issue expression of interest for development proposals will be actively
pursued for this location within the life of this plan.
The Glasgow Botanic Gardens Visitor Survey 2005. In September 2005 –
600 face to face interviews were conducted to ascertain what people thought of
the Botanic Garden, how satisfied they were and what improvements they
would like to see. The survey confirmed that the main source of visitors was
the west end of the city at 68.7% of the response 13.5% coming from
elsewhere in Glasgow and 5.3% were visitors from abroad.
• 35% of respondents indicating that they would wish to see toilet facilities
upgraded better located within the Gardens and opening hours extended.
2.9.10 When respondents were asked in the survey about catering facilities, they
indicated as follows:
• 68.7% said they would visit/utilise a catering facility within the Botanic
Gardens with 15.4% stating they would maybe use such a facility.
• During daytime, 66.9% said they would like a café and 33.1% wanted a
snack bar facility.
• During evening, 81.9% said they would prefer to see a bistro – casual dining
facility compared to 17.9% who said their preference was for a restaurant –
formal dining facility.
NOTE THERE WERE PROBLEMS WITH THIS SURVEY
THE RESULTS WERE STRONGLY DISPUTED _ FURTHER EVIDENCE IS THE MASSIVE RESISTENCE TO THE PROPOSED nightclub, licensed premises, which post-dated this survey.
If the current questionnaire is anything to go by, the disputes are not surprising.