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Thursday 24th of April 2014
Car Hire Glasgow Airport wonder if there will be something else to take the place of the tower block demolition now it is not happening. It is just as well it did not take to much time out of the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games.
The planned tower block demolition of Glasgow flats as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony are now not going ahead in an amazing U-turn. It was intended to blow down five of the six remaining flats in Red Road from the 1960’s, with the footage being transmitted to the world, with it lasting just 15 seconds in a collective demolition of the flats.
Not many details have been revealed as to the specific reasons for it not happening, but it did come under strong opposition from critics and an on-line petition asking for it to be scrapped did receive thousands of signatures.
In a statement, the Glasgow 2014 chief executive, David Grevemberg said, “The demolition of Red Road will now not feature as part of the opening ceremony. The decision was taken after opinions were expressed that change the safety and security context.”
Deputy chief constable Steve Allen, the Games’ security director, said “Police Scotland’s support for this element of the Games was based upon an environment in which the plan had widespread public support. Since that announcement, it became clear that the plan generated a range of strong opinions, which changed the safety and security context. I asked the chairman of the board to reconsider [the] decision in order to take account of the resources and scale of the operation that would now be required, and one which would be out of proportion to the friendly atmosphere sought by the board for the Commonwealth Games.”