10 years go by so fast

It seems that the importance of local communities and having proper amenities on your doorstep are coming back into fashion and importance these days. This shouldn’t be a surprise, most things in life are cyclical and organisations that spend 5 years implementing a decentralisation process usually spend the next 5 years bringing everything back in house.

However, that is mainly all boring office stuff so it is good to hear that some things are coming back that people can really get a benefit from. It was just over 10 years ago that Glasgow South-side residents were taking to the streets in protest at the closure of the Govanhill Baths. Quicker than you can say full blown reunion tour at astronomical prices, the Govanhill Baths has been reopened…although you’ll have to wait a while before you can dig out your cossie.

Glasgow good guy Peter Mullan performed the grand opening with a number of rooms opening up as public spaces. It is expected that the pool itself will be operational in around 18 months or so.

Govanhill Fight The Power - © Get Around Glasgow T-Shirts

Govanhill Fight The Power - © Get Around Glasgow T-Shirts

The scenes at the re-opening were a far cry from the August 2001 scenes when five police officers were injured when campaigners and protesters reacted to protesters were evacuated from the Baths. A number of objects were thrown during the melee, including pineapples. This sounds like the sort of weapon that may be used in the more affluent West-End but it just goes to show the resourceful the South-siders of Glasgow are!

Plans for the rest of the baths include a gym, an events hall and a market hall which will be made available to the local community. This is in addition to the hope that all of the four pools within the hall will be made available for use once again. You may not have predicted this 10 years ago but it seems as though there is a bright future ahead for the Govanhill Baths.

Govanhill Baths on it's way back

Govanhill Baths on it's way back