Govanhill is bordered by the neighbourhoods of Pollokshields to the North West and the Gorbals to the North East. It extends as far south as the Crosshill area and Queens Park and is separated from the Shawlands and Strathbungo areas to the west by Pollokshaws Road, and from Toryglen to the east by Aikenhead Road. At the core of Govanhill is a collection of traditional tenement flats between Victoria Road and Cathcart Road, bisected by the thorough fares of Calder Street and Allison Street running east to west.
Govanhill's Locality Plan, 'A Better Govanhill', was developed in September 2017, along with locality plans in each of the city's Thriving Places. It was developed through the Govanhill Regeneration Group, a structured forum with representation from public sector and third party sector organisations alongside representatives of the local community.
In August 2018, Govanhill Housing Association's Committee approved a proposal for Govanhill Housing Association to become the community anchor organisation for the approved Thriving Places initiative in Govanhill. Housing Association staff worked closely with local people through the Govanhill Community Development Trust throughout the year while preparations were made for the appointment of a community co-ordinator.
Community Conversations were a key task for this Locality during 2018/19, as it is at an earlier stage of the Locality Planning process than some of its neighbouring localities. This work has provided a unique, safe environment where the diverse community of Govanhill can come together in a productive, creative and engaging way. At the beginning of Community Conversations the group identified positive and negative aspects of life in Govanhill. The group decided to first explore three of them:
- Environment and waste
Celebration of diversity
Throughout the year, community conversation participants have generated thousands of ideas for the neighbourhood, mapped the assets of Govanhill and created the first issue of community made Govanhill Zone.
A progress report detailing more activities from 2019 can be found here: Govanhill update 2019 [180kb]
Steering Group Minutes
The inaugural meeting of the Govanhill Thriving Place Steering Group took place on 12th June 2019:
The next meeting of the group will take place at Samaritan House on 13th November 2019
How You Can Get Involved
For further information about Govanhill Locality Plan or to find out how you can play a part in achieving a Better Govanhill please contact Gordon Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
The full locality plan for Govanhill can be found here: Govanhill Locality Plan [2Mb]
Govanhill Community Development Trust promote Govanhill and local opportunities at: http://www.govanhillha.org/govanhill-community-development-trust/
Read about how Glasgow is URBinclusion to drive its Thriving Places in Govanhill: urbact.eu/how-glasgow-using-urbinclusion-drive-its-thriving-place-govanhill