Plans to blow up Glasgow flats for Commonwealth Games abandoned
Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing
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Plans to demolish five blocks of flats to mark the beginning of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have been abandoned, following a public outcry.
Organisers had hoped to broadcast the detonation of the Red Road flats to a live global audience to celebrate the games.
However, the plan was met with widespread criticism, with critics claiming that the stunt would be insensitive to the building's former tenants.
After more than 17,000 signed a petition to have the plans scrapped, organisers said that the project was being abandoned for "safety and security" reasons.
In a statement, Games chief executive David Grevemberg said: "We made it clear from the outset the absolute priority was safety and that this event would only happen during the opening ceremony if it was safe to do so.
"Over the past few days it has become clear that opinions have been expressed which change the safety and security context.
"Glasgow 2014, Games partners and key stakeholders, including Police Scotland and Glasgow Housing Association, are not prepared to allow what was proposed to be a positive act of commemoration to create risk for all concerned, including the communities of north east Glasgow."