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Cumbernauld Town Centre

Hi I am new but had to join having become obsessed with Cumbernauld.

My take on the new town is as follows, it has to be preserved and people need to loosen up on it. People are really ignorant in their classification of the town centre structures, they have simply already written them off and the sooner they are torn down the better, and because of the mentality, they are in a state of no care for the buildings. It's an endless vicious circle.

People don't treat or care for the buildings, making them more grotty and neglected, making them more displeasing to the public, who then care about the buildings less etc.

What has to happen is North Lanarkshire has to recognise that, although currently in a state of hate, the town centre can be redeemed. Money has to be cut from absolutely god awful complexes like the Antonine (which frankly is a terrible wall of loathsome boredom...no architectural merit whatsoever), and has to be spent on the increasingly dilapitated Phase I and II. These are important buildings, simply because they are no longer of public interest does not detract from the fact they are historical landmarks, considered Britains first shopping complex as we know it today for instance.

The Eiffel Tower was loathed for many years after it's construction, now it is loved by many. I am not saying Cumbernauld's Phase I is the next Eiffel Tower, but what the public wants at the current moment must be ignored occasionally. As I stated, there is an importance to the town centre...it's already disgusting that much of Phase I has been demolished for the lifeless shed that is the Antonine, a clone of any shopping centre from "TownsVille"

Anyway I hope to try and start a website that can maybe capture the imagination of an extremely negative public on their town centre and show them that all those years ago Cumbernauld was a fantastic, futuristic and exciting place. People have to be reminded it can be that way again.

A quick set of pictures I took to test out my new NEX 3 camera by Sony. Not perfect but I emphasise things other's don't pick up on.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/gamegarbage/sets/72157625824174371/
cybers

We all see things differently and whilst you may indeed find it beautiful heres my take on it.

Bulldoze the lot its a shithole...

Sorry if the answer is a little abrupt but heres the problem as i see it.

The Centre design whilst very chic when originally concieved is dated and fatally flawed both in disabled access parking and the fact it straddes a main road. It is built from preform concrete which does not stand the test of time and no amount of cladding is going to make it look any better.
Perhaps if money was spent on it with a solid idea and direction it could indeed be turned around but where the money would come from is a whole other issue.

The best thing about the place is the clock which was ironic as it was missing from your shots.

P.S
Welcome to UrbanGlasgow  
pottle

Re: Cumbernauld Town Centre

appleofglasgow wrote:
Hi I am new but had to join having become obsessed with Cumbernauld.

My take on the new town is as follows, it has to be preserved and people need to loosen up on it. People are really ignorant in their classification of the town centre structures, they have simply already written them off and the sooner they are torn down the better, and because of the mentality, they are in a state of no care for the buildings. It's an endless vicious circle.

People don't treat or care for the buildings, making them more grotty and neglected, making them more displeasing to the public, who then care about the buildings less etc.

What has to happen is North Lanarkshire has to recognise that, although currently in a state of hate, the town centre can be redeemed. Money has to be cut from absolutely god awful complexes like the Antonine (which frankly is a terrible wall of loathsome boredom...no architectural merit whatsoever), and has to be spent on the increasingly dilapitated Phase I and II. These are important buildings, simply because they are no longer of public interest does not detract from the fact they are historical landmarks, considered Britains first shopping complex as we know it today for instance.

The Eiffel Tower was loathed for many years after it's construction, now it is loved by many. I am not saying Cumbernauld's Phase I is the next Eiffel Tower, but what the public wants at the current moment must be ignored occasionally. As I stated, there is an importance to the town centre...it's already disgusting that much of Phase I has been demolished for the lifeless shed that is the Antonine, a clone of any shopping centre from "TownsVille"

Anyway I hope to try and start a website that can maybe capture the imagination of an extremely negative public on their town centre and show them that all those years ago Cumbernauld was a fantastic, futuristic and exciting place. People have to be reminded it can be that way again.

A quick set of pictures I took to test out my new NEX 3 camera by Sony. Not perfect but I emphasise things other's don't pick up on.



Hi There Apple
Was not 'Gregory's Girl' 'not filmed there many moons ago?
I've never been to Cumbernauld altho I've passed there many a time going to sunny Edinburgh.
Guess the closet I got to suburban living was when my sister lived in Livingston and that was in the 70s.
Never did like the place as there was nothng much to do as such,plus there was no shops to go phaffing in.
Guess I'm just a townie at heart and always will be.
The hussle and the bussle of town life suits me,not to mention the phaffing which I love to do.

Your pics reminded of' The Gorbals'of old.
I worked there in the 70s and found  that area very gloomy.
I couldn't wait to get out of the place when the time came and back to sunny Maryhill.
I was an insurance guy back then collecting the dosh from the customers.It was a okay job and the people were okay and generally quite friendly.
Never did get mugged altho some insurance guys did doing their rounds.
Made me very cautious tho and watch my back on many if not on all ocassions.
Even collected in a little  hamlet they call' Blackhill''Man,sure must have had a deathwish working there in the dead of night.
Guess it's all changed now.
I remember the cop shop,or what was left of it once the vandals had a turn with it.Gutted it was and only the shell remained.

Welcome to the board and look forward to other pics on ya Nex 3 camera.
I Still prefer my old Brownie 123,well thats if I can  find a spool that will fit the thing of olden days.
It was my late mothers camera and she took lots of pics with it.Suited her as that all there was at the time.
Took a massive 8 pics to the spool and all in glorious black and white.
I remember going to Bannermans in the Maryhill Road and waiting 2 days for the process of the pics.
Changed days with the advent of digital and the instant results.
Enjoy ya stay here and look forward to other pics on ya camera
Fast Eddie

North Lanarkshire are very good at ignoring what the public want. Just look at their wonderful decision regarding Cumbernauld House.

The centre isn't as bad as people make out, but so far as i can see it the only reason it is worth saving is the connection to St Peter's Seminary. There's nothing that striking or inspiring about it. imo
cybers

That poxy art installation they spent a fortune on has been binned cos Strathclyde police have labelled it DANGEROUS    Jeebus when they were testing the lights just before christmas on the install did no one notice the cars all having to brake because no one could see a thing because they had it lit up brighter than a fecking Zanussi advert ...

another five grand to fix what looks like an upturned barge ribs painted green south and orange in the north ....
Fast Eddie

haha that's great, along with the mermaid it's just becoming even more of a joke!
cybers

Closest match i could find to all the bloody Cumbernauld threads and she is watching over the Town Centre after all


Aria by David C Laurie, on Flickr

To date this is my favourite Andy Scott piece though the one that was demolished in Alloa came a pretty close second
Hawick_1987

cybers wrote:
Closest match i could find to all the bloody Cumbernauld threads and she is watching over the Town Centre after all

To date this is my favourite Andy Scott piece though the one that was demolished in Alloa came a pretty close second


In Alloa?! What one was that again?  
cybers

There are half a dozen Andy Scotts in Clackmannanshire though the one that died in battle was called Stride... Not sure if it has been repaired.

http://caledonianmercury.com/2011...ture-smashed-by-boy-racer/0013955
fastnet

Did you get down to the statue ok ?

The 1st time I went I parked up at the school and walked for about a mile down through the football pitches and beyond.

Then I found I could just drive through the cemetery........D'oh.
cybers

Was informed i could drive right up to it if I went through the cemetery and made my way to the new part by you ya nugget . Been to a couple of plantings last year in there so knew where it was and once in just had to figure out where the new part was.

I am going to do it from across the other side of the Motorway but not sure if the road to the Villa is still marked as a private road and dont want to alarm anyone so will need to make daytime recce and if it is seek permission to be there as a courtesy at night time.
fastnet

Nugget ?......Why are you being nice to me ?...



I think I have dementia........  
cybers

Joking aside mate your information was invaluable as it would have been a mad walk with a possible suicide run into the bargain.  

Just a pity it started lashing when i was just getting into the swing of it.
fastnet

I forgot I posted that mate......Glad to be of assistance.
Stuball

cybers wrote:
Was informed i could drive right up to it if I went through the cemetery and made my way to the new part by you ya nugget .


I snorting coffee out my nose... hmm, salty coffee
Jester

All the work which has place trying to tart up Cumbernauld proves you can't polish a turd.
Guzzik

I lived in Cumernod from 1969 till 1980............It was a doss hole other than the forests and fishing the canal, the banknock Bing trying to knick your kit or throw you in, the LEMO thinking they ruled the town....errrmmmm what else?  Oh yes, the "Ice Cream van wars", working for the CDC that was renamed DIRECT WORKS, not a damned thing to do other than drink and doss around, Saturdays were taken up by going to the town centre and sitting in the Scan Book Shop upstairs drinking tea and chatting up Gillian who sold books down stairs..........I once heard Cumbernauld called "An armpit of Scotland"  I tend to agree oh, that film Gregories Girl?  When you watch it and you see a hand coming out of the serving area in the school meals area, that is my mum:)
cybers

Welcome along and cheers for a good wee insight into the place from a resident.

I actually like Cumbernauld as a place but then i have never had the misfortune to live there. Its a puzzle of a place and once you figure out the ring road system its brilliant.
the new builds obviously mean its starting to attract money helped on no doubt by the new motorway status.
DavidMcD316

lived there from 1982-2007.

its still better than where i live now...Bellshill!

Mon the Nauld!!
cybers

 No arguments there .... My boss lives in Bellshill nuff said  
Beavis64

The good things about cumbernauld far outway the bad things.

p.s The real radio renegade was there during the week and i just missed him!!  lol
cybers

If it wiz a grand for the bounty it doubled the cost of the whole toon ....
appleofglasgow

To the guy that contacted me on flickr regarding the centre, I replied to you mail. just in case you don't get it otherwise.

Sorry bit of a cheap post but hey ho, he agrees with me that it needs to be saved. Pair of loonies (to you lot :P)

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