Help take forward our bid for the largest urban community buyout in Scottish history.
“The Valley, Maryhill SCIO” has been established to take forward the largest urban community buyout in Scottish history. Following local campaigns to prevent the sale of 2.14 hectares of a historic neighbourhood of Maryhill, Glasgow, by owners Glasgow City Council, The Valley SCIO is seeking to enter a bid for an asset transfer to the Scottish ministers, or succeed in making a late bid for the sale of the site.
The Valley, the local name for the Collina Street site, used to host public housing, which was demolished in the mid noughties. The site sits between the Forth and Clyde Canal, which bounds the site to its North and West, an area of mature woodland to its South West, and the Kelvin Water to its South. It has been estimated that the local residual heat from these two water systems could heat half of the Maryhill ward (population 21,000), and have spare heat to heat local greenhouses for year round food production reducing food miles. Our aim is to develop community responsive, passivhaus development, with district heating, built to the highest build standards to last for generations, and ensure affordable community-controlled social housing both as an exemplar of what organised people can achieve, and contribute locally to the battle against climate change.
We are developing a business plan and counter proposal to privatisation of this site by Glasgow City Council, to submit to the Scottish ministers in a short timescale. To that end, we are looking for a VOLUNTEER TRUSTEE (alongside a commitment to community controlled housing and a community buyout for the site) with any (or all) of the following:-