Confirmed victory
Petitioning Leader of Glasgow City Council Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government and 4 others

Stop plans to blow up tower blocks as part of Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.


The Red Road flats have shaped Glasgow's skyline for five decades and housed many families. People from around the world have many memories of living there. But their former homes are to be demolished as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. 

Five of six remaining blocks of flats will be blown up in just 15 seconds – an event described by organisers as the biggest demolition of its kind ever seen in Europe. But one block, housing refugees and asylum seekers, will be left. Those residents and surrounding residents (approx 900) are to be evacuated and offered a free ticket to watch the demolition on a big screen.  

The blocks’ final few moments will be beamed live into the ceremony at Celtic Park as well as to an estimated TV audience of more than one billion people around the world.

The five tower blocks will be brought down simultaneously, by 2,755lb of explosives, necessitating an exclusion zone, road blocks and the prospect of widespread dust.  

Many people are dismayed by this proposal. The reasons are many: the disrespect displayed by blowing up homes for entertainment; the mixed and complex message of 'regeneration' by destruction; the insult to the families remaining in the sixth block; the disruption to families and the city at the time of a huge event; the uncertainty around safety in the context of such a big demolition project; the additional pressure placed on public services when the city will be welcoming thousands of international visitors. 

Even if there is some support for the proposal, it is clearly now a fact that it has polarised people. Surely, it was never the intention of the organisers to deliver such a disuniting opening to the Commonwealth Games. 

Letter to
Leader of Glasgow City Council Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government
Kate McCheyne Commonwealth Games Committee via PR office
Scottish Government Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport and Gordon Matheson, Glasgow City Council
and 2 others
Chief Executive, GHA Martin Armstrong
Chair, GHA Gordon Sloan
Stop the plan to demolish Red Road flats as part of Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. The homes and communities of families should be demolished with dignity. If the flats are not fit for 'human' habitation, the message to the residents (asylum seeking families) in the remaining block is that they are not human enough to deserve decent housing.

The five tower blocks will be brought down simultaneously, by 2,755lb of explosives, necessitating an exclusion zone, road blocks and the prospect of widespread dust.


Many people are dismayed by this proposal. The reasons are many: the disrespect displayed by blowing up homes for entertainment; the mixed and complex message of 'regeneration' by destruction; the insult to the families remaining in the sixth block; the disruption to families and the city at the time of a huge event; the uncertainty around safety in the context of such a big demolition project; the additional pressure placed on public services when the city will be welcoming thousands of international visitors.

Even if there is some support for the proposal, it is clearly now a fact that it has polarised people. Surely, it was never the intention of the organisers to deliver such a disuniting opening to the Commonwealth Games.

Please reconsider. By listening to people, you will earn much respect. Thank you.