Statement in repsonse to RCGF funding announcement

The Board of Trustees of Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT) are extremely disappointed that, for the second year in a row, The Scottish Government has decided not to support the refurbishment of Govanhill Baths through the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF).

We believe that the reasoning behind the decision to not award funding to Govanhill Baths is inconsistent with other projects that have been granted funding previously and in this years awards.  GBCT know that we meet all of the criteria for funding and that our project uniquely “fits the bill” for the Government’s flagship Community Empowerment and Regeneration strategies.
Nearly 600 people recently bought Community Shares in Govanhill Baths, those people are now the owners of the project and are a true example of a community “doing it for themselves”.
This news is devastating, it jeopardises the whole project and will have a demoralising effect on a community that has fought and worked so hard for 17 years to bring this vital community asset back to life.  The Trustees will be seeking answers on behalf of the shareholders and the people of Govanhill as to why our community has been ignored yet again.   We are committed to the vision and timescale for the project and are challenging the Scottish Government and our project partners to work with us in a positive and constructive manner to resolve the situation and allow us to progress the project to the benefit of the Govanhill Community