Southpark Village


Southpark Village

Southpark Village is an estate of private houses built during the mid 1990s, It is an example of how larger cities in the UK are starting to push into the city's boundaries. Most homes in the area are occupied by private owners who are within working class or lower/medium-middle class income brackets. Like much of Glasgow since the mid-20th Century, the area is ethnically diverse. The area falls under the council tax bracket of Glasgow City Council.

The area has many communal landscaped areas that are maintained through financial contributions by the residents of the estate.

History

The entire area was once owned by Lord Darnley, who ran linen works in the area. The remains of a large house can be found a few miles south of the village, and this appears to have belonged to Lord Darnley himself.

In later years the surrounding area was successfully and extensively mined for coal; During the late stages of the life of the mine, a catastrophic explosion occurred killing many local miners. A monument to those lost in the disaster currently sits on Nitshill Road, just North West of Southpark Village.

The consequences of this disaster and the subsequent abandonment of the mine have been felt as recently as the late 90s when a mine shaft collapsed in an area near the estate, leading to a massive land fill operation which successfully prevented the land around the shaft from collapsing any further.

An area near the North East side of the village was found to be prone to flooding during the early construction of the estate, and homes within the area were flooded during the winter of 2006/07.

Surrounding Areas

In recent years modern housing similar to those found in Southpark was built in the neighbouring area of Darnley, and to a great extent has improved upon the living standards and associated social problems of the older housing schemes previously located there (almost all of which have been demolised).


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