South Nitshill

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South Nitshill
South Nitshill is located in Glasgow council area
South Nitshill
South Nitshill
South Nitshill shown within Glasgow
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  • Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Glasgow
Postcode district G53
Dialling code 0141
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55°48′29″N 4°21′32″W / 55.808°N 4.359°W / 55.808; -4.359Coordinates: 55°48′29″N 4°21′32″W / 55.808°N 4.359°W / 55.808; -4.359

South Nitshill is a district in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is situated south of the River Clyde. It is bordered to the south-east by Southpark Village, to the north-east by Darnley and to the north by Nitshill, all being other residential districts within Glasgow. To the west are fields separating the city from the town of Barrhead in East Renfrewshire. The closest railway station is Nitshill.

The original housing scheme (the Crescent, Whitacres, Woodfoot and the Valley) has now largely been demolished. Only the Valley area remains, and it has recently been refurbished.

The demolished areas have now been replaced with private housing (ironically, 60 of them flats) mainly built by Persimmon Homes. Other builders are across the road in the Parkhouse area (known to locals who lived in South Nitshill in the 1970s and 1980s as "The Wimpeys").

Although the scheme was, from 1960 onwards, plagued with social problems like any other, a strong community spirit remained. For those who have bought new houses or remain in the Valley area, the community spirit that once was in South Nitshill is somewhat lacking. Facilities are very poor - Nitshill Primary and Woodacre Nursery have now closed under Glasgow City Council's Pre 12 strategy, and not a single shop exists in the area. This has led to criticism from locals given there are (or will be) nearly 1400 houses in the area by 2011, yet no facilities to support them. In its 1970s and 1980s heyday, South Nitshill had a dozen shops, two churches (St Bernard's and a little-known Church of Scotland Church which closed in the early 1980s), a bus terminus and "Jean's" three ice cream vans.

The only vestiges of the old scheme that now remains are the huge St Bernard's Catholic Church (designed by Glasgow architect Thomas Cordiner and opened in December 1963) and the Sky Dragon take-away shop (est 1989), both on Wiltonburn Road. This Parish and family run business still survives despite the destruction of all around, and looks forward to growth with the advent of new housing.

Regeneration will improve, hopefully, the physical appearance of the area, and perhaps in the future people will look back with fond memories of the new scheme as they did of the old.

Edit to sky dragon data:

Used to be a doctors surgery in the 1970s and a fish and chip shop in the 1980s

Actually, it was a fish and chip shop in the late-1960s.