Wider Red Road
There were 15 different areas in Glasgow included in GoWell – one of which was Wider Red Road.
Our study included the neighbourhoods of Balornock, Old Balornock, Petershill and Barmulloch. We were also studying the Red Road multi-story flats and information on them can be found by visiting the Red Road study area page. The map shows the study area boundaries for both of these areas – Red Road within the dark lines and the wider area shaded in blue.
We were interested in Wider Red Road because it was part of the regeneration programme that took place in Glasgow. This involved a range of activities such as building new homes, refurbishment, demolition and efforts to support communities with improved services and amenities. The area may also have been affected not only by the changes and improvements to the homes within it, but also the demolition of the neighbouring Red Road multi-storey flats. These activities provided an opportunity to find out from local residents if and how their health and lives changed as a result of investment in their homes and neighbourhood.
We carried out a number of resident surveys over our 14 year study. These consisted of interviews conducted face-to-face in people’s homes and included a whole range of questions about how people felt about their homes, their neighbourhood, services in the area, their lifestyle and circumstances and their health and wellbeing.
Over time this helped us understand more about the process of neighbourhood regeneration, and to highlight what was working well for communities and what needed more attention.
If you were involved in one of our surveys you can find additional information about your participation here.
We conducted four surveys in the Wider Red Road area: the first in 2006 in which 1,087 residents were interviewed; 2008 in which 837 residents were interviewed; 2011 in which 809 residents were interviewed; and 2015 in which 691 residents were interviewed.
A small selection of findings from these four surveys with Wider Red Road residents are shown below:
- In 2015, 89% of residents were satisfied or very satisfied with their home. This had increased slightly from 85% in 2006.
- In 2015, 89% of participants were very or fairly satisfied with their neighbourhood as a place to live. This had increased from 80% in 2006.
- 75% of participants felt part of the community in 2015. This had declined from 88% in 2008, when this question was first asked.
- 70% of participants rated their general health as excellent or good in 2015. This was a decline from 81% in 2006.
- In terms of empowerment, 48% of participants in 2015 felt that on their own, or with others, they could influence decisions affecting their local area. This was an increase from 38% in 2006.
Over the 14 years of the study we widely shared and discussed the findings from the community surveys with various service providers across Glasgow to encourage them to consider the findings when planning and prioritising services and amenities. They were used by a wide range of stakeholders including local communities, housing and regeneration organisations and local and national government.
We also regularly summarised and shared the area findings with the communities involved through our community newsletters. The last newsletter for this area can be accessed below.