Introduction- page 3
Methods- page 4
Results- page 6
Figure 1- shows the town of Helensburgh with snowy hills in the background taken from Greenock
Page 3 Introduction
The geography topic I’m doing
The geography topic I’m doing in this written project is how Helensburgh’s urban geography changes from the town centre outwards.
What I aim to do
In this written project I aim to tell you how the urban geography of Helensburgh changes from the town centre outwards. I aim to tell you this by written up information, using graphs/diagrams and pictures.
Helensburgh has a population of 14,626 (figure from 2001 census). Helensburgh was founded in 1776 by Sir James Colquhoun. He had the town built in the style of Edinburgh New Town and named the town after his wife Helen. In 1903 Charles Rennie Mackintosh built the Hill House.
Helensburgh is a commuter town for the nearby city of Glasgow. And people also use it as a commuter town to get to Faslane. Faslane is a base for the British navy and holds Britain’s nuclear deterrent weapons. The town has a swimming pool (indoor), a range of shops, cafes and pubs, sailing and has a golf course. Helensburgh in a study is said to be the second most expensive place to buy a property in Scotland.
Where is Helensburgh?
Helensburgh is situated on the West of Scotland in the council area of Argyll and Bute. Helensburgh is on the North shore of the Firth of Clyde and the Eastern shore of the Gareloch entrance. Helensburgh is 61 miles West of Edinburgh and London is 363 miles
South-southeast of Helensburgh. Figure 2 below shows you where Helensburgh is in the United Kingdom (red marker). Figure 3 is a more zoomed in map of figure 2 and is showing you the streets of Helensburgh. Figure 2 Figure 3
The first bit of data I collected in the town centre (West Princess St) was traffic and pedestrian counts. What I would do here is stand on West Princess St and keep a tally of what sort of vehicle past me. E.g. I have 5 traffic types noted down cars, motorbikes, buses, bicycles and trucks/tractors and say if a bus passed me I would put a tally mark beside buses. I did the same for Pedestrians walking by me. The heading for the pedestrians were working aged females, working aged males, pensioner females, pensioner males and children. So if a pensioner female past me I would put a tall beside pensioner female. I did this for a five minute period. This was a good way of collecting data because it tells you what sort of vehicles and people are in the area and you can compare the vehicles and people to the other people and vehicles when you are moving out the town centre into more housed up areas. As I move outwards I should be noticing less traffic on the roads and less people walking about on the streets.
The second bit of data I collected on West Princess St was a sound map. To collect this data I stood on West Princess St for three minutes. What I had to do was write “Me” on my data collection sheet and start the three minutes. During the three minutes I had to listen out for sounds. When I heard a sound I would have to write down what the sound was on the sound map. I would write the sound down on the sound map from where the sound came from and how loud the sound was. So say I heard a bird whistle to the right of me, I would note down bird on the sound map to the right of the word “Me” and say the bird whistle Was quiet I would put it further to the right but if it was loud it would be closer to the word “Me” on the sound board. I