Daily protest bid to save green space

A FIGHT to save a threatened green space in Glasgow will continue even if developers get the go-ahead.

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Protesters plan to be in George Square every day in a bid to stop the development
Protesters plan to be in George Square every day in a bid to stop the development

Campaigners battling to keep North Kelvin Meadow in the hands of the community say they will hold a vigil in the city's George Square every day until the plans to build almost 100 homes in the West End are axed.

Developers New City Vision (NCV) submitted an application to build 90 townhouses, flats and mews on the former playing fields site between Clouston, Sanda and Kelbourne streets.

People who were against the plans had until New Year's Day to object but the council has extended the deadline for letters until the end of the week.

Around 20 people, including families with young children, gathered in George Square yesterday, carrying banners.

Emily Cutts, 34, chairwoman of the Children's Wood, which is located in the meadows, said: "We'll keep fighting even if planning permission is granted. This has always been a community space.

"There's not anything like this in the area. This is valuable, it's about children's wellbeing."

A petition against the plans has already gathered 1600 signatures – and it's hoped to hit 10,000.

Members of the group will hold a daily demonstration in George Square between noon and 1pm for the foreseeable future.

Sarah Hunt, a full-time mum, 33, who lives in Hyndland, said: "Once a building goes up it can't be undone. The green space is changed forever. The council needs to see how important these wild meadows are."

Fellow protester Caroline Scott, 47, a project manager, said: "I live on the edge of the meadow and I see people using it every day. It is an open space in a densely populated area and has become a community hub."

NCV says that, if granted planning consent, it will build play space and upgrade the nearby North Kelvinside pitches on completion.

But The Save the North Kelvin Meadow Campaign has continued to gather major support, including from River City and Taggart actor Tam Dean Burn.

A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: "The application will be considered by the planning committee in due course."

rachel.loxton@ heraldandtimes.co.uk


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