Demo (11.45am -12.30pm on Thursday 4th April at George Square), New Petition, Update, lobby,donations, forthcoming event (Sunday 24th March) and other news.

Please sign our new Petition below that asks the Scottish Government to “Call In” the planning application if Glasgow City Council’s Planning Committee give planning consent to build flats on the North Kelvin Meadow.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-scottish-government-stop-glasgow-city-council-building-on-north-kelvin-meadow-children-s-wood

Phase 1 of objecting to the planning application via the Glasgow City Council Planning process has ended on 5th Jan 2013. If you’d like to see the letters then follow the link to Glasgow City Council Planning website: https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=M3USXQEX0FS00

If needed type in the planning application number 12/00924/DC in the search field. Click Documents and then click View Associated Documents.

*** NEW *** Phase 2 now starts where we need to lobby. See our tab “Support Us” for more details. In brief these are 4 groups we need to lobby:

A. The Planning Committee. Your objection letters will now be summarized by the planning officer and presented to the 18 Planning Committee Council members at a meeting date that still to be decided. Probably beginning March 2013. These people won’t have been to the land, know what people use it for, seen our events, or know much about what’s been happening or the process the Council followed. It’s now about “quality over quantity” but we need to state our case directly to them and make them aware of what people think of the land. Photos help which you can get from our flicker group and pictures and videos on our and the children wood website. See the “Support Us” tab for more details on who they are and times their surgeries are on.

B. The Councilors on the Council Executive who made the decision to put the land up for sale.

C. Anyone else that can sway the decision. And that means Media, other bodies, other Councilors, people that the Council will listen to etc.

D. MSPs. We would expect this decision be “Called In “ to the Minister at the Scottish Government if it doesn’t go our way. But that won’t be done if people don’t ask and give reasons on why that should happen. This is really Phase 3 as they can’t Call In till the Council make the decision – and indeed we hope and expect the decision the Council Planning Committee make will go our way. But we do need to start lobby this now so as MSP are away of the issue. There are 2 main reason again see our website under tab “Support Us” for details.

Donations: Its does require money to run a campaign and provide events etc so any contribution you can give is much appreciated.
Bank Account Name: North Kelvin Meadow Campaign
Bank Account: 00174585
Sort Code: 82-64-26
Charity Number SC041346
Cheques can be sent to 1/1 84 Sanda Street, G20 8PS and made payable to North Kelvin Meadow Campaign.

What’s happening?

NEW – Forthcoming Demo. On Thursday 4th April 11.45am – 12.30pm we’ll be having another demo on George Square to maintain the pressure on Glasgow City Council not to sell off this land. Please do come along? Various speakers. This is the largest public greenspace in the West End / Maryhill thats not a formal public park or residents garden. Thats worth saving!

NEW – Sunday 24th March 2pm – 4pm. Peter Rabbit event on the Meadow. The Big Easter Egg Hunt, get your map on the day! Pet a real Rabbit, Make crafts. Listen to Peter Rabbit stories (Anna Lehr). Enjoy Home baking , face painting and LOTS more! Suggested donation £5.

Composting: What a difference a year makes! Well done to all who have really put in some effort getting our 5 bins going. Loads of worms which is a great sign of things going well. Can we considerate our efforts now on Number 1 please. Needs a good fork up if anyone wants to volunteer? POSTPONED TILL AFTER EASTER - Some work will take place soon to put in a new system. Basically moving compost to Number 1 from the other bins and installing a grass roof on Number 1 along with a petition down the middle. Some Orchard maintenace work too.

** Done **Sunday 24th of February 2013, 11-12pm. There will be a general spring cleaning of the land. Quintin will be leading a fix/repair/paint session for the fence surrounding the Meadow. A list of activities will be put up on the day, please come even just for a short while and help out. They call it the Green Gym you know! :) But we’ll have some hot tea and coffee in case it all gets too much! Wear old clothes.

** Done ** Saturday 26th Jan 2.30pm The Little House of La performs a unique music experience for families. Cost is £5 payable on the door. There will be fiddle, banjo, ukulele, harmonies, inventive percussion, actions, puppets and general silliness. For more details see http://www.thechildrenswood.com website.

** Done ** The George Square vigil. We’ve gathered hundreds of signatures for our petition as well as talked to council members and the public about the campaign. Every day a different campaign person represents us all by being in George Square (we were even there on Christmas day and New Year’s day) between 12 and 1pm. If you’d like to sign up to do a slot email: childrenswood@hotmail.com

Raised Beds: ** Update: all taken ** we do have a few spare raised beds given out on a small notional annual rental. If your keen to take over one then get in touch and we’ll send you details.

Please continue to keep the land looking at its best by picking up any litter, sweeping the entrances and generally looking after the place.

For those that haven’t seen our sister site please do have a look:

http://thechildrenswood.com/

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