You’re invited to a COMMUNITY PICNIC at the North Kelvin Meadow (G20) on Sunday 18th July 2010 from 2pm (and onwards into the afternoon).
You’ll need to bring food and drink to share, and things to sit on (rugs, chairs, etc). There will be music and bands, fun and games, a bric-a-brac stall, and lots of your friends and neighbours from the area. So come along and meet up!
There will be information about the campaign to stop the development on the Meadow too, and you’ll get to see our lovely Meadow at its best (hopefully the sun will be shining!).
If you’d like to help organise the event, or want to bring along some bric-a-brac for the stall, leave a comment (with a link to your email address) on this article and we’ll be in contact or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We can’t wait to see you there!
You can find more information at:
I am writing to highlight the need to write in about the GLASGOW WEST CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISAL – Draft for consultation.
Within the Kelvinside and North Kelvinside Character Area, at page 124, I have objected to the proposal for LOC 9: Improvement of the former Clouston Street Recreation Ground. The information contained in this draft document is misleading and inaccurate.
I hav asked for deletion of the statement at page 124:
“Sections of the metal fencing enclosing the former Clouston Street recreation ground are in poor condition and unsightly. The site is unmanaged overgrown. It has planning consent for new housing development and small park, but has been temporarily adopted by the local community as “North Kelvin Meadow”.
I have stated that the site is open space, and is known as “North Kelvin Meadow”. It has been adopted by the local community for food growing and recreational purposes. Planning consent has not been granted for residential development as yet. Upgrading and improvement of railings and management of the open space as a communal garden for use by the local community is recommended.
Please send in your comments to: –
email@example.com or post to: Heritage & Design, Development & Regeneration Services, 229 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QU. The closing date for comments is 9th July 2010.
This Meadow should be left for the use of the community. There is little enough green space left as it is within the urban enviroment. There is enough housing developments as it is. I strongly object to this proposal.
Here’s what I sent to the council:
The section on page 124 reads:
LOC 9: Improvement of the former Clouston Street recreation ground. Sections of the metal fencing enclosing the former Clouston Street recreation ground are in poor condition and unsightly. The site is unmanaged and overgrown. It has planning consent for new housing development and small park, but has been temporarily adopted by the local community as ‘North Kelvin Meadow’.
There is no planning consent to build on this land. This statement is inaccurate and misleading and should be removed from the document. The council wish to sell this land to a developer so that they can invest in the upgrading of sports facilities nearby. Whilst I wholly support the upgrading of the nearby facilities I feel that the loss of the open space at Clouston St would affect those who currently use the area as a community growing and composting area. The space is also used by dog walkers. In addition there is ecological value to the semi-natural spaces in the area.
In planning terms I think the forthcoming Open Space Strategy should be used to determine if there are any deficiencies in certain types of open space before the council commit to selling off this land as it is their duty to find out what types of open space people need. The Sports Pitch Strategy which promotes the sale of the land is only part of the picture and does not even address sports such as tennis and bowls. Open space typologies also include allotments and community growing spaces, and semi-natural green spaces and if the site at Clouston St was redesignated it would be afforded much greater protection.
I have attached drawings showing the existing conditions at Clouston Street and the opportunities for this site. I have also attached some photos of the site showing the improvements made by the community in the past two years. I note that the Coach House Trust are involved in various sites in the surrounding area and they might be interested in taking on some of the maintenance at Clouston St, particularly as this is a large enough site which would allow them to roll out some kind of income-generating new land uses such as a community composting scheme. It would be good to see the Conservation Area Appraisal include innovative and imaginative uses for open spaces. Given the hard times we are facing, community-led schemes and income generating uses would seem most appropriate.
If anyone wants to see the drawings I sent in please feel free to mail me and I’ll pass them on.
The meadow project is a local community leading by good example.
Small individual plots and a community plot allows
everyone to benefit from home grown produce.
It encourages a spirit of neighbourghly behaviour..long forgotton in the city. It is time the council took notice and learned from their example …
Let the locals continue to improve this space and if the council really wish to contribute , I suggest they make the fencing around the area safe.