Save Pollock Park campaign gains new ground

Save Pollock Park held another public meeting on 28th October mainly to bring people up to date with the campaign. Two important new pieces of information were made available.

Andy Wightman, the leading expert on Common Good law in Scotland, came along to explain why in his opinion that there is no doubt that Pollok Park – as it was gifted to the city – should be on the Glasgow Common Good register. This was also backed up by a legal opinion from Brodies – a large and respected Scottish legal firm. A separate section on this website will be developed to look at the details of this and its implications for Pollok Park – and the legal opinion will be made available

The meeting also heard legal opinion from Desmond Cheyne QC, an Edinburgh Advocate, that in his view the legal agreements entered into in 1939 by the Estate owners (now Glasgow Council) and the National Trust are still legally binding and that it is clear that certain specific developments require the consent of the Trust. Again these detailed opinions will be made available on this website

The meeting was attended by several MSPs and Glasgow Councillors including local MSP and Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie. The meeting passed two resolutions – one urging Glasgow City Counci, in the light of the Common Good and legal issues to look for alternative sites – and the second urging the National Trust for Scotland to maintain its stated objections to the proposal as it presently stands and to ensure that, as it is now being consulted by the Council, the public are also properly consulted about the proposed development or any changes to it which may be discussed.
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