Park Consultations Glasgow

_Kelvingrove (and other parks) Consultation_
Just to let you know that Glasgow City Council’s consultation on plans
for Kelvingrove Park has only one day remaining – the closing date is
Saturday 18th December 2010.
You can participate online by visiting this link:

Other consultations for Glasgow Green, Kelvingrove Park, Bellahouston
Park, Botanic Gardens, Hogganfield Park, Queen’s Park, Pollok Country
Park can be found at The Kelvingrove Park
‘Development Plan’ can be downloaded here as a PDF <http://…>.
These consultations were issued in November by Tommy McDonald,
Assistant Director, Glasgow City Council Land and Environmental
*N.B.* A previous consultation contained questions which were used to
suggest a demand for private facilities (when people actually just
wanted toilets!). Just something to bear in mind – questions regarding
upkeep and use of buildings can sometimes be spun into demand for
privatisation so we recommend spelling things out plainly in survey
text boxes wherever possible.
Working with Woodlands & Park community council we have surveyed local
opinions on the Eldon Street toilet block – the general consensus is
that the site should be cleared, landscaped and replanted with trees
to again become one of one of the most important and attractive
approaches to Kelvingrove Park – the ‘Daffodil slope’ above the
toilets is well-loved by local residents and they think it should be

If this is the first you have heard of the Parks consultation, then
our apologies for the very short notice at this busy time of year. We
have asked the Parks Office to extend it and they will consider
replies up to Monday 20th December. We would also encourage people to
contact Glasgow City Council Parks Department with their concerns at:
Land and Environmental Services, 231 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RX
Phone: 0141 287 5918 E-mail:

_Restoration of Kelvingrove Park Bandstand & Amphitheatre (B&A)_
(see attached images and download the PDF report via this link…
_Current position:_ A fresh report by Glasgow Building Preservation
Trust, strongly recommending the restoration of the B&A, was published
in April 2010. Before it could be approved by the Council Executive,
however, the Parks Dept. decided to appoint a new consultant to revise
some aspects of the report in the light of the fast-changing economic
_GBPT report:_ Despite the B&A having lain derelict since 1999, the
report highlights a greatly increased number of potential users for
the venue, from local bands to outdoor cinema and large music and
dance festivals (e.g. Glasgow Mela, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Glasgow
Jazz Festival, Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgay and the West End Festival
– an impressively broad spectrum of the entertainment scene).
N.B. it was this enthusiasm for the venue which led the Scottish
Parliament in 2006 to congratulate the campaign (Motion
S2M-4276), and gain cross-party support for their call for Glasgow
City Council to progress the restoration. At that time there were
around 50 bandstands throughout the UK restored by Heritage Lottery.
In 2009 the figure was 85 – what is Glasgow waiting for?
However, the GBPT report also stresses the fact that the B&A has been
on the “Buildings at Risk ” register since 2004, and  any more delay
could be serious.
_Commonwealth Games 2014:_  The Bowling Greens next to the Art Gallery
are an official venue for the Games. Most other structures in the
park, from the splendid Art Galleries to the various war memorials and
the Stewart Memorial Fountain, have been renovated over the past few
years. It would seem more than timely to begin work on the B&A.
Please email if you have any problems
downloading and viewing the PDF report <http://…>.

_Kelvingrove in winter_
We have enclosed some photographs taken by our members of Kelvingrove
Park and its wildlife in the snow.
If you have photographs and illustrations of the park we would love to
see them on our Flickr group:
and please join our Facebook group:

The AGM will take place on Thursday 20th January at 7pm in the
upstairs Small Hall, Hillhead Library, Byres Road.

all the best for Christmas & New Year,
Ed Gillett (Secretary)

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