The document, which NEVER WAS, showed that some of the city’s most popular bowling and tennis greens could be flattened to make room for community growth.
A report on the leak of options from Glasgow Life confirmed that the charity is considering turning dozens of sites into “open / expanded spaces,” despite the fact that many facilities are open – some of which were in use at the time of writing.
The documents were published last October, but they were kept in the dark until they were announced by the Glasgow Times.
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Discussions that were included in the discussion: Bellahouston pitch and putt; Bowls of castor milk; Caldercuilt playing fields; Drama Bowles and Tennis; Game fields on Halgrin Avenue; Step on Kelsa Street; Game fields of King George V; King George’s Field; Knightswood bowls; Knightswood Resin and Put; Knightswood Tennis; Linn Park Golf; Maryhill Charms; and Desert Greenwall Campus Community Campus.
At the time of the publication of the report Drumchapel Tennis, Knightswood Golf, all tennis and bowls were open and in use.
The document reads: “Initiatives are currently underway through broader service reform programs and through urban vision initiatives such as partnership opportunities and the Community Hub program.
“Certain places may remain prohibited or alternative uses / options may be identified.
“Re-securing some external sites, such as steps and shackles or underutilized greenery, may be aimed at growing or open spaces.”
As previously reported, the Glasgow Times launched the Save Our Places campaign earlier this year, seeking to secure futures of dozens of community favorite places.
Glasgow Life said several facilities remain closed due to funding problems caused by massive revenue cuts throughout the pandemic.
However, the clubs and groups that rely on the sites were among the first when the restrictions first began to be lifted last year.
It is clear that the creation of new cultivation sites would lead to the cessation of all group activities to free up space for gardens.
A spokesman for the Drumchapel tennis club said he was “unaware” of any plans to change the site from its current state.
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The charity, which prepared the document for Glasgow City Council staff, said that since then, several facilities mentioned in the report have been reopened.
It is clear that the idea was canceled after the refusal of local officials who were against the move.
A spokesman for Glasgow Life said: “The asset options document, drafted a year ago, was a document for discussion for Glasgow City Council, proposing potential options for the future use of sites closed by a global pandemic that would support the council’s priorities.
“Glasgow Life prepares such discussion papers that support the board’s decision-making process so that they can consider possible changes in use or lease / ownership.
“At the time of preparation Glasgow Life’s financial situation as a result of the pandemic and blockade meant that just over 60 seats had been opened to the public, compared to now when more than 90 managed to open thanks to a £ 100 million guarantee from Glasgow City Council which was agreed in March.
“Some of the facilities included in the document last October are now open as a result of this guarantee from Glasgow City Council.”