A document never seen before reveals that some of the city’s favorite bowling and tennis greens could be flattened to make way for growing community spaces.
A leaked option report from Glasgow Life confirmed that the charity is considering converting dozens of sites into “open / growing spaces” despite the many facilities being open.
The papers, published last October, have been kept in the dark until the Glasgow Times.
Features included in the conversation are: Bella Houston pitch and putt. Castlemilk Bowls Caldercuilt Playground Drum Chapel Bowls & Tennis Hall Green Avenue Playground Kelso Street Pitch King George V Playground King Georges Field Nightwood Bowls Night Sod Pitch & Pit Nightwood Tennis Lynn Park Golf Mary Hill Bowls and Nutherton Community Campus Bowling Green.
By the time the report was published, drum chapel tennis, nightwood golf, tennis and bowls were all open and in use.
The document states: “As part of broader reform programs and initiatives through the City Vision initiative such as Partnership Opportunities and the Community Hub Program.
“Identified locations may remain infested or alternative uses / options may be identified.
“Some outdoor sites such as pitch and pit or less used green space may be allocated for redevelopment or open space measures.”
As previously reported, the Glasgow Times launched the Safe Over Venues campaign earlier this year to secure the future of dozens of our beloved community locations.
Glasgow Life says a number of facilities have been shut down due to funding issues due to a massive drop in revenue from epidemics.
However, clubs and groups that rely on sites were among the first to open when restrictions began to be lifted early last year.
It is understood that the creation of new growing sites would disrupt all activities of the group to the liking of vegetable gardens.
A spokesman for the Drum Chapel Tennis Club said it was “unaware” of any plans to relocate the site.
The charity, which prepared the document for Glasgow City Council officials, said many of the facilities mentioned in the report have been reopened.
The idea is believed to have been scrapped after local authority officials refused to oppose the move.
A Glasgow Life spokesman said: “The asset options paper, drawn up a year ago, was a debating document for Glasgow City Council, outlining possible options for future use of closed areas due to the global epidemic. There were those who would support the council’s priorities.
“Glasgow Life documents such discussions that support the council’s decision-making process so that they can consider possible changes in use, or transfer of lease / ownership.
At the time it was developed, Glasgow Life’s financial position, more than 60 locations open to the public as a result of epidemics and lockdowns, has managed to open more than 90 locations. Bail from Glasgow City Council agreed in March.
As a result of this Glasgow City Council guarantee, some of the facilities included in last October’s paper are now open.