West End News

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Wednesday 26 Dec 2012

Final fight to save North Kelvin Meadow - last chance to register your protest

Photo: residents north kelvin meadow. Glasgow residents have less than two weeks to protest against plans to replace the site with 90 luxury homes. Comunity gardens and woodlands have been established, and the area is also home to a colony of bats and rare Dactylorhiza and Epipactis helleborine orchids.

Organisers of the North Kelvin Meadow Campaign have protested consistently, stating that this move is in breach of council policies on using 'stalled land' and would destroy important and well-used green space.

The council deadline for comments to the planning application is January 1 for general reaction and January 5 for local residents. Not an ideal time at the end of the festive holiday period.

'Douglas Peacock, the head of the campaign opposing the development plans, claimed that Glasgow City Council had ignored local opinion in its enthusiasm to sell the land to developers.

The campaign to save North Kelvin Meadow has reached a critical moment:

We've done two surveys, and the locals overwhelmingly do not want to see the place sold.

This is the last bit of green space in the west end that isn't a formal park or a private garden, so we're hoping the council will change their mind.

It doesn't look like they will, though, and if the planning application goes through then the land will be sold.

He accused the council of holding a community consultation on the plans at a time calculated to minimise negative responses. The North Kelvin Meadow campaign has reacted by launching a new campaign urging locals to oppose the luxury homes planning application.

We've been waiting for years for them to put the planning application in, and now they've done it right before Christmas.'

Photo: nkm. Photo: nkm vegetables. Photo: north kelvin meadow apples. Photo: trees north kelvin meadow.

People have only a brief period in which to oppose the planning application

Further details - The Guardian - The Scotland Blog

Photographs North Kelvin Meadow from flickr

Wednesday 5 Dec 2012

Miss Elsie Black celebrates her 100th birthday

Photo: elsie black. Fellow residents, friends and family of Miss Elsie Black gathered recently to celebrate her 100th birthday, in the very sheltered Abbeyfield house where she has lived for 8 years very close to Victoria Park in the West End of Glasgow.

Although born in East Kilbride ? long before it became the modern town we know today - Miss Black has lived the greater part of her life in Glasgow, working for J&P Coats for over 40 years, and enjoying a long and active retirement. She has travelled extensively, enjoyed watching the ballet and going hillwalking, and has a life-long commitment to her local church.

The party was kicked off in style by the daughter of Elsie's god-daughter, who together with her husband entertained the gathering with a song from each of the 10 decades of her life, starting with Rhianna and working back via the Beatles and Elvis to 'I'm forever blowing bubbles'.

Weblog archive

Man arrested in connection with alleged rape: Monday 3 Dec 2012

Police hunt West End gay rape beast: Sunday 2 Dec 2012

Stirring tribute to ?last man? Scottish soldier: Friday 23 Nov 2012

Red alert over lethal drugs danger: Wednesday 21 Nov 2012

Police hunt racist thug: Thursday 1 Nov 2012

Guising fun at the Meadow: Tuesday 30 Oct 2012

Clydebank drugs bust: Wednesday 24 Oct 2012

West End 'legal high' scare: Tuesday 16 Oct 2012

Police issue bogus caller alert: Friday 5 Oct 2012

Body found at Kelvinbridge: Tuesday 2 Oct 2012

Academy gains new nursery: Thursday 27 Sep 2012

Local councillor's memorial plan: Thursday 20 Sep 2012

Olympians Parade Through Glasgow: Friday 14 Sep 2012

West End trio lead curry bid: Thursday 6 Sep 2012

First Fridays down the Hidden Lane: Thursday 6 Sep 2012

Otago Lane - Development Approved: Wednesday 29 Aug 2012

Save Otago Lane - Planning Committee Site Visit: Sunday 26 Aug 2012

Picnic at North Kelvin Meadow: Monday 13 Aug 2012

Hawks could tackle Hyndland gulls menace: Wednesday 25 Jul 2012

Ditch the "stuff" - and head outdoors: Friday 13 Jul 2012

North Kelvin campaign gears up to fight major housing development: Friday 13 Jul 2012

Escape from Alcatraz: Tuesday 3 Jul 2012

Callous robbery of elderly woman: Friday 22 Jun 2012

Beware of Insulation Cowboys: Thursday 21 Jun 2012

Last ditch delay for Otago Lane: Thursday 14 Jun 2012

Police hunt knife thug: Monday 11 Jun 2012

Veteran Hillhead activist Jean leads "unfettered" inquiry into factors: Wednesday 6 Jun 2012

Give me a home where the Gruffalo roams!: Tuesday 5 Jun 2012

A Play, a Pint and an Award: Monday 4 Jun 2012

Kelvingrove police clampdown: Friday 1 Jun 2012

Traders launch 'save Byres Road' plan: Tuesday 29 May 2012

It's Gruffalo time at the Meadow: Tuesday 29 May 2012

North Kelvin Meadow planning alert: Monday 28 May 2012

Arrest after alleged attack: Friday 25 May 2012

Clintons Cards folds: Friday 25 May 2012

Chip wins its latest top award: Friday 25 May 2012

Police hunt sex attack beast: Thursday 24 May 2012

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