Glasgow Against Closures – Protest Picnic People’s Palace

picnic in the park peoples palace

Saturday 23 April 2022, 12 Noon – 2 p.m.

People’s Palace,  Glasgow Green, Templeton St, Glasgow G40 1AT

Vote to Re-Open Glasgow’s Venues 

Glasgow Against Closures groups and members  will come together to deliver a strong message to re-open all venues  to  all the candidates standing in the Glasgow City Council elections of 5 May 2022.

26 out of 27 Community Centres & Halls are still closed

Communities across Glasgow feel abandoned with 26 out of 27 community centres & halls closed. 

At the protest there will be reports/speeches  on the progress of each of the campaigns, music, poetry, and some entertainment for children.

The People’s Palace will be partially open, with Café and toilet facilities. The closed Winter Gardens will be wrapped in its yellow ribbon of hope.

Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5

colonl dijon

Before their gig at St Luke’s, John and some other band members will also be taking part in a Protest Picnic at the People’s Palace from 12pm to 2pm.

Glasgow Against Closures is against the closures of venues, cuts to essential services, job losses and “asset transfers”

glasgow against closures logo

Glasgow Against Closures is  a non-partisan  organisation who appreciate the public services of Glasgow & supporters of the various venues.

Glasgow Against Closures came into being after Glasgow Life announced the closure of 59 essential venues spring 2020 , following the long closures of the Covid epidemic. These included five libraries, 11 community halls and centres, three museums and 40 sports fields and gymnasia. The closed venues  ranged from the Oldest House in Glasgow (1471) to the relatively modern Drumchapel Community Centre (2006).

It is the view of the campaign that lack of information and clarity from Glasgow Life & Glasgow City Council has contributed to the frustration of the campaigns (“It’s not closed: it’s just not open” statement ) which is why the campaigns are having to continue to protest to re-open these essential facilities and services. They feel strongly that Glasgow’s facilities and venues need to be run by the City Council, which is accountable to the voters.

Colin McGeoch spokesperson for Glasgow Against Closures said:

” These local community venues and services  were deemed essential to local communities prior to the pandemic and are even more critical now. Local venues are needed to provide community space for organisations to deliver vital services such as tackling mental health, loneliness, fitness and wellbeing, access to benefit & job support & foodbanks.”

For further information contact Colin McGeoch 07771 854365 or Fatima Uygun

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