Campaigners present own plans for Glasgow’s Park District

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Campaigners fighting against plans to build a modern block of flats in Glasgow’s Park Quadrant have submitted their own alternative proposal for the area.

The campaigners have lodged a planning application for public gardens and a visitor centre, including a statue of architect Charles Wilson who designed the area.

A spokesman for the Park and Woodlands Heritage group said, “By regenerating the Park Quadrant gardens, we will not only provide a community and visitor asset, but will maintain the integrity of the site and the setting of the wider, world-class conservation area for future generations.

“We’re seeking to develop a facility that will tell the story of our history and attract visitors who will use the pavilion and gardens and its facilities.

“We anticipate offering spending opportunities in the proposals to allow us to generate funds to maintain the garden and pavilion on an on-going basis, ensuring community access into the future.

The proposal is expected to go before Glasgow City Council’s planning committee in May.

The spokesperson added, “There is, rightly, a lot of concern that this historic area should not be destroyed by an ill-thought out plan, motivated by private profit.

“Our alternative proposal will make proper use of the land, in a way that’s sustainable and sympathetic to the local landscape. It will provide an elegant, living resource that will benefit the entire community and beyond rather than the pocket of a developer.”