Sunday, 24 January 2016

Businesses value access to local greenspace

On Tuesday, 26th January 2016, there is a site visit and hearing by the Council's Planning Committee to the open space at Kelbourne St/Sabda St/Clouston St. to determine planning applications for its future use. 

I am a supporter for the proposal for the use of this existing open space as a community woodland and park. This ground has never been built on and the Council must acknowledge that the community woodland and park plan is in keeping with the existing architectural landscape of the area. The site is located within the Glasgow West Conservation Area and is a well established, vital greenspace for local nature conservation.

View of the site known as North Kelvin Meadow and Children's Wood.

This week, a report showed that businesses recognise the importance of having access to local greenspace. This new research from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) indicated that "Almost three quarters of Scottish businesses believe urgent action is needed to protect and enhance Scotland’s natural capital." This evidence backs up the case for the plan for the community woodland and park to go forward. The Council can make a real difference by protecting this greenspace asset for use by residents and businesses.

Useful link:

CSGN Business Survey Report -

The benefits of the Children's Wood -

UPDATE: On 26th January, the Planning Committee approved plans for a new housing development on the site and also, agreed to the community woodland and park.

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