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Botanics nightclub plans scrapped

The Kibble Palace at the Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens were founded on an eight-acre site in 1817

Campaigners have expressed "delight and relief" over Glasgow City Council's decision to scrap plans to create a bar and nightclub in the Botanic Gardens.

The leisure chain, G1 Group, had proposed the development on a disused subterranean railway platform at the public park in the city's west end.

However, council leader Steven Purcell said the entire scheme was now dead.

Jean Charlsey from Hillhead Community Council said she was delighted that "common sense had prevailed".

The G1 Group, which is owned by Stefan King, owns about 40 venues across Scotland.

He proposed the nightclub and bar in the disused station, which had served an underground line that ran from Maryhill to Stobcross junction, now the SECC.

The line still runs across Glasgow although it has not been used since 1964.

The station shut in 1939 and burnt down in 1970, leaving just the underground platforms.

The disused railway platform in the Botanics
The subterranean railway station was built in 1896/Pic: Colin Harkins

Ms Charsley called for the station to be reinstated.

"I think it could be used, given the traffic congestion in this area," she said.

"What the council should do is talk to staff at the Botanics to see what they think it needs.

"The west end certainly doesn't need another nightclub - what people value about the gardens is its peace and tranquillity."

The community council set up a petition against the proposals, which attracted more than 4,000 signatures.

It and the Save Our Botanics Campaign have been fighting against the plans since they were revealed in June last year.

'People power'

"There was massive opposition to the proposals, not only across Glasgow, but across Scotland as well," Ms Charlsey said.

"The whole process was flawed.

"What's now concerning us is that the Botanics still needs funds for refurbishment."

Pauline McNeill, the MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, said: "People power has won the day here and while councillors have in the end taken the right decision, they must now go away and think about how to engage local people in the future of the Botanic Gardens station site.

"A visitor centre or cafe are both options and this time they should ensure that local people and regular visitors to the gardens are the first people consulted and not the last."

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