Page last updated at 19:19 GMT, Friday, 21 August 2009 20:19 UK

Campaign setback in land row case

North Kelvin Meadow
The campaign group has cleared the site and installed raised vegetable beds

Members of a community group which grew vegetables on derelict land earmarked for building have had new development plans blocked by a judge.

Glasgow City Council took two members of North Kelvin Meadow Campaign to court over efforts to transform former playing fields in Clouston Street.

A judge has now ordered the campaigners not to erect any more raised vegetable beds or install bat boxes on the site.

The council hopes to sell the site to a housing developer.

The authority took action against two named individuals from the group - its chair, Douglas Peacock, and treasurer Karen Chung.

A sheriff upheld an interim interdict against the pair which prevents them from undertaking plans to install new raised vegetable beds and bat boxes on the site.

North Kelvin Meadow
Campaigners want to grow more vegetables on the site

North Kelvin Meadow Campaign said the ruling did not prevent Mr Peacock or Ms Chung from tending "their existing gardens".

It also said the ruling did not cover the whole group and other local people could "still go ahead with bat boxes and other projects as planned".

The ruling - and determination of some local people to continue developing the site - means the stand-off between the campaign group and council looks likely to continue for some time.

Glasgow City Council plans to sell the 1.4 hectare site to a developer, paving the way for a mixture of flats and houses, along with new playing facilities.

The authority said its plans for the site had been endorsed by local people during a community consultation day.

But North Kelvin Meadow Campaign maintains the council neglected the site for more than 25 years and it acted to bring it into community use.

Members have accused the council of overreacting by taking the matter to court - a stance backed by local Green MSP, Patrick Harvie.



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