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Council accused over Go Ape plans

Go Ape
The plans included treetop walkways and zip slides

A formal complaint of maladministration has been made against Glasgow City Council over failed plans for a treetop adventure playground in Pollok Park.

Campaigners said the authority wasted taxpayers' cash and failed to properly consider all relevant legal issues when it backed the Go Ape application.

It wants the council to disclose all its correspondence on the scheme.

Go Ape abandoned plans in June to build an attraction in the park's north wood, close to the Burrell Collection.

In a letter to Glasgow City Council chief executive George Black, Save Pollok Park campaign member, Bill Fraser, wrote: "We believe the way this project was handled by different council service departments amounts to incompetence and therefore falls within the definition of maladministration.

Unnecessary expenditure

"We contend the council failed to take full account of the legal issues surrounding common good status, despite public discussion of the issues from 2004 onwards.

"The failure by you to properly consider all the relevant issues has resulted in unnecessary expenditure of taxpayers' funds as represented by staff time and out-of-pocket expenses."

Mr Fraser's letter states that the campaign group is seeking "full disclosure of correspondence and details of expenditure dedicated to this project" from the council under the Freedom of Information Scotland Act.

A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: "We are perfectly content with the way in which we handled the Go Ape proposal."

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