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Bat box move in city land protest

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

A community group in Glasgow has installed 10 bat boxes on land which the city council hopes to sell for a housing development.

Members of North Kelvin Meadow Campaign hope the move will safeguard the former playing fields in Clouston Street.

The group has been growing vegetables and planting flowers on the site, which has lain derelict for several years.

Earlier this year, the council secured an interdict preventing two members of the campaign from continuing the work.

The interdict against campaign chair, Douglas Peacock, and treasurer Karen Chung, prevented both from erecting any more raised vegetable beds or installing bat boxes on the site.

It did not cover other members of the group, who have now installed 10 bat boxes.

We have already made it clear to the group that once we have signed the missives with the developer we would try to get an agreement which allows them to continue to use the site on a temporary basis
Glasgow City Council spokesman

The group were joined by Scottish Green MSP for Glasgow, Patrick Harvie.

He told BBC Scotland that there were already bats on the site and this was about improving their habitat.

Mr Harvie said: "Hopefully in the next year or two the bats will find the boxes and start to use them."

The MSP added: "This is land which has been derelict for decades.

"The community has cleaned it up and made it gorgeous.

"The council should be very proud of the work they have done instead of taking out court injunctions against them."

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.

A spokesman for the council said: "We have already made it clear to the group that once we have signed the missives with the developer we would try to get an agreement which allows them to continue to use the site on a temporary basis."

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



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