PRESS RELEASE FROM SAVE POLLOK PARK CAMPAIGN

CAMPAIGN APPEALS DIRECTLY TO
NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERS TO OPPOSE GOAPE.
THREATENS JUDICIAL REVIEW

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
CAMPAIGN CALLS ON GLASGOW CITY COUNCILLORS TO
RECALL GOAPE PROPOSAL

National Trust for Scotland
NTS recently called off direct discussions with the SavePollokPark campaign over the GoApe development. In a letter to the campaign, Michael Hunter – NTS Properties and Visitor Services Director declined to deal further with SPP and said they would only ‘deal directly with Glasgow City Council in this matter.’

A spokesman for SavePollokPark said:

‘Many of our supporters are also NTS Members and NTS management told us that any decision on the development would be taken without reference to ordinary Members’ wishes.’

‘It seems NTS don’t like us pointing out the Trust’s obligation to adhere to the terms of the conservation agreement. They seem determined to find a way to circumvent the prohibition on the types of development permitted by Sir John Stirling Maxwell when he gave the Pollok Estate to the citizens of Glasgow’

‘All that is required of the Trust to stop GoApe is simply to “Say No” ‘’

‘We feel Pollok Park is a test case for the Trust’s determination to come down firmly on the side of responsible conservation. Not do so in this case sends a dangerous signal to potential donors that NTS will simply roll over and not challenge threats from developers to the national assets in its care’

‘Following legal advice from a leading Edinburgh advocate, SavePollokPark is prepared to request judicial review of any decision the Trust takes in this case’

SPP now urges the Trust’s 300,000 members to write¹ in support of our call to fully consult the Membership before any decision is taken. SPP has written to all members of the NTS Council urging them to intervene ²

Glasgow City Council
SPP today called on Glasgow councillors to refer the original decision on GoApe back to its Executive Committee

A spokesman for SavePollokPark said:
‘The proposal in January 2009 is completely unrecognisable compared with the approval in principle of Feb 2007, nearly two years ago.’

‘The Council has consistently refused to consult further with park users despite large public demonstrations and a petition to the Scottish Parliament with 5,000 signatures’

‘In frantic attempts to appease park users the council now proposes to convert Knowehead Lodge (an Arts and Crafts house dating from about 1900) in place of the derided wooden huts as a reception and toilets This building lies outside the original planning area and, despite council claims, would require further planning permission’

‘The original reason Pollok Park was chosen was that no investment was required, as existing facilities could be used. It’s obvious the original plan is in tatters and we are asking for councillors’ support in asking how these proposals will be paid for.’

SPP urges its supporters to write to their local councillors and MSPs urging the Council to reconsider ³

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS
¹ A model letter for NTS members was circulated and is attached. NTS members can download this at http://tinyurl.com/spp-ntsletterdoc
² SPP has written to all 34 NTS Member Centres throughout UK urging them to support us. The NTS Council’s members and responsibilities are summarised on the attached Trust Governance document
³ A model letter to Glasgow City Councillors was circulated to SPP members and is attached. Supporters can download this at
http://tinyurl.com/spp-councillorsletterdoc
Please note the references to Common Good. SPP has obtained legal opinion that Pollok Park is Common Good land so any revenues from GoApe (or indeed car parking) in Pollok Park cannot be used by the council, one of its original objectives. The council’s legal department still refuse to confirm their interpretation of its status. More details available from SPP


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Bill Fraser
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Fax: 0141-626 4235
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E-mail: newfarci@gmail.com

27 January 2009

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