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Pollok Park locals 'Go-Ape' in face of council's plans

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January 23 2008

A plan to build a high-level adventure course in the North Wood of Pollok Park has generated passionate opposition among locals. The proposal forms part of the city council’s broader strategy to make better social and commercial use of all of its parks. (Prospect has previously reported on the Café in the Park project at Bellahouston). Glasgow City Council invited the course operator, Go Ape, to produce plans for Pollok Park and other sites in Glasgow. The proposed treetop courses with bridges and zip wires and a very small footprint at ground level, is being opposed by the Save Pollok Park Campaign on the grounds that it will destroy the peace of the park. On January 22 ‘Save Pollok Park’ held a public meeting attended by about 700 people - the vast majority were opposed to the project. Robert Booth, Glasgow’s director of Land Services, bravely defended the scheme in front of a hostile crowd and expressed his concern that the National Trust, who own Pollok House, had refused to participate in the debate. If the ‘Go Ape’ project goes ahead they will be using parking and toilet facilities provided by the Burrell. It is not clear if the Burrell will be opened late during the summer to accommodate the project.

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