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Swinton Park’s Future Uncertain: Community Fights Back Against Expansion Plans

Residents Gathered at Swinton Recreational Park In Glasgow
Residents Gathered at Swinton Recreational Park In Glasgow

The tranquility of Swinton Recreational Park, a beloved local haven on Swinton Road, is at risk. Swinton community members are up in arms after Springhill MOT Station In Glasgow unveiled a proposal that could dramatically reduce the park’s expanse.

Swinton Recreational Ground
Swinton Recreational Ground

A recent community council meeting saw approximately 100 Swinton residents come together, uniting in their decision to formally oppose the plan. At the heart of this contention is the company’s intention to add 46 more parking spaces to the existing 23, leading to a sizeable 2025 sq m chunk of the green space being repurposed.

Local residents are challenging the firm’s claims. As the spokesperson for the group emphasized, “The park is far from underutilized. Just the other day, amidst our meeting, a budding football team commenced their practice on its grounds. Our park is an essential communal hub – not just for sports, but as a cherished space where residents foster connections and friendships.”

Residents Gathered at Swinton Recreational Park In Glasgow
Residents Gathered at Swinton Recreational Park In Glasgow

In a twist, Springhill MOT Station’s proposal doesn’t solely focus on parking. They aim to introduce a dog agility zone and a five-a-side football pitch, replacing the current nine-a-side pitch. However, the community isn’t entirely sold on this, with the spokesperson noting, “Swinton’s green spaces are a rarity, and the park is irreplaceable. The overwhelming sentiment at the meeting was a clear rejection of the proposal.”

Adding to the public’s concerns are the implications of increased car traffic. Since the firm’s acquisition of its current land in 2020, residents have been increasingly wary of escalated noise and potential air pollution. In a gesture to appease the community, the company proposed that the dog agility facility is being established “for the community’s benefit”, complete with a modest fence.

The banner created by residents
The banner created by residents

While Springhill MOT Station remains silent with no comments on the matter, the community awaits Glasgow City Council’s decision, anticipated by September 29. Residents who wish to voice their opinions have until August 31 to submit their comments.

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