Fury at seating planning bid for sports complex
A BID to get planning permission for temporary seating at Scotstoun Leisure Centre has been slammed by three community councils.
Glasgow Life wants retrospective planning permission for three temporary spectator stands at the sporting complex.
They provide an additional 2570 seats at the main stadium rugby pitch used by Glasgow Warriors bringing the total at to 7351.
A report to city planners says attendance at rugby matches is between 6000 and 7300 and the temporary stands are only used during home matches, of which there are around 15 during the season.
Once the season is over, the stands are dismantled and reassembled prior to the new season starting.
But Scotstoun, Jordanhill and Whiteinch community councils have all objected along with a number of local people.
They complain the volume of traffic as a result of the extra seating has led to congestion and road safety problems, lack of car parking and resulted in uncontrolled and illegal parking.
Objectors also say the leisure centre is not well served by public transport, residents are affected by air pollution from exhaust fumes and by the noise of idling engines, banging car doors and pre-match and halftime entertainment.
There are also concerns about spectators urinating in back lanes and the nearby park and with litter from catering establishments.
Councillors will be told a travel plan has been drawn up which sets out a series of measures to reduce traffic congestion on match days, improve access to the site, reduce the carbon footprint of spectators and to make them more considerate to local people.
These include parking restrictions at hotspots, stewarding and the introduction of barriers when people are arriving and leaving the venue.
The report says: “The transport assessment identifies traffic and parking issues associated with Glasgow Warriers’ matches at Scotstoun Stadium which have clearly impacted on the surrounding areas and the road and transport network.
“However there are around 15 home matches played each season and the travel assessment identified measures to address the issues.
“The travel plan will help reduce traffic and consequently the number of idling engines and banging doors associated with cars dropping off or picking up people.
“It is acknowledged the proposal is for a major development on a site which has below base accessibility to public transport.
“However, the proposal is for a temporary period and he development site is an existing sports facility at which competitive events have been held for many years.”
Glasgow Life is looking for retrospective planning permission for the temporary seating
Glasgow Warriors use the pitch at the facility in the West End