Fury at seat­ing plan­ning bid for sports com­plex

Evening Times - - NEWS - By VIVIENNE NI­COLL

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

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