GREEN BOOST

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Two greenspace ar­eas are to be given ex­tra pro­tec­tion through a new project.

Both Cathkin Braes and Castlemilk Park will ben­e­fit from a Com­mon­wealth Games legacy project aimed at safe­guard­ing 27 dif­fer­ent sites in and around Glas­gow for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The scheme, in­sti­tuted by the UK wide char­ity Fields in Trust, means that use of these sites is now se­cured, un­der a le­gal agree­ment, for re­cre­ation.

The ar­range­ment with Glas­gow City Coun­cil means that the sites will only be used as pub­lic play­ing fields, open spa­ces, parks or for re­cre­ation, leisure or sport­ing use.

In the event that the coun­cil wished to change the use of a site, to sell, or build upon either Cathkin Braes or Castlemilk Park, Fields in Trust must give their con­sent.

In ad­di­tion, if the coun­cil wanted to re­move an area from the Fields in Trust scheme, an al­ter­na­tive site must be added to the list in sub­sti­tu­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Frank McAveety said: “It’s widely ac­knowl­edged that hav­ing ac­cess to out­door space and un­der­tak­ing some level of ac­tiv­ity has nu­mer­ous men­tal and phys­i­cal ben­e­fits for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies.

“We were de­lighted to take part in this scheme to guar­an­tee ar­eas for peo­ple to use for a va­ri­ety of pur­poses, be it chil­dren’s play, sport or more leisurely pursuits.

“Pro­tect­ing sites such as the wellused and much loved Castlemilk Park and Cathkin Braes, with its stunning city views and ex­hil­a­rat­ing moun­tain bike trails, means that lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors alike can make use of them and en­joy them now and cru­cially for decades to come.”

Brian Sam­son, Chair of Fields in Trust Scot­land, added: “Glas­gow City Coun­cil

Wheel-y good fun Cathkin Braes was used as a cycling venue for the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games

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