Residents Encouraged to Have Their Say

The Victoria Forum is inviting members of the public to have their say on the future of the Victoria Infirmary site in Glasgow’s Southside at an event on 22 February at Langside Parish Church.

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The old hospital site has been bought by Sanctuary Housing Association who are holding their own drop-in consultation sessions, starting February 9th and 11th at Langside Library, after which they say they will produce a Masterplan by March, followed by a planning application.

The public meeting is intended to add value to Sanctuary’s sessions by enabling communal discussion among small groups of local people on major topics including  housing, transport and community needs..

Evelyn Silber, chair of the Victoria Forum said “ This is a very large site and ‘housing and supporting uses’ covers a lot of possibilities.  Listening to community views can help ensure that it is of long term benefit rather than aggravating existing problems, with parking for instance. There is the potential to address local needs and improve the area. We need to think about the  types of housing we want and the community facilities we need.  For example, there is not a single children’s playground in the whole of Langside /Battlefield outside the Park. If it is just more flats and parking it will be a great opportunity missed.”

“We will feed the community’s views back to Sanctuary and the Council. We are long term stakeholders in the area. It is worth the effort to give sufficient time and thought to the future of Battlefield and its surroundings. We believe that responsible city planners and developer will be responsive to the community’s views.’

The meeting is on Feb 22nd at 7. 30 pm at Langside Parish Church, Ledard St, Battlefield.

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