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COMMUNITY Council Plant Seed Of Merchant City Park Idea

A COMMUNITY campaign to turn a Glasgow City Centre development site into a park  has been launched.

Merchant City and Trongate Community Council want the land at Ingram Street, Candleriggs and Albion Street to become a “green, multi-use public area”.

An of image of how the park could look.

It is currently used as a pay and display car park and was recently sold by Glasgow City Council to the council’s subsidiary company City Property for £3.5million.

City Property regard the land as a “key opportunity” for a mixed use development, although a recent hotel plan fell through.

The land is leased to National Car Parks at a rental of £6,830 per month (£81,960 per annum).

The community council, which has started online consultation over its idea, states: “This space already has 20 or so mature trees and an internationally recognised, popular mural.

“They could make a basis for an attractive park setting where locals and visitors can meet, socialise or run events. It would be a unique park attraction for east central Glasgow.”

It has submitted a Participation Request under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 in the hope it can have a say over the site’s future.