Fury after benches and bins removed from Glasgow Green weeks ahead of TRNSMT

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Fury after benches and bins removed from Glasgow Green weeks ahead of TRNSMT
Fury after benches and bins removed from Glasgow Green weeks ahead of TRNSMT

A man has hit out after vital facilities were removed from a path in Glasgow Green used by elderly and disabled residents weeks before TRNSMT festival.

John Crossan first noticed benches and bins were missing from the path running along the River Clyde from the Saltmarket on June 20.

The 55-year-old healthcare worker expressed concerns for the local elderly and disabled people who habitually use the path and will not be able to take a rest during their walks.

Glasgow Times: John Crossan, 55, standing where the benches have been removed.
Glasgow Times: John Crossan, 55, standing where the benches have been removed.

John Crossan, 55, standing where the benches have been removed.

Glasgow City Council said the measure had been taken to avoid damage to the memorial benches.

Mr Crossan, from Gorbals, said: “They’ve took away all the bins and the benches there, so there’s nowhere to sit and nowhere to put rubbish, it’s quite annoying.

“I was down for a walk with my dad who is 80 and has got health issues, and there was nowhere to sit.

“It’s affecting people’s ability to dispose of their rubbish and to even have a rest. There are a lot of elderly people who use the pathway.

“I wrote to my local councillors and was just told they were removed because of TRNSMT.”

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Glasgow Times: Council workers were seen removing more benches from Glasgow Green on Wednesday.
Glasgow Times: Council workers were seen removing more benches from Glasgow Green on Wednesday.

Council workers were seen removing more benches from Glasgow Green on Wednesday.

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Glasgow Times: Bins have also been removed from the park.
Glasgow Times: Bins have also been removed from the park.

Bins have also been removed from the park.

However, the resident believes the measure would be unnecessary ahead of the park closure for the festival, as the pathway is currently outside the perimeter of festival site.

“If you get down there, the fence is about 10 feet behind where the benches were, so that’s not part of TRNSMT,” he added.

“I know they close off that path for the days that the festival is on, which is fine, but it’s weeks before and the impact it’s having is just unacceptable.

“I think it’s just not been managed properly.”

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He also noticed damage to one of the trees in the same area of the park, however, Glasgow City Council confirmed this would not be related to work on the festival site.

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A spokesman said: “Benches along the walkway have been removed for safekeeping as they would otherwise end up within the festival site.

“Some of these are memorial benches and so we wish to avoid any risk of them being damaged during preparations of the site or while the festival is underway.

“The fallen branch is not connected to work to build the festival site. Park users on Monday evening reported hearing a loud crack and observed the fallen branch.

“The area where the branch fell is restricted as it managed to protect biodiversity and so no one was working in this part of the park.”

A spokesperson for TRNSMT said the matter was for Glasgow City Council so declined to offer any additional comment.

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