Glasgow locals call for abandoned 'eyesore' primary school to be turned into play park

Residents say the current site is an "eyesore"
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Locals in the east end of Glasgow are banding together in a bid to repurpose a former primary school site.

A petition has been created with over 50 signatures already as residents urge Glasgow City Council to "take action" on the former Commonhead Primary School, which lies abandoned, with residents describing the site as an "eyesore".

Easterhouse locals are keen to transform the current site, which is currently "unkept", into a play park for children.

Petitioners are keen to create a "vibrant" and "safe" area for local kids with the petition organiser Anton Maguire saying: "Our community deserves better than an overgrown and neglected space."

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Anton writes: "I and many other residents have this unkept spare ground to look at from our windows, which is an eyesore. The old Commonhead Primary School site in Easterhouse, Glasgow, has been left abandoned for too long.

"This wasted ground could be transformed into a vibrant play park for kids, including a football pitch.

“Our community deserves better than an overgrown and neglected space. A new play park would provide children with a safe place to play and exercise, promoting physical health and social interaction. It would also enhance the aesthetic appeal of our neighbourhood.”

Petitioners are urging Glasgow City Council to "take action" and repurpose the rundown site into a "valuable community asset".

Speaking of plans if the site were to be remodelled, a spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: "The site/land would first have to be declared surplus by the council’s Property team, and then we would need to carry out surveys (funded through the Scottish Government’s Vacant & Derelict Land programme) to look at potential constraints on using the site such as contamination, protected species, and ground conditions. After this, we would then need to work with the local community to develop a regeneration plan and funding package."

If you wish to sign the petition visit here.

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