Help needed to breathe new life into historic park and gardens

TS  11.05.09  TS- New Stobhill Hospital.The first of two new Scottish hospials opened it's door to patients today as the �100m New Stobhill Hospital stands to transform the balance of acute hospital care away from inpatient overnight procedures to same day treatment.Pic Neil Hanna
TS 11.05.09 TS- New Stobhill Hospital.The first of two new Scottish hospials opened it's door to patients today as the �100m New Stobhill Hospital stands to transform the balance of acute hospital care away from inpatient overnight procedures to same day treatment.Pic Neil Hanna

A PARK near Stobhill Hospital should be returned to its former glory, claim enthusiasts.

A focus group is being set up to prioritise projects for Springburn Park, which is home to historic buildings including Springburn Winter Gardens and Mosesfield House.

Residents, community groups and school pupils were asked their views on the park during a consultation exercise which involved a questionnaire, focus group, workshop and interviews.

An updated report on the plans recently went before Springburn Area Committee.

Short-term improvements they have identified include making the park safer by addressing anti-social behaviour and vandalism. Some locals said they don’t use the park because they just don’t feel safe.

Creating facilities for children, public toilets and a café were also very high on the priority list.

Residents would also like to see improved seating and access to and from Stobhill Hospital.

Medium to long-term priorities includes the restoration of the Winter Gardens.

The report says this is: “An aspiration in the community, but this is, at best, a long-term project.

“There is enthusiasm both for long-term involvement in developing the vision and fundraising, and for more discussion on what could realistically be achieved in the short to medium term”.

Meanwhile, Mosesfield House was identified as a potential base for developing toilets, a café, community space and improved disabled access.

Glasgow City Council’s land and environmental services will now set up a focus group with support from North Glasgow Housing Association, the Friends of Springburn Park, the Community Planning Partnership and community representatives to prioritise projects, identify potential funding partners and continue to consult with visitors to the park.