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Fight goes on to save Sighthill Stones

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CAMPAIGNERS have taken their fight to save a unique attraction to Holyrood.

The Sighthill Stone Circle – hailed as a mini-Stonehenge – is the first of its kind in the UK for 3,000 years.

But its future is under threat as part of Glasgow City Council’s plans to transform Sighthill into an athletes village if it wins its bid to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018.

The £250million regeneration will go ahead regardless of whether the city wins the games bid.

A petition to save the stones has so far attracted 1,121 signatures.

Now Glasgow MSP Bob Doris has lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament and written to Glasgow City Council.

Mr Doris said: “The council has said that it may have to be uprooted to facilitate tests for chemical contamination and have also proposed a walkway which would run through the circle’s current location.

“However, chemical testing was conducted when the circle’s construction began in 1979 and campaigners have questioned the necessity of further tests.

“They have also suggested that, with a minimal diversion, the walkway could wind round the circle rather than run directly through it.”

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “It is too early in the masterplanning process to make any comment on the location of the stone circle.”

See this week’s paper for more on this story.

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