Rock solid support for Sighthill stones as campaign rolls on

Sighthill Stone Circle. MSP Bob Doris supporting keeping the stones'Elaine Ellis, cllr Phil Green,Duncan and Linda Lunan and MSP Bob Doris'Photo Emma Mitchell'11/1/13
Sighthill Stone Circle. MSP Bob Doris supporting keeping the stones'Elaine Ellis, cllr Phil Green,Duncan and Linda Lunan and MSP Bob Doris'Photo Emma Mitchell'11/1/13

PEOPLE power has been galvanised to help save a magical landmark from being bulldozed – with nearly 5,000 pledging their support.

Sighthill Stone Circle is due to be uprooted as part of massive £220m regeneration plans in the North Glasgow community.

The area was the preferred location for the athletes’ village if Glasgow had won its bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The bid was not successful, but it was decided the area would be transformed regardless.

The masterplan will see around 650 homes built by a private partner on the site of the Pinkston flats in Sighthill and a further 141 homes for social rent built by Glasgow Housing Association at the already-demolished Fountainwell multi-storeys.

The masterplan for the area also includes a school campus, which includes community and sports facilities, and a village square. There will also be a student residential area with around 500 beds, a new bridge over the M8 providing better pedestrian links and a network of green spaces.

In addition, there will be land remediation and upgrading of Sighthill Park as well as new roads, parking, infrastructure and public space.

It’s good news for the area, but bad news for the stone circle.

Astronomer and author Duncan Lunan is the mastermind behind the stones, which were built in 1979. He is pleased by the support for the landmark.

He said: “The Save Our Stones petition has nearly reached its 5,000 target. The time has come to move on to the next phase.”

Fellow campaigner Elaine Ellis said: “I think it’s fantastic that the public are responding the way they are. The stones should not be moved, thay are part of our landscape and (albeit modern) history.

“It’s wonderful that people are so concerned about greenspace as well, the park has so much wildlife in it it would be awful to destroy this natural habitat.”

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