Future of Springburn Winter Gardens take a step forward

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Hopes are high that the dilapidated winter gardens in Springburn Park can be saved and brought back to life for community use.

Residents launched a campaign to restore the building and Glasgow City Council recently agreed to carry out a structural survey.

The Winter Gardens was much loved by generations of Springburn residents for its displays of exotic plants and for the concerts and exhibitions held there.

Despite being classed as an A-listed building in 1985, the winter gardens structure has been vandalised and has lain derelict since the 1980s.

A Twitter campaign has attracted more than 800 followers and a Facebook page has 584 ‘likes’.

Residents decided to act to try and save the building following the shock demolition of the B-listed Springburn Halls at the end of last year.

Many with fond memories of the winter gardens are supporting the campaign as well as a host of celebrities, including Robert Florence, star of the BBC comedy sketch show ‘Burnistoun’, ‘Taggart’ actor Colin McCredie, and Lorraine Kelly.

Local resident Brian Davey started the Facebook page. He said: “We’re delighted so many people are supporting the campaign. We can’t do anything until we know how to move forward. Hopefully we will get good news and look at doing something with the winter gardens.

“We have talked about doing different things like having a cafe and events space.”

Springburn councillor Gilbert Davidson is also supporting the campaign. Earlier this year the Herald reported that he had put together plans for the winter gardens which would see part of it restored into a performance space, cafe and possible depot for a cycling route around the park.

Councillor Davidson said: “I will be meeting with the council leader to discuss the winter gardens and how we keep getting things removed from the area with no replacements.”