Royal rumble over plan to rename Lennoxtown park after Queen

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A ROW has broken out after an SNP councillor questioned a scheme to honour The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

East Dunbartonshire Council is planning to designate the High Park, in Lennoxtown, a Queen Elizabeth II Field - part of a UK-wide initiative to mark the 2012 celebrations.

Queen Elizabeth II Fields, which will be marked with plaques, will not need to officially change their commonly-held names, but will qualify for exclusive improvement funds and extra protection.

Bearsden South councillor Graeme Douglas last week called for a public consultation before a final decision is made.

He argues that, since there has only ever been one Queen Elizabeth of Scotland, parks north of the border should recognise this.

Councillor Douglas said: “If we are proposing names it should be Queen Elizabeth Fields instead of Queen Elizabeth II Fields, which is factually inaccurate.”

He added: “We should be putting up signs which are factually correct. I know for a fact that if we tried to get Queen Elizabeth I used down south there would be a furore.”

But Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy hit back saying: “I take the point that there has only been one Queen Elizabeth of Scotland, but let’s not go down this stupid road again.”

He added: “This is wonderful news so let’s go forward with it.”

Fellow councillor John Dempsey also welcomed the plans.

He said: “A lot of time and money has been spent on improving the High Park in recent years by East Dunbartonshire Council.

“This gives access to potential improvement funding and so I see it as protecting our investment as much as anything.”

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