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“So often, community councils struggle hard to be listened to so we are pleased that combined community pressure has quashed this extremely insensitive and silly idea.”

Residents win battle to block monument ads
 

by Vivienne Nicoll

ET: http://eveningtimes.co.uk/news/display.var.1759271.0.0.php

RESIDENTS have won their battle to stop a historic city monument being marred by advertising hoardings.

As revealed in the Evening Times last month, English-based company Clear Channel applied to the city council for permission to put up advertising at 18 roundabouts across Glasgow.

One of the sites was at the imposing Battlefield Memorial at Battle Place in Langside.

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But the move infuriated locals who claimed the adverts would tarnish the 120-year-old structure.

As a result, the firm has now withdrawn the application – to the delight of the community.

The monument, which was designed by Glasgow architect Greek Thomson’s principal assistant Dr Alexander Skirving, was erected in 1887.

It marks the most significant battle within city boundaries when on May 13, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots’ troops faced an army commanded by the Regent Moray.

The Queen’s soldiers were defeated and she was forced to flee south where she was captured and eventually executed.

Dr Evelyn Silber of Langside, Battlefield and Camphill community council was one of those who protested against the advertising plan.

She said: “We are delighted the company has withdrawn its plan to advertise at the memorial.

“We were surprised the application was submitted in the first place given that it is such a sensitive, historic site.

“It is one thing to generate income for the city but to do it without giving regard to the environment in which it is going to be placed seems rash.

“So often, community councils struggle hard to be listened to so we are pleased that combined community pressure has quashed this extremely insensitive and silly idea.”

The city council plans to invest the cash it will receive through leasing land at its roundabouts in frontline council services.

Publication date 15/10/07

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One thought on “Another Community Victory!

  1. What the Times don’t make clear is that Glasgow City Council – which owns the monument – gave Clear Channel the go-ahead to submit the application.

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