Glasgow

Campaigners stage a protest at the grand reopening of the Burrell Collection

Protestors staged a demonstration at the Burrell Collection in Pollock Park as it opened its doors for the first time in five years.

The collection underwent a £69m revamp and welcomed back customers after almost six years.

However, Glasgow Against Closures protested outside to highlight that other essential services and community venues that have yet to be given funding are instead being left to rot.

The group were holding banners with statements like “Save our community centres” and  ‘£68m bung for the Burrell, pennies for the People’s Palace”.

Although happy to see the Burrell collection open again the members of the group hope to see other community assets open too.


Colin McGeoch from the Community Council said: “We’re delighted that the Burrell Collection has been able to open however what is the use for it? Before lockdown communities relied on places like the people’s palace. Lockdown is over and the people in these areas are in desperate need of community centres to open up again. We’re asking Glasgow City Council to stop ignoring the rest.”

Colin went on to explain the benefits that these community clubs have on different areas in Glasgow.

“You need to give kids a club to go to, like in a community centre where they hang out with their friends and be positive. Otherwise, what happens is, they create their own gangs and take part in anti-social behaviour and that will only increase in the community.”

Glasgow Against Closures states that around 26 other communities in Glasgow have lost their local community hall.  

“You need to give kids a club to go to, like in a community centre where they hang out with their friends and be positive. Otherwise, what happens is, they create their own gangs and take part in anti-social behaviour and that will only increase in the community.”

Glasgow Against Closures states that around 26 other communities in Glasgow have lost their local community hall.  

Glasgow Against Closures

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