Finnieston residents protest over threat to develop flats at Corunna Bowling Club

By Ian Marland at

‘Save our Greenspace’ was the chant as residents made their feelings known about moves to develop flats in a conservation area.

Around thirty concerned people and their council representatives staged a Saturday lunchtime protest in the heart of Finnieston.

The community is trying to save Corunna Bowling Club from being built upon.

Greens: The space sits within a conservation area in the heart of Finnieston.

Greens: The space sits within a conservation area in the heart of Finnieston.

The club is understood to want to sell up because it is no longer viable – after suffering falling membership like so many other clubs.

Residents say they sympathise with the club’s plight but believe a community use that retains the greenspace is needed.

They argue the club sits within a conservation area and cannot be developed.

They are exploring alternative sports clubs or mixed community use.

A-Listed St Vincent Crescent is one of the finest streets of its kind in the country, and sits just across the road from the earmarked land.

Residents are fearful the plans may get through and pose a precedent for other areas if they don’t put up a fight.

Cross-party support was on show as the protesters staged their demonstration at the top of Minerva Street – just 300 yards from the threatened land.

Watch: Councillors lend cross-party support at a protest over moves to develop local bowls club.

Bailie Nina Baker, Scottish Greens, said: “I think that if the Corunna Bowling Club can’t work as a bowling club it should be either another sports club or some other kind of greenspace for the community.”

Bailie Philp Braat, Labour, said: “I would say to any developer: you can see the strong feelings in the community today. Please leave the greenspace alone.”

Cllr Angus Millar, SNP, said: “Corunna Bowling Club is designated greenspace in a conservation area. The idea of building dozens of flats on it should be a complete non-starter.”