Tennis academy plan emerges as possible saviour in fight over Corunna green space

By Ian Marland at

Campaigners fighting to save green space in Finnieston have been given new hope.

Residents of St Vincent Crescent and nearby streets are opposing plans to build flats on Corunna bowling green.

Now a rival plan has emerged for a tennis academy to move onto the site.

Corunna Green Space

Under threat: campaigners say the area has enough flats

The proposals have been put forward by a local resident, who has approached the club.

Friends of Corunna Green Space say the resident – who has not been named – is well connected to the tennis and trainer community.

A spokeswoman for the Friends said: “The resident has proposed a club which is intended to be a tennis academy.

“He is well connected to the tennis and trainer community in Scotland and has a manager-head trainer in mind.

“He wants to enhance the club house to allow events in support of tennis activities.”

Corunna Green Space

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

It is thought the mystery benefactor plans to fund the purchase from private funds.

According to the Friends, he has been in informal discussions with the club treasurer since March but was discouraged from making an offer.

He formalised his offer in writing to the bowling club secretary in recent days and awaits a reply.

The city council is not aware of the formal offer, however councillors who attended a ‘Save Corunna’ public meeting in January have been aware of informal discussions.

Corunna Bowling Club is wanting to sell up because of falling membership.

But residents say the club sits within a conservation area and should not be developed.

A-Listed St Vincent Crescent is one of the finest streets of its kind in the country.

DEVELOPED

The Friends say the area is already over developed with little space for recreation.

They fear new flats would block views and damage stonework along the crescent.

Campaigners say recreational options for the space need to be exhausted before proposals for flats are considered.

Residents have received cross-party support for their campaign.

The developer behind the flats has arranged an information event next week to explain their plans ahead of a formal application.

Architects Jewitt & Wilkie will be at the event taking place at the bowling club on Tuesday August 29.

Glasgow West End Today has messaged the bowling club for comment on the tennis academy plans.

We will add their comment as soon as we receive it.