Jackie Baillie MSP has today welcomed a U-turn by the Scottish Green Party on the closure of the Blairvadach Centre by Glasgow City Council.
Last week the SNP and Greens on Glasgow City Council voted through a budget, which includes plans to close the Blairvadach Outdoor Centre in Shandon, Helensburgh after 45 years of providing generations of children from Glasgow and the surrounding area with outdoor education opportunities.
The decision has sparked public outrage and an online petition against the closure that has attracted over 12,000 signatures since it was launched by concerned members of the public. Local MSP for the area, Jackie Baillie, branded the decision ‘short-sighted’ and had called on the city council to rethink the closure.
Jackie raised the subject with Patrick Harvie MSP, Co-Convener of the Green Party, during the budget debate in the Scottish Parliament, when he confirmed the U-turn.
Jackie Baillie MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh & Lomond said:
“I welcome the U-turn by the Scottish Green Party on Glasgow City Council and the news that they will back the Labour Group on the Council as they vote to save the centre. The Greens had the opportunity last week to back a Labour budget which would have saved the centre in the first place, but disappointingly chose to back the SNP budget instead which included the closure of Blairvadach.
“It’s clear a well-run campaign by the local community and the support of the Labour Group on the City Council has brought pressure to bear on the Green Party. The SNP proposal to close the Centre will now be overturned. Over 12,000 people have signed the petition to save the centre, it’s clear that the public do not support its closure.
“The Blairvadach Outdoor Centre has been part of the community for 45 years, providing generations of children from Glasgow with outdoor education opportunities. It’s closure would be a huge blow to the many children who would benefit from the centre, never mind the local jobs that would have been lost.
“I was pleased that Patrick Harvie signalled the Greens U-turn to me in the Parliament. It is now for Glasgow City Council to end the uncertainty and take the Blairvadach closure proposal off the table.”