John Raises Dalmarnock Disruption In Parliament

26 Jun 2014

John Mason MSP recently asked Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison MSP, a question on the subject of Commonwealth Games related disruption in Dalmarnock. Here is an official transcript of both the question and answer:

  • John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the recent reports of significant levels of disruption to residents in Dalmarnock because of the Commonwealth games. (S4O-03392)
  • The Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners’ Rights (Shona Robison): I am grateful for the patience that has been shown by local residents and, in particular, by the Dalmarnock community. Preparation for the games has led to some unavoidable disruption. Planning has taken place among a wide range of bodies, including Glasgow City Council, the organising committee and the emergency services, to ensure that the effects on the community are minimised as we come ever closer to what will be a hugely successful games for Glasgow that will bring long-term benefits to the city, particularly the communities in the east end.
  • John Mason: When a resident in Springfield Road leaves their house, they pass through a small garden and on to the pavement, and there is then an 8-foot fence immediately in front of them, which is not particularly attractive and will sit there for three months. The residents accept that there will be long-term benefits, but will the minister encourage some recompense or at least an acknowledgement of the fact that the local residents have been put out somewhat?
  • Shona Robison: I am aware that the security fencing, in particular, has caused concern among local residents. That is inevitable, given the close proximity of the venues to the local community. Security is of paramount concern, and the security planning has ensured the best overlay of security to ensure that we deliver a secure games. However, that has meant placing security fencing in close proximity to some residents’ houses.I acknowledged the disruption that has been caused in my previous answer. John Mason will be aware that discussions are going on between Glasgow City Council, the organising committee and local residents about how recompense might be provided. He has been active on the issue and has made a number of suggestions, including the issuing of free tickets. Those discussions are on-going, and the Scottish Government would certainly support the organising committee recognising the disruption through, perhaps, the granting of free tickets and support for community events among other measures. Those discussions will continue, I hope, to a successful resolution