CLOUSTON STREET TIME LINE
by Erik Geddes
Pre-1939 - Records show there were never any buildings on this land. Clouston Street was then called Montgomerie Street.
1939 (1st March) – Glasgow City Council buys both pieces of land using the powers of the Education Act for £4,800.
For decades the football pitches and a tennis court are used and enjoyed by schools, boys clubs, local students and Scouts.
1990s - Changing rooms vandalised and pitches fall into state of decay.
1996 - Clouston Street pitches offered for sale for housing development.
1997 – Miller Homes proposal is refused planning permission.
1998 - North Kelvin Community Council (NKCC) holds a workshop sponsored by 1999 Year of Architecture. Attended by Maria Fyffe MP, councillors, planners and architects. Decided that 20% set aside for housing 80% for community use.
1999 - Decision is taken by NKCC to pursue sports and housing development for Clouston Street site.
2000/1 – NKCC produces 12,000 copies of 3 issues of INK newspaper. Leases shop in Queen Margaret Drive. Published local survey.
2002 - Compendium Trust is formed as a registered charity to facilitate sports development.
2003 - Partnership agreed between The Compendium Trust, Glasgow City Council and Queens Cross Housing. SportsScotland decides any loss of the site to sport would require a compensation payment of, allegedly, £650,000.
2005 - Agreement reached with SportsScotland which grants the Trust £195,000 towards sports development on site.
2006 - Public meeting in Scout Hall. Planning Application for 81 flats and the mixed sports field proposals. Trust is promised £1.2 million towards the development.
2007 - Development proposals fail planning criteria and the application is withdrawn.
2008 - Compendium Trust is abandoned.
2008 (March) Glasgow City Council organised a competition to appoint a developer to design and build housing on the site at Clouston Street. Winning designs come from New City Vision (NCV).
2008 (October) North Kelvin Meadow Campaign was formed to lobby for the land to become a community green space. Local residents started by clearing the land of litter, installing a litter bin, planting flowers, bulbs and installing raised beds.
2009 – Local resident Luca Lazzaroni is inspired by Clouston Street and writes song which becomes YouTube sensation . Love it or loath it http://tinyurl.com/n3e7mp you can’t ignore it.
2009 (July) Two residents taken to court by the Council in order to prevent them putting up communal raised beds and bat boxes.
2009 (Dec) New City Vision Ltd signs the missives with the Council for the sale of land. Sale will be completed if planning permission is granted.