Calton’s Conservative Councillor Robert Connelly, whose ward covers Glasgow Green, has called for a rethink after news that the park’s annual bonfire night has been cancelled for a second consecutive year.
Glasgow Life, which organises the event, claims that the fireworks celebration has been scrapped so that the park remains available to people in early November while COP26 is on. However Councillor Connelly has spoken out against this decision, citing the disappointment many families will feel at missing out on the celebrations.
Calton councillor, Robert Connelly, commented: “The reasoning given by Glasgow Life to cancel bonfire night this year makes absolutely no sense to me. I don’t know what a conference being held at the other end of the city has to do with access to Glasgow Green for local residents who cherish this annual celebration.
"Last year the event was cancelled for understandable reasons because of Covid restrictions. This year, many in the local community will find it hard to swallow that a large disruptive music festival can be held in Glasgow Green only days ago but a family night out that kids across the East End have missed for almost 2 years has to be cancelled. It’s just not right.
That’s why I’m calling on Glasgow Life to rethink their decision and explore the option of going ahead with at least a scaled down Bonfire Night. We’ve all had a tough eighteen months and it would mean a lot to parents and children in Glasgow to be able to safely enjoy this event."