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Garthamlock Community Project stage protest ahead of court …

The Garthamlock Community Project have staged a protest outside of Glasgow Sheriff Court.

The group were served with a court summons after refusing to vacate from their current base to make room for a housing development last month.

Founded almost a decade ago, the project acts as a youth group, food bank and drop-in centre for locals.

Landlords City Property, an arms-length firm of Glasgow City Council, told the group they had to vacate by April 27 to make way for Persimmon Homes.

The group wish to remain in their current premises until the houses a timeline of when the houses will be built is produced and were asking the court for an extension.

Persimmon Homes, who also operate in Perth and Bathgate, intend to transform the street into a housing development in hope that it would help to regenerate the area.

Speaking outside of the Sheriff Court, organiser Geraldine Marshall said: “They’re supposed to be about regeneration but they’ve not put anything back into the community. They’ve spent millions of pounds and Garthamlock has got nothing out of it.”

“Regeneration is putting back into the community, all they’ve done is taken things out. They’re taking all the green space, you can’t see anything now. There’s not a school or nursery – there’s nothing but houses.”

Geraldine was joined by fellow organiser Rhonda Bell, some of their 12 volunteers and two shop co-ordinators.

“The council promised there would be new shops opened on the April 27, when our lease ran out, but no new shops have appeared”, Geraldine added.

“If we moved out we would’ve missed out on 12 weeks of revenue along with the Post Office and butchers.”

Doug Law, managing director at Persimmon Homes West Scotland said: “Glasgow City Properties have been dealing with the remaining tenants of the Barholm Square Shops”.

Glasgow City Property believe that every available option has been exhausted and there is no alternative but to continue with legal action.

A spokesperson for company said: “The Sheriff has granted all three tenants the opportunity to put forward their defences. The hearing is on the 18th of August 2016”

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