Community councils ask for a say on Victoria Infirmary site

Victoria Infirmary site, Glasgow
Victoria Infirmary site, Glasgow

Southsiders are invited to have a say on the future of the old Victoria Infirmary site as community councils band together to give neighbours a voice.

The Victoria Forum — made up of community councils for Langside, Battlefield and Camphill, Cathcart and District, Crosshill and Govanhill and Shawlands and Strathbungo — are calling on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to ensure that the new use is of best benefit to the area.

The website www.newoldvicky.org has more details on the land and a survey, also available at Langside Library.

Discussing the importance of the site — as the largest available for development and in terms of historical and commercial significance — the Victoria Forum explained: “A number of local people have grouped together to ensure that the community is consulted on the issues and opportunities arising from the re-development of this large, historic site and can work with planners and developers on a landmark, widely supported solution.

“Consultation needs to include all stakeholders — local people, the NHS, the local authority and prospective developers.”

Only one building on the old hospital site is currently marketed by estate agent Savills, earmarked for up to 500 residential properties.

The Victoria Forum survey is open until February 8, with a decision on the future of the site expected in the first half of 2016.