Battlefield lane celebrations

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BATTLEFIELD residents celebrated in the street last weekend following funding from Glasgow city council to transform a problem area.

The Gateway Residents Assocation secured a £4,000 grant from GCC to gate and resurface the lane between Valeview Terrace and Prospecthill Road, which has long been blighted by anti-social behaviour.

Resurfacing work is now complete, with a little help from neighbours in the 34 bordering properties, who contributed £30 each to the cost — and celebrations were in full swing on Saturday, despite less than promising weather.

Gerry Mullen, chair of the residents association, told The Extra: “It was a joint party for the refurbishment funding from GCC, and for the anniversary of the Battle of Langside.

“It was a wet day, but we had such a great turnout, and would like to thank the council for working with the community on this over the years.

“I’d also like to thank the local businesses who donated food for the party — the Co Operative branch, Danny’s and Splash newsagents, Baguette Express, Tinto tapas bar, Aulds bakery and Dominos.”

The lane had previously been plagued by graffiti and drug use, and despite initial funding of £1,800, to erect gates at both ends, access problems remained because of the state of the road surface.

Gerry added: “The grant to resurface the lane was the icing on the cake. We’re delighted with the results.”

As a nod to the historical area, the new and improved lane also features a garden to commemorate the Battle of Langside, including two flower planters created through Glasgow Community and Safety Services’ community payback offenders scheme.

Langside councillor Archie Graham commented that the efforts of the neighbourhood were the “driving force” behind the project.

He added: “It’s great to see residents taking pride in their environment and working to enhance it for the good of everyone concerned.”

The Gateway Residents Association will continue to maintain the lane, as well as offer advice to other groups interested in creating similar projects.