Christmas comes early for hospice

GLASGOW city council gave an early Christmas present to a southside charity by leasing land for a new building.

The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice are currently involved in raising money to build a new, purpose-built hospice on land around Bellahouston park.

The council have decided to lease them the land in return for a peppercorn rent of £1 for 60 years.

The 7.46 acres the council is leasing lies within the boundaries of the current Bellahouston nursery.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow city council, said: “The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice provides an invaluable service to the people of Glasgow.

“The council has been a supporter of the PPWH since its inception and gifted the current premises in Carlton Place in the 1980s.

“We are fully behind its current drive to expand its services.

“Our contribution to the fundraising campaign is to gift the land to PPW|H with a rent of only £1 a year.

“The council will also meet the costs of relocating the existing nursery materials.”

The site is fully enclosed by a brick wall, palisade fencing and mature landscaping.

A number of polytunnels and brick buildings located at the lower levels of the site will be removed at the council’s expense.

Rhona Bailie, chief executive of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, said: “The Hospice board of trustees and the larger team have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the decision made by Glasgow city council today.

“We would personally like to thank Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow city council, development and regeneration services, City Property and land and environment services for their outstanding support and loyalty to the Hospice.

“The decision will make a significant difference to the level of palliative care delivered to the people of Glasgow in the future and for many years to come.”