Happy campers go to Giffnock for games

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COMMONWEALTH Games volunteers and workers could be resting their heads at Braidholm this summer.

GHA rugby club has submitted a proposal to East Renfrewshire council to erect a camp site on two of the club’s three pitches.

Users would camp in pre-erected tents set-up by Campingninja, an organisation which administered sites during the London Olympics.

GHA’s VP business Brian Williams told The Extra: “This camp site is not intended for holiday makers, it is for a fixed group of people.

“It is a unique one-off exercise, for the Games which Glasgow is proud to be hosting.

“People are there to work, not party. There will be 24 hour supervision and we are comfortable with Campingninja’s record.

“There will be a spin-off benefit for the local economy.”

Jim Martin, Giffnock community council secretary, said: “We believe both GHA and the wider community will benefit from hosting these visitors to Glasgow in Giffnock.

“In the interests of neighbouring residents, GCC requests the planning department ensures steps are taken to protect local residents, from noise, traffic, smells, and anti-social behaviour.”

If accepted, the camp site would be in operation between July 19 and August 9 this year.

Council leader Jim Fletcher added: “ I hope the club will engage with local residents to positively deal with any issues local people may have.

“Such camps were used in London for the Olympics and I hope that any problems encountered in London are eliminated before the exercise is repeated in Glasgow.”