A fan-led petition to persuade Glasgow City Council to drop plans to eliminate parking within a mile of Celtic Park on match days is open. Tenement housing in this area of Parkhead was cleared in recent times and the Council hope to sell vacant land for more expensive housing, without the match day parking that has been a feature of Parkhead for over 130 years.
This is a well-worn and shameful path. Cities move poor families out of their housing, destroy whatever could inhibit their ability to attract top price from property developers, then move more affluent residents in.
Match day parking will remain, but it will be moved to areas where the Council are not hoping to sell land. The problem will be compounded, as fans will have to arrive earlier and leave the area later, as the closest will have a 1-mile walk, while the farthest away could easily walk twice that distance to reach the stadium. Public transport options remain possible for only a few hundred people, nowhere near the 60,000 required.
In a crowded field of appalling political decisions, this stands out as it was home-grown in Glasgow. Please sign the petition here to demand the Council think again.