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Charged For Using Public Park 2007-03-23

Posted by clype in Glasgow, Intolerance, Money, Scotland.

A bride-to-be has hit out at Glasgow City Council for trying to charge her to use a public park for taking a few photographs on her big day.

Ms.Isla Campbell is due to be married next month at ‘Oran Mor’ on Byres Rd in the city’s West End and she planned on walking over the road with close family members into ‘The Botanic Gardens‘ to have some pictures done.

But she was shocked to learn she would be charged 52 GBP — even for just a handful of guests and photographs — even though she already pays ‘council tax’ in Glasgow which goes towards the upkeep of the parks.

She wants to know why she is being charged the same flat rate as people who don’t pay a penny ‘council tax’ to Glasgow — as well as those who have huge wedding parties.

The bride-to-be, whose big day is on Saturday, 7th April, said:

‘I just wanted a few photos taken there, that’s all.

‘If you’re having photos of hundreds of people and bringing four cars into the park, that’s a hassle for them but not if you are just having a few pictures taken.’

Some other councils like Edinburgh charge on a sliding scale with 25 GBP for small parties, while and South LanarkshireEast Renfrewshire don’t charge at all.

North Lanarkshire Council charges 36.54 GBP for the use of Colzium Estate in Kilsyth; Viewpark Gardens in Bellshill and Drumpellier Park in Coatbridge.

Ms.Campbell, 32, is so angry about the price she has decided to forego her dream pictures and take a moral stance. She added:

‘It’s very odd that you pay council tax for a public park and then they ask you for a payment to use it.

‘Morally I really object to paying 50 pounds to have photos taken in a public park.’

But Glasgow City Council insisted the charge was value for money. A spokesman said:

‘The city council has a policy on prices. The service includes park rangers ensuring your chosen spot for photographs is presented at its best and that other park users do not infringe on the area.

‘The 52 pound cost includes use of a beautiful backdrop, with the alternative of an indoor facility.’

Contact Details:

Botanic Gardens
Phone: 0141 334 2422/3354
Fax: 0141 339 6964
E-mail: gbg@land.glasgow.gov.uk

Land Services General Enquiries
Phone: 0141 287 5108
E-mail: land@glasgow.gov.uk



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