Fight for our Palace

It was good to read in the Evening Times that the People’s Palace (museum and winter gardens) have been made a priority by Glasgow City Council who will ‘launch a process of engagement with Glaswegians so that they can have their say over the future of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens’.

The future of the People’s Palace, an award-winning organisation with an international reputation only has a question mark over it because of the wilful neglect of GCC.

The futures of the Burrell Collection, the Kibble Palace and Kelvingrove Art Gallery were never questioned in this way prior to necessary refurbishment.

The reason that a hundred concerned citizens demonstrated their love for the People’s Palace on the doorsteps of the City Chambers was that the City Council over the past nine months has steadfastly refused to release any information on the People’s Palace, unless through the Freedom of Information process. We know that to “engage” we will have to formally file a Participation Request under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, 2015.

Please sign up to help with this process on the Facebook page of the Friends of the People’s Palace, Winter Gardens and Glasgow Green.

Over the past 200 years, Glaswegians have had to fight to preserve the amenities of Glasgow Green every 10 years or so.

This is another such struggle, and we would welcome help from concerned readers of the Evening Times.

Elspeth King, Chair of the Friends of the People’s Palace, Winter Gardens and Glasgow Green

Blame for tragedy

Donald Trump is not to blame for the Rio Grande tragedy (Catriona Stewart, June 28). The father made a stupid choice to cross there. The UK and USA does not owe the world sanctuary, it is up to to the citizens of these nations to change by staying and trying to make a difference. Nobody said it was easy to change and rebuild a country, but if all leave, what’s left?

Stewart Kerr, posted online

Fly high, Keith

Glasgow Airport chaplain Keith Banks sounds like a great guy, what an inspiration (Evening Times, June 28). I hope he enjoys his well-earned retirement.

D H, Glasgow