A BID by a football academy named after Celtic legend Jimmy Johnstone to provide new changing rooms in Cathkin Park has been given the green light by the council.

Councillors on the city's planning committee approved the proposal despite the concerns of nearby residents in Mount Florida.

Two shipping containers can now be used as changing facilities in the park, which was formerly the New Cathkin Park football stadium.

Planning officers had recommended the plans were approved by councillors, stating they are for a "minor" and "temporary"extension to existing facilities.

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However, conditions will be imposed on the planning permission.

These include limiting opening hours to 8am to 8pm from Monday to Sunday to avoid use at "anti-social times" and restricting permission to June 30, 2023.

A report to the committee stated: “While the applicant requested temporary consent for a period of five years, this is not considered suitably temporary.

"Previous consents have sought to limit the temporary use to three years, which in this instance is deemed an appropriately temporary period that would allow for a more suitable permanent provision of changing facilities."

The Jimmy Johnstone Charitable Trust submitted the application and the changing rooms will be used by the Jimmy Johnstone Academy of Football.

The Celtic legend, known as 'Jinky', was a member of the famous ‘Lisbon Lions’ European Cup-winning side, which became the first British team to win the competition in 1967.

There were 35 objections to the plans, with residents concerned about the impact on public access to the park.

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A Mount Florida Community Council representative had said: “Doesn't the existing community hall/pavilion provide sufficient changing facilities?"

He added: "There is considerable concern in the community that the planning application represents a gradual takeover of the park by a private interest."

But council officers said planning consent would relate to the land and not the applicant.

The “proposal is for additional facilities within the park and not for the applicant’s use”, they said. “As owner, the council would retain control over who would be able to use the facilities."