DRINKING in public parks is permitted in virtually every major city.

In Glasgow our masters appear to consider adults insufficiently responsible to behave properly in their home city. They are happy to allow bars to sell “takeaway” drinks, often beyond the 10pm limit for off-sales, with the police usually turning a blind eye to both street drinking and the constant pavement fouling that follows.

Suggestions such as that by Paul Sweeney to open family-orientated beer gardens in our main parks would provide an opportunity to monitor how the present generation of Glaswegians behave when provided with an opportunity to consume alcohol and other beverages in a regulated setting.

As well as possibly contributing to the upkeep of buildings such as the various winter gardens mentioned in Catriona Stewart’s article on Monday, this would provide much needed employment for a few of the thousands of hospitality workers currently laid off during the coronavirus epidemic.

In addition, why not allow a trial this summer that permits alcohol consumption in our parks when many are unavoidably at home?

There could be a ban on glass and metal containers requiring some liquids to be transferred to plastic, pubs selling “takeaway” could be allowed to deliver to parks, providing further employment opportunities, and additional toilet facilities, of the type used at music festivals etc, could reduce the temptation to answer the call of nature behind the nearest foliage.

John Connelly

Via email

THE police were quite correct to kettle the protesters.

Law-abiding citizens are afraid to venture into Glasgow with all these so-called protesters – the majority of who are neds.



I NOTE Kelvingrove Park’s bins is a topic of contention.

Larger bins were installed to make the council save money, cut journey times and make work easier for operatives.

I was scratching my head on Friday morning, when I saw a cleansing department bin lorry first to empty the temporary bins, a parks’ department lorry to take away the temporary skip and the new bins still to be emptied.

It would seem to me it’s actually costing the council more, both in terms of resources and in labour.

Maybe the council should rethink its strategy on the new


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