THE Jimmy Johnstone Charitable Trust has been refused use of Cathkin Park Pavilion and multi use games area by Glasgow City Council.

The trust, named in honour of the iconic Celtic player Jimmy 'Jinky' Johnstone, applied an asset transfer request to Glasgow City Council in September 2019 to use the park facilities.

However, their request has be refused ,with the council stating that the trust does not fit the criteria of a 'Community Transfer Body'.

In the document, the council detailed the reasons for the classification, saying: "It is acknowledged that the Community Transfer Body has invested modest resources in enabling the the site to be used by the wider community.

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"It is unclear from the Request or Business Plan what the plans are for the asset during the lease period and, in turn, the feasibility of any such plans. It has also not identified adequate resources or their sources to deliver the project."

The decision also states that the application said that the pavilion and multi use games area would be used by local organisations, but was refused because of a lack of information including what specific groups would be using the space and when.

The application had multiple objections from local residents, one of which claimed: "The PE teachers from the local school Holyrood Academy, who use the park with their pupils on a regular basis have not been informed of this proposal and have recently invested in an artificial football pitch for use by the school and public."

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Another objection said: "Currently, the many users of this treasured resource co-exist within the total boundaries of the park.

"Indeed, the Jimmy Johnstone Charitable Trust use the resource for their football matches, which I commend. However, the status quo is about a shared resource and not an exclusive use to any one group in disregard to the others."

The trust last month had an application for changing facilities approved by Glasgow City Council, despite objections from local Mount Florida residents.

The facilities, which will be a "temporary" and "minor" extension to the existing ground, were given the greenlight, with conditions imposed including restricted opening times.