Jan 29 2009 By Gordon May
A CONSULTATION is underway to find out what Glaswegians think about the future development of a mountain bike facility to be used for the Commonwealth Games at Cathkin Braes.
In preparation for this, and to provide a permanent new facility as a legacy of the games, Glasgow City Council proposes to build a series of new trails within the park and carry out additional environmental works.
The country park is an ideal location for a mountain biking facility with its stunning views over the city and excellent mix of terrain, challenging climbs and descents.
Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for Commonwealth Games Delivery, says the responses to the consultation will form part of the final design process.
He said: "As the venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games mountain biking competitions, one of the main aims of the public consultation is to secure the views of the public.
"Cathkin Braes is a great local resource and has the potential to become an even bigger asset to the community by providing something everyone can enjoy."
"The provision of a facility within Cathkin Braes Country Park would enable all Glaswegians and residents of neighbouring areas, to have access to the sport and will benefit local communities, as well as elite sportspeople.
"We have a unique opportunity to look at how Cathkin Braes can be developed and enjoyed long after the Games."
Details of the consultation can be found at: www.glasgow.gov.uk/consultation or by calling: 287 9038.
As part of the consultation exercise, a public exhibition will be held on Thursday February 19 from 12pm to 8pm in Castlemilk Community Centre.
Officers from the council and other relevant agencies will be there to answer any questions.
The closing date for receiving comments is March 6.