PLANS to shift hundreds of car parking spaces at Ibrox stadium have provoked fury amongst local residents.
Rangers were given the green-light last year to build a fan zone and museum on the Edmiston House site.
Glasgow City Council approved the application for a two-storey multi-use venue and a development which will include shops, a café and an events space.
Rangers hope to have work finished for next year as part of the club’s 150th anniversary.
As part of the planning permission, the club had to provide 900 spaces at the Albion car park but they have applied to slash the allocation to 450 spaces.
The club said they would provide alternative parking on various locations elsewhere on the site but the move has prompted fury from locals who insist their lives are made a misery on matchdays.
Stewart Roxburgh wrote: “I wish to object to this application being approved as the reduction of car parking spaces in the Albion car park will have an adverse effect on the number of cars parked and traffic in the area where I live during football matches and other events held at Ibrox stadium.
“If approved when football crowds return following COVID, the streets in my area will be jam packed again with cars for every home game, with even less legal places to park resulting in more parking on pavements, double parking and blocking of driveways than occurred before crowds at football matches were suspended in March.”
Kirsty McDowall wrote: “The documents associated with this request are to change the condition of 900 cars required in the main car park, and to reduce this to only 450 spaces.
“I understand that they do wish to provide over 300 additional new spaces in the surrounding area under their control however this leaves a large shortfall of 236 spaces.
“This is unacceptable as the area is extremely stretched for capacity currently on non-match days, let alone match days.
“Having lived in this area for the last 12 years as well as having family connections to the area for over 40, the traffic jams and parking conditions on match days are ridiculous currently and have gradually got worse over this time.
“I strongly object to this request and urge that the planning department does not grant its approval.
“Additionally I believe that if anything Rangers should be doing more to help the local community to deal with the major traffic issues that affect the area caused by match days.”
John Foster added: “This total disregard for the considerable impact such a proposal, if passed, would have on the local residents is unacceptable.
“The result would be that up to 450 vehicles would be accessing and parking in narrow neighbouring residential streets which are already overcrowded on match days.
“The current parking provision is accessed directly from dual carriageways and roundabout and is self-contained on one site.
“With the new development on the Edmiston House site and the proposed housing in the repurposed half of the Albion car park, parking can only get worse for residents.”
On their application to amend the car parking provision, Rangers said: “The obligation was to use the Albion car park for parking 900 vehicles as a condition of the planning permission for works at Ibrox stadium.
“The applicant now wants to modify the planning obligation to release a part of the Albion car park from its scope and provide alternative vehicle parking in different locations.”
Council planners are expected to make a decision in due course.
A separate application to build 160 flats on the other part of the car park remains outstanding with city planners.
Welcoming the project, Rangers’ managing director Stewart Robertson said earlier: “New Edmiston House will be a fabulous facility with a fanzone on match-days, a state of the art Rangers museum, a café, a multi-purpose conference and concert venue, and two new retail facilities over two floors.
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“The opening of the new multi-functional facility will be one of the major milestones of our 150th year.
“We are in the process of appointing a main contractor, and it is planned to have the building fully fitted-out, and operational in the first half of 2022.
“This substantial investment will provide fans with a vibrant pre and post-match experience.”
Rangers have been approached for comment.
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