POLITICIANS have denounced after it was revealed that tourist attractions in Glasgow would be closed to the public during COP26.
We previously reported that six venues in the city, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, will be temporarily closed while the climate conference takes place.
Paul Sweeney, MSP, said: ‘Once again Glasgowians will be excluded from public places at the request of the government’.
He added: âCOP26 increasingly looks like a poorly planned vanity project, with key workers announcing strike action as the Scottish government pontificates over the great work they are doing.
âThey requisition these places suddenly, but categorically refuse to finance or maintain them. This means that Edinburgh’s National Museums receive funds from the central government, while places of workers’ heritage like the People’s Palace are systematically dilapidated.
If the government wants COP26 to leave a positive legacy, the minimum it should agree to now is to give the Winter Gardens of the People’s Palace – abandoned since 2018 – funding estimated at Â£ 7million necessary to restore it. ”
Glasgow Life announced the closures were “to support the delivery of COP26”.
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The charity, which offers cultural, sports and learning activities on behalf of Glasgow City Council, said the People’s Palace will remain closed before and during COP26 for essential maintenance.
During this time, the Riverside Museum will be closed between October 23 and November 15, Kelvin Hall will be closed between October 28 and November 1, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will be closed between October 28 and November 14.
Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls and Tennis Center will be closed between October 31 and November 2, and the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) will keep its doors closed between October 31 and November 14.
Councilor Eva Murray said: âI think it’s important that we seek a balance that ensures the least amount of disruption, but also allows for more equal access.
In a statement on its website, Glasgow Life says all closing dates are inclusive and subject to change, as requirements around COP26 and security operations for the event continue to evolve.
He went on to say: âWhile COP26 will inevitably have an impact on city operations and business continuity during the event, we intend, in the larger venues they have reopened, to minimize disruptions and operate as usual. ”
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The operation of these sites is the business of Glasgow Life.”