West Belfast residents group, Friends of Glassmullin Open Green (FOGOG) are holding a protest today at 6pm at the gates of De La Salle College at Edenmore Drive.
The residents are opposed to the college’s plan to build a fenced off, floodlight 3g pitch, pavilion and car park on the site of the community’s only greenspace – Glassmullin Green.
Residents have been campaigning for more than five years and believe the college’s plan represents a “landgrab” against the wishes of the local community.
A FOGOG spokeperson said: “De La Salle’s invitation to the community to view their pitch plans is yet another farcical attempt to force their flawed plans on our community. This pitch isn’t needed and it isn’t wanted. For five years the College, Belfast City Council and the Department of Education have ignored the genuine concerns of our community who face losing our only greenspace. The authorities have repeatedly failed in their statutory duty to consult with the community. It is a disgrace and residents will not accept this selfish landgrab.”
FOGOG campaigners and supporters are calling for support to ‘Save Our Green’.
Friends of Glassmullin Open Green is calling on De La Salle College and the Department of Education to halt plans to build on Glassmullin Green.