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Village set to host Games campsite

Hundreds of campers will pitch up at Uddingston Cricket and Sports Clubs Castle Policies during the Commonwealth Games this summer if plans go ahead.

Hundreds of campers will pitch up at Uddingston Cricket and Sports Clubs Castle Policies during the Commonwealth Games this summer if plans go ahead.

Plans to turn sports fields into a campsite for hundreds of visitors to the Commonwealth Games are being inspected by council chiefs.

Fans and volunteer workers at Glasgow 2014 are already booking pitches for their tents at Uddingston Cricket and Sports Club’s Castle Policies ground.

However, councillors have expressed concern they weren’t told about the idea before organisers Campingninja started advertising the campsite.

They acknowledge an influx of hundreds of people for two weeks during the summer would bring economic benefits to Uddingston, but insist other issues such as traffic and noise need to be addressed.

Campingninja, which ran sites at the London Olympics, is advertising the Uddingston site and one at Pollok Park in Glasgow. The tents-only Uddingston site would be open from July 21 to August 4 with prices up to £24 per person per night.

The company offers toilets, showers, a laundry and a bar and says on its website: “We are all about creating a great atmosphere for everyone enjoying the Games and will have a great big mix of people from all over the world.”

Councillor Jim McGuigan said no planning permission is needed as the campsite would operate for fewer than 28 days, but meetings are necessary to iron out various issues, such as traffic in Castle Policies.

Fellow councillor Maureen Devlin admitted the campsite would boost business for shops and pubs, but acknowledged that nearby residents might have concerns.

 

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