End of an era for popular stone circle by Caren McPate Kirkintilloch Herald

by Duncan Lunan - 12:30 on 03 October 2013



End of an era for popular stone circle    by Caren McPate

Kirkintilloch Herald


Published on the 03 October 2013

A unique stone circle in North Glasgow could be removed by the end of the year to make way for a major new development.

Sighthill Stone Circle is the first astronomically-aligned circle to be created in the UK for over 3,000 years.

However, more than 30 years after it was built, it could soon disappear as the area undergoes massive regeneration.

Although there is some positive news as the stones are expected to be taken to a new site.

A campaign was launched to save the unique feature and almost 5000 people have signed a petition.

An autumnal equinox was recently held at the circle, which was provisionally to say goodbye to it, as organisers fear it may not be there in December.

Duncan Lunan, project manager of the Friends of Sighthill Stone Circle, said: “I remain gutted at losing the circle so soon after building it.

“On the basis of the plans we were shown on July 4 there is no chance of the circle remaining, but there were firm promises – only verbal, but since confirmed verbally by Gordon Matheson – that the necessary effort would be made to remove the stones intact and that there would be funding to reuse them elsewhere. We’re looking at possible forms that might take.”

The regeneration of Sighthill was fast-tracked as part of the bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and Sighthill was the preferred site for the Athletes’ Village.

The Games bid was unsuccessful, but the transformation of the area will still go ahead 20 years earlier than planned.

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said he could not say when the stones would be moved, but that a public consultation will be held to look at their future use and location.


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