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Jaconellis fight on after eviction

The Jaconellis, the last people living on the site of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, were finally evicted on 24th March. Mrs Jaconelli insisted 'I will wait in the house till they come and put me out because I think Glasgow City Council should be shamed.'

Her case has highlighted the double standards applied by Glasgow City Council in dealing with those in the way of the Commonwealth Games. Whereas a homeowner like herself or small businesses have been the subject of bullying and compulsory purchase the council chose to negotiate with rich property developers like Charles Price and ended up paying £20million to buy up a piece of land originally purchased for £8million. A further conflict of interest arose in the fact that Charles Price was a bidder for the construction of the Games facilities.

The eviction of the Jaconellis has helped focus attention on the lack of legacy from the Games. Once again a mega event fails to live up to its billing. The Accord Centre, a special needs day care centre in Dalmarnock, run by the City Council, for adults with disabilities is threatened with closure to make way for a bus park for the Commonwealth Games. A new centre, which was to have been provided as a part of the legacy from the Games, will not now be provided. Some local councillors refused to meet protesters, who included parents and carers, Glasgow Games Monitor and students from the Free Hetherington occupation, while other councillors claimed they were unaware of the threat to the centre. The EAST Carers Group pointed out that they had raised the future of the centre back at the time when Glasgow won the bid for the Games and when it was known the Centre would be affected.

Just before her eviction Mrs Jaconelli announced she would be standing to become a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP). When making this declaration she said: "Before now, I had never dreamed of entering the world of politics. But then I realised I had been locked in a political battle with this council for the past eight years," she said.

"They want to steal my home from me and my family but I have had neither the power nor the political platform to take them on.

"That changes now. Hopefully, with the support of the Glasgow people, I can highlight the disgraceful way our community has been treated in the name of these Games."

Mrs Jaconelli's lawyer says he is looking to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.


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