The COP26 meeting in Kelvingrove sees residents of Glasgow denied access to their own homes

Dozens of Glasgow residents have tonight reported that they have not been able to access their own homes due to a COP26 meeting in the city.

World leaders have eaten together this evening at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which has resulted in the closure of a number of key roads at the western end, with a temporary ‘ring of steel’ erected around the historic landmark.

They were to be met by protesters from e.g. Extinction Rebellion, Glasgow Calls Out Polluters and Stop Cambo around 5:30 p.m. However, the rally had to be moved at the last minute due to ‘an extremely high police presence’, where protesters instead chose to meet at the fountain in Kelvingrove Park.

Several readers have said they have not been able to get into their own home this evening due to a huge police cordon, claiming they were not given any advance warning that this would be the case.

Argyle Street Finnieston Police Presence COP26
A huge police presence along Argyle Street in Finnieston this evening

A resident told us that people are being denied access by police on Sauchiehall and Argyle Street, meaning her parents are unable to access life-saving medicine in their home.

Meanwhile, another reader came in contact with Glasgow Live to say that carers have not been able to come to scheduled appointments with the elderly and disabled, despite being told that schemes had been introduced in the past.

Photos shared on social media show police officers along Argyle Street along its full length in Finnieston around 5.45pm tonight.

Get Ready Glasgow, the official body responsible for communicating COP26 road closures to glass roads, has given advance notice of potential road closures in the area today, but the website recommends that “pedestrian access will be maintained”, while not referring to residents possibly locked their own home out.

Youth demonstration against climate change in Glasgow as leaders head to Kelvingrove for dinner.  Meet the police barrier at Kelvingrove Street for COP26
Protesters were kept away from the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum by police tonight

Nicola Stewart told Glasgow Live: “Residents are being denied access to their homes on Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street because of the event at the art galleries tonight at COP 26. No warning to residents that they would not have access to their homes. It is a complete disgrace.

“My mother told the police that she left the house at work at 7.30 this morning and asked where they wanted her to go as she does not have car keys or anything on her – the policeman told her he did not know.

“My father has told them he needs access to his blood pressure medication tonight, and they have told them sorry, but no access. So they have been left standing on Gray Street.

“I have a hard time believing out of the hundreds of police standing along Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street right now that they can not escort residents into their homes.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, (left), greets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive at an evening reception for the Heads of State and Government present to mark the opening day of the Cop26 Summit in Glasgow.
World leaders and dignitaries meet for dinner at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum tonight

“My friend on Argyle Street has told them that her dog was alone in the house today at 4pm and still has not been able to access. Poorly organized.”

David Thomson has also reported problems in the area, commenting: “The elderly and disabled in Yorkhill and Kelvingrove have been left without health and social partnership carers. Some need medicine, food, personal care and a bed, etc., but carers have been turned down at. a police cordon, even though arrangements were allegedly in place.

“Arrangements had been made for carers to get through as usual using specially updated ID tags, but they were rejected at the barrier.”

Meanwhile, Jenni told us on Twitter that she was forced to walk through Kelvingrove Park alone in the dark because of the roadblock.

She said: “Just got caught in my apartment after being told by the municipality that pedestrian access was maintained and plans made. I was finally escorted by police after 20 minutes and forced to walk alone through Kelvingrove in the dark without lighting to get to the subway. “

Glasgow Live has contacted police in Scotland for comment.

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The Get Ready Glasgow website states: “On Monday, November 1, part of Dumbarton Road and Argyle Street will be closed to traffic and no vehicles will be allowed to park on the route. This is likely to cause severe congestion in the area, which It’s currently one of the alternative routes that people have used due to the Clydeside Expressway being closed.

“Dumbarton Road and Argyle Street from Byres Road to St. Vincent Street will be closed from 10:00 on Monday 1 November to 06:00 on Tuesday 2 November.

“Finnieston Street from Argyle Street to Lancefield Quay will also be closed, as will a number of other roads in the area connecting Argyle Street.

“No parking will be allowed on Argyle Street, Dumbarton Road, Finnieston Street and short lengths of the adjacent roads from 8 a.m. on Monday. Any vehicles left on the route after this time will be removed.

“These restrictions will not affect emergency vehicles responding to an emergency in the area and pedestrian access will be maintained.”

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “Police have implemented temporary changes to the announced restrictions in place – including on Finnieston St and Argyle St. Although every effort has been made to ensure that restrictions are announced in advance when we are notified of changes with at short notice. they will be posted on social media. “

Climate Camp Scotland, which took part in the protests, tweeted earlier this evening: “Due to an extremely high police presence on Argyll St Kelvingrove, the rally location has been changed to the fountain behind the skate park.”

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