JIM LOGUE We’re mak­ing real progress

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - In­ti­ma­tions -

Well, we’re now al­most one year on since the new ad­min­is­tra­tion took up of­fice and I can proudly look back and say that real progress has been made in North La­nark­shire to achieve our vi­sion of be­ing a ter­rific place to live, work, in­vest in and visit.

We are cur­rently in the third phase of our am­bi­tious mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme to re­build and re­fur­bish schools, in­clud­ing plans ap­proved for joint cam­puses at Toll­brae and St Ed­ward’s pri­maries and a re­place­ment school for Dun­robin and Peters­burn.

Work is also well un­der­way at St Do­minic’s Pri­mary, which is ex­pected to open later this year.

Through the Glas­gow City Re­gion City Deal, we’ll shortly see the new £2.6 mil­lion Glen­boig link road open, which is fun­da­men­tal to con­nect­ing the Gart­cosh and Glen­boig com­mu­ni­ties.

There’s great de­mand for fu­ture hous­ing in these ar­eas, but it was es­sen­tial to have the right in­fra­struc­ture in place which then frees up land and op­por­tu­ni­ties to at­tract fur­ther in­vest­ment.

This is the first project through City Deal that we’re ac­tu­ally see­ing re­alised and it bodes well for other ex­cit­ing plans, in­clud­ing the East Air­drie Link Road which will cre­ate ma­jor po­ten­tial in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­ni­ties in and around Air­drie.

This is the big­gest sin­gle roads and in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment in North La­nark­shire’s his­tory, which will ef­fec­tively join the M74 in the south with the M80 in the north.

Pro­pos­als to im­prove ac­cess and pub­lic trans­port at Euro­cen­tral, as well as new de­vel­op­ments such as Lidl’s re­gional dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre, will un­doubt­edly see im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity in the area, the cre­ation of thou­sands of jobs and a sig­nif­i­cant boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.

Things are re­ally chang­ing in North La­nark­shire at an as­ton­ish­ingly fast pace – and will con­tinue to do so.

We’re also in the midst of the big­gest coun­cil house-build­ing pro­gramme in a gen­er­a­tion and we have in­spir­ing pro­pos­als to sig­nif­i­cantly trans­form hous­ing and re­vi­talise our town cen­tre ar­eas.

Which brings me to the lat­est move­ments on our hugely am­bi­tious plans to de­mol­ish all 48 res­i­den­tial tow­ers over the next 20 years.

Res­i­dents in those coun­cil tower blocks iden­ti­fied in the first phase of our plans in Air­drie and Coat­bridge will each re­ceive hand-de­liv­ered packs by hous­ing of­fi­cers this week.

It’s vi­tal that res­i­dents com­plete the sur­vey form in­cluded to give their views on the re­de­vel­op­ment plans and fu­ture hous­ing re­quire­ments.

We un­der­stand that there will be mixed views on our plans for the tower blocks so it’s im­por­tant that ev­ery res­i­dent has their say.

These are bold, as­pi­ra­tional plans, which have sup­port from all po­lit­i­cal par­ties, to re­ally trans­form the land­scape of North La­nark­shire’s towns and com­mu­ni­ties.

And we’re de­liv­er­ing all of this with less bud­get from the Scot­tish Govern­ment as we con­tinue to see the cuts, in real cash terms, that lo­cal govern­ment re­ceives, which was high­lighted last week by Au­dit Scot­land.

These de­vel­op­ments all take time, but I would hon­estly say that over this last year, we’ve seen our plans start to take shape.

We’re see­ing new roads, schools and hous­ing de­vel­op­ments be­ing built, in­vest­ment in our in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial sites, the cre­ation of new at­trac­tions for vis­i­tors, like the new crannog play fa­cil­ity at Drumpel­lier which links to the Seven Lochs Wet­land Park.

Lat­est sta­tis­tics in­di­cate that North La­nark­shire’s econ­omy is the strong­est and fastest grow­ing in Scot­land and this in­vest­ment is cre­at­ing jobs, hope and as­pi­ra­tions for the peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties.

We’re be­ing hugely am­bi­tious and this last year has wit­nessed some great change.

In­deed, there are some ex­cit­ing times ahead and I am proud to be leader of North La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

Ex­cit­ing times Mr Logue (sec­ond from left) meets with (L-R) Shirley Lin­ton, head of plan­ning and re­gen­er­a­tion, Kevin Ste­wart MSP, min­is­ter for lo­cal govern­ment and hous­ing, and hous­ing devel­op­ment man­ager Pamela Humphries to dis­cuss fu­ture plans for North La­nark­shire

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