£10mset­tobe­spen­ton city li­braries and cen­tres

Evening Times - - NEWS - By VIVIENNE NICOLL

MIL­LIONS of pounds is to be spent car­ry­ing out vi­tal work at city li­braries, com­mu­nity and leisure cen­tres and at Queen’s Park Glasshouse.

This week, the city coun­cil­lors will be asked to ap­prove a plan which will re­sult in £10mil­lion be­ing spent be­fore the end of March.

The com­mu­nity as­set fund is spent on prop­er­ties which are said to im­prove the well­be­ing, cul­tural, recre­ational or sport­ing in­ter­ests of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Re­cently, a sur­vey of ev­ery coun­cil prop­erty was car­ried out to as­sess the con­di­tion of the fab­ric of the build­ings. It iden­ti­fied 30 venues where work is needed on the roof, rewiring, cen­tral heat­ing, win­dow re­place­ment or dec­o­ra­tion.

Li­braries to ben­e­fit will in­clude Bail­lieston, Car­don­ald, Castlemilk, the Mitchell, Partick, Rid­drie, Whiteinch and Wood­side.

Work will be car r ied out at Bar­la­nark, Bel­la­hous­ton, Bell­craig, Castlemilk, Mary­hill, Nether­ton, Lang­side and Ruchill com­mu­nity cen­tres. Projects are also planned at leisure cen­tres in­clud­ing Bel­la­hous­ton, Castlemilk, Don­ald De­war, Drum­chapel pool, Easter­house, Gor­bals, Scot­stoun and Spring­burn.

Up­grad­ing schemes will also get un­der way at Tramway, Pol­lok House, Dixon Halls day care cen­tre and Queen’s Park Glasshouse.

In Septem­ber, the Evening Times re­vealed lo­cals had called on the city coun­cil to take steps to pre­serve the his­toric glasshouse.

The roof is cur­rently leak­ing and lo­cal peo­ple said the struc­ture is fail­ing into dis­re­pair.

If coun­cil­lors agree on the £10m list of projects, it will re­sult in £200,000 be­ing spent on work to save the failed cen­tral dome of the glasshouse.

The most ex­pen­sive project will be at Nether­ton com­mu­nity cen­tre, where £2m will be spent on the de­mo­li­tion of the swim­ming pool, the build­ing be­ing rewired and re-roofed, new cur­tain walling and in­ter­nal dec­o­ra­tion. Projects cho­sen to be in­cluded in the list of work were se­lected on a num­ber of cri­te­ria: Boiler and heat­ing which is beyond its ser­vice­able life. ring has reached the end of its life.

Dec­o­ra­tion needed af­ter ma­jor work or where prop­er­ties need up­grad­ing.

eroof­ing where there is wa­ter ingress.

ild­ings where there are health and safety is­sues.

Glas­gow Life chair­man David McDon­ald said: “Our com­mu­nity as­sets are more than just build­ings.

“They are the lifeblood of our com­mu­ni­ties, the places where peo­ple come to­gether to be in­spire, to learn, take part in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity or sim­ply to en­joy the in­cred­i­ble range of ser­vices on of­fer.

“We must in­vest in our much val­ued pub­lic build­ings to en­sure they are fit for pur­pose and this in­vest­ment – and fur­ther fund­ing in the years ahead – will pro­tect com­mu­nity as­sets across the city.”

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