£10msettobespenton city libraries and centres
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.”