Coun­cil set to dis­cuss in­vest­ment pro­pos­als

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The next steps of a £1.87mil­lion in­vest­ment in Ren­frew­shire’s green spaces and vil­lages will be con­sid­ered by coun­cil­lors next week.

Elected mem­bers at Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil will con­sider a re­port at Wed­nes­day’s Lead­er­ship Board.

This will out­line key ob­jec­tives and the pro­posed ap­pli­ca­tion process of the green spaces, parks and play ar­eas and Vil­lages In­vest­ment Fund, af­ter the coun­cil made the com­mit­ment in the 2018/19 bud­get.

The fund would back lo­cal peo­ple to make phys­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments across Ren­frew­shire, with sup­port for ideas and projects and fund­ing ad­vice.

Com­mu­ni­ties will also be sup­ported to carry out con­di­tion and de­vel­op­ment sur­veys of green spaces, in­clud­ing parks and play ar­eas, as their ideas are sought on how to de­velop and im­prove their lo­cal area.

A £ 370,000 chunk of the in­vest­ment has been al­lo­cated to de­velop a Vil­lages In­vest­ment Fund, which will en­cour­age ap­pli­ca­tions from smaller com­mu­ni­ties and will de­liver projects that strengthen the iden­tity, her­itage, unique­ness and in­tegrity of vil­lage life.

A fur­ther £110,000 has been al­lo­cated to sup­port the pro­vi­sion of a multi-use games area or al­ter­na­tive fa­cil­ity in the Bar­gar­ran area of Ersk­ine.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil leader Iain Ni­col­son said: “We’re com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing our com­mu­ni­ties with the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop, im­prove and take for­ward projects which will ben­e­fit their lo­cal area.

“This new fund is a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in our com­mu­ni­ties and we want res­i­dents to tell us what they need to make their area a bet­ter place to live.

“We’ll pro­vide the sup­port, ex­per­tise and im­pe­tus to bring their vi­sions to re­al­ity if they can demon­strate that their idea will make a real and sus­tain­able dif­fer­ence to the lives of those around them.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing the ex­cit­ing ideas for im­prove­ments com­ing for­ward from lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties once the fund is of­fi­cially launched.”

A lot to con­sider Coun­cil leader Iain Ni­chol­son

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