Strong year for services
Report on regeneration success
Regeneration services in Rutherglen and Cambuslang have celebrated a successful year.
And this week’s meeting of the Cambuslang and Rutherglen Area Committee heard some of the highlights for the period April 2014 to March 2015.
Regeneration Services continue to manage the Tackling Poverty Programme with £4.6million to be pumped in throughout 2015/16.
A strong focus will continue to be placed on Whitlawburn, Springhall, Cathkin, Fernhill, Cairns, Westburn, Halfway and Burnhill.
In the past year, Routes to Inclusion in Cambuslang and Rutherglen has seen 430 people find jobs, 112 enter training and 13 take up education.
Key activity for the Tackling Poverty team includes youth diversion with 1878 young people, 37 adult and 48 youth volunteers trained and supported to deliver youth services.
The Healthy ‘n’ Happy Community Development Trust was given advice on funding to help them open premises on Farmeloan Road with £400,000 of financial support from Clyde Gateway.
They now have three cafes operating – two in Whitlawburn and one in Burnhill – with 59 mums attending.
Four editions of Community Matters have been printed and distributed to households in the area.
In the Community and Voluntary sector, 10 organisations have been supported to lever in £ 84,028 additional funding to the area.
The team also helped secure £ 54,000 of new external funding from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund for Cambuslang and Rutherglen Citizens Advice Bureau.
Business Support also boosted firms in the Rutherglen and Cam buslang area.
Thirty-seven firms were given help; with 208 jobs either created or saved.
It is projected that £ 2.55m of additonal sales could be generated for those businesses.
Some of the companies to benefit included Cladco Ltd based in Baronald Street, Rutherglen and Ceiling to Floor Ltd located in Somervell Street, Cambuslang.
They received funding to allow them to expand the business and provide new jobs locally.
And CCG Construction from Cambuslang won the Excellence in Young People Development Award at the Lanarkshire Business Excellence ceremony.
Physical regeneration included remediation work at Shawfield, the £ 4.5m SMART bridge linking Shawfield to Dalmarnock and a shopfront improvement scheme finished at Farmecross.
Councillor Chris Thompson Chair of Enterprise Services Committee said: “Our Regeneration Services team do a great job across South Lanarkshire delivering a diverse range of projects and activity aimed at developing individuals, communities and infrastructure.
“Their key objectives in Cambuslang and Rutherglen, as elsewhere, include promoting employment, business growth, social inclusion, physical development and sustainability and involve stong, positive partnerships with communities, voluntary sector bodies, the private sector and other public organisations.”