Clyde Gate­way is global suc­cess

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Clyde Gate­way is be­ing held up as a global leader in trans­form­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

The ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion com­pany, who op­er­ate in Ruther­glen as well as Glas­gow’s east end, this week pub­lished their sev­enth an­nual re­port.

Chair of the Gate­way board, Lord Smith of Kelvin, re­vealed they had re­ceived vis­i­tors from Aus­tralia, China, Canada, France, El Sal­vador, Uganda and Rus­sia as well as from across the UK.

The re­port also de­tails spend­ing of £44 mil­lion in the last financial year across the Clyde Gate­way area.

In­cluded in this fig­ure is work on in­fras­truc­ture at Shaw­field, the com­ple­tion of the One Ruther­glen Links of­fice block and the on­go­ing project at Cuningar Loop.

Lord Smith, who helped de­liver Glas­gow’s Com­mon­wealth Games, said: “The statis­tics and fig­ures in our lat­est an­nual re­port pro­vide very clear ev­i­dence that we have picked up the ba­ton from the 2014 Games, run with it and en­sured its spin-offs and ben­e­fits are go­ing to be en­joyed for many more years to come.

“You only need to take a quick glance at the east end of Glas­gow and Ruther­glen to get a flavour of the re­mark­able change which is un­der­way. The very best of de­vel­op­ments of all types, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity and sports fa­cil­i­ties, hous­ing and of­fices, can be found through­out the Clyde Gate­way area, with each and ev­ery one of them mak­ing a real and mean­ing­ful dif­fer­ence to the qual­ity of life for lo­cal res­i­dents.

“There is huge in­ter­est the world over in what we are do­ing and how we are do­ing it. The past year alone has seen vis­i­tors come here from all cor­ners of the globe.

“With­out ex­cep­tion, they have ad­mired the work we are un­der­tak­ing and have been par­tic­u­larly com­pli­men­tary about the ex­tent to which we en­able the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties them­selves to shape and drive for­ward the changes.”

For the first time ever, ex­pen­di­ture on the key strate­gic goal of in­creas­ing eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity out­stripped the spend on sus­tain­able place trans­for­ma­tion, a fact which bodes well for the fu­ture ac­cord­ing to chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Man­son.

He said: “Up un­til now we have had to spend al­most 70 per cent of all our avail­able resources on re­me­di­at­ing large ar­eas of derelict, va­cant and of­ten con­tam­i­nated or pol­luted land but this lat­est in­vest­ment of £17m added up to just un­der 40 per cent of our yearly spend in 2014/15.”

This means that much more was avail­able to spend on ac­tiv­i­ties which brought jobs and eco­nomic growth to the area, along with pro­vid­ing sup­port to pro­grammes and de­vel­op­ments that are pop­u­lar and in de­mand lo­cally.

“The past two weeks alone, since the an­nual re­port went to print, have seen £5m worth of new com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties open in the Clyde Gate­way area – fa­cil­i­ties that will be owned, run and man­aged by lo­cal res­i­dents – as well as our an­nounce­ment that we will be putting al­most £350,000 of resources into school and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties to the ben­e­fit of more than 8000 pupils of all ages in our area.”

Copies of the 2014/ 15 Clyde Gate­way an­nual re­port can be down­loaded from its web­site at www.clyde­gate­ while copies can be ob­tained at the Town Hall, Healthy ‘n’ Happy and the Burn­hill Sports Cen­tre or by tele­phon­ing 0141 276 1573.

There is huge in­ter­est the world over in what we are do­ing

In­ter­est Lord Smith of Kelvin

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