City deal cash to sup­port New­ton

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has set out the busi­ness case for the 1500home New­ton com­mu­nity growth area in or­der to gain City Deal fund­ing.

The author­ity is in line for £10.2mil­lion from the deal to sup­port the pro­posed road in­fra­struc­ture and the cre­ation of the new pri­mary school set to be opened in 2017.

But the money will not go to the cre­ation of a sec­ondary school in the area.

The busi­ness plan, which will be handed to the City Deal cab­i­net on De­cem­ber 15, was put to coun­cil­lors on an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee last week.

They were told in the plan that City Deal fund­ing was re­quired to “ad­dress the vi­a­bil­ity gap in terms of fa­cil­i­tat­ing the de­liv­ery of the New­ton CGA.”

It adds: “This fund­ing would be di­rected to­wards im­prove­ments to so­cial and phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture ( i. e. ca­pac­ity in ed­u­ca­tion, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and roads) to ac­com­mo­date the in­crease in the num­ber of res­i­dents and in ‘open­ing up’/ preparing sites for de­vel­op­ment.

“The fund­ing to de­liv­ery th­ese so­cial and phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture works at New­ton CGA is es­ti­mated to cost up to £10.2 mil­lion. In the ab­sence of City Deal fund­ing there is a sig­nif­i­cant risk that the New­ton CGA would not be de­vel­oped or at best de­vel­oped at much slower pace.”

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, the en­tire project will cre­ate 124 hous­ing con­struc­tion jobs and 189 in­di­rect jobs over the next 14 years.

A fur­ther 176 con­struc­tion jobs as­so­ci­ated with in­fra­struc­ture works and 144 in­di­rect and in­duced jobs would also be cre­ated. The project is ex­pected to bring in £150m in pri­vate hous­ing in­vest­ment.

The New­ton project has proved con­tro­ver­sial, with some peo­ple liv­ing nearby say­ing the fa­cil­i­ties are not there to sup­port the in­creased pop­u­la­tion.

Cen­tral to their claims is the lack of a sec­ondary school, with Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil pre­vi­ously call­ing on a new school to be built along­side the pri­mary.

But Michael McG­lynn, head of com­mu­nity re­sources, told the Re­former the City Deal; money would sup­port only the pri­mary.

He said: “In or­der to cater for a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion in the area, the as­so­ci­ated needs of lo­cal res­i­dents and their chil­dren and to ad­dress on­go­ing im­prove­ments to the pro­vi­sion of child­care fa­cil­i­ties the coun­cil iden­ti­fied the need for a new non­de­nom­i­na­tional pri­mary school within the de­vel­op­ment site.

“The new school will in­cor­po­rate 18 class­rooms, a ‘com­mu­nity’ wing and 4G foot­ball pitch. To relieve the pres­sure on ex­ist­ing schools in the area the fa­cil­ity is sched­uled to open in Au­gust 2017.

It was orig­i­nally in­tended to build the school in two phases how­ever economies of scale and avoid­ing fu­ture dis­rup­tion caused by con­struc­tion work dur­ing term time led to the de­ci­sion to carry out the works in one main con­tract.

“The £13.3m cost of the school is be­ing met through a com­bi­na­tion of fund­ing from the coun­cil, Tay­lor Wim­pey de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tions and City Deal.”

The deal will “ad­dress the vi­a­bil­ity gap” to de­liv­er­ing the New­ton CGA

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