Gate­way wel­comes £3m Holy­rood boost

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Clyde Gate­way has been awarded an ad­di­tional £3 mil­lion in fund­ing from the Scot­tish Govern­ment.

Hous­ing min­is­ter Mar­garet Burgess an­nounced the news ear­lier this week.

The money will sup­port the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of derelict sites in Ruther­glen, as well as Dal­marnock and Bridgeton.

Mrs Burgess said:“It is vi­tal we con­tinue the re­gen­er­a­tion of South La­nark­shire and Glas­gow’s East End, which will serve to main­tain the long-term legacy of the Com­mon­wealth Games.

“Since long be­fore the games took place we have wit­nessed a steady trans­for­ma­tion of an area once viewed as one of Scot­land’s most de­prived.

“We have taken care to en­sure the trans­for­ma­tion is more than an ur­ban makeover. Its pur­pose is to tackle in­equal­i­ties, cre­ate jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties, ul­ti­mately im­prov­ing the lives of those who live in the area.”

Ian Man­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Clyde Gate­way, said:“This ad­di­tional fund­ing from the Scot­tish Govern­ment, to­gether with the com­mit­ment given to our long-term fu­ture, will be wel­comed right across the East End and South La­nark­shire.

“This is a re­ward for the hard work we have been putting in, to­gether with our two coun­cil part­ners, Scot­tish En­ter­prise and with the sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, to en­sure the Clyde Gate­way re­gen­er­a­tion has a clear and im­me­di­ate im­pact.

“At the same time it also ac­knowl­edges just how much more still needs to be done to ad­dress con­tin­ued chal­lenges around workless­ness, ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ment and poor health, all of which must be over­come if we are to de­liver a last­ing, mean­ing­ful and sus­tain­able legacy.”

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