MSP wants re­as­sur­ance on fund­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Clare Haughey MSP has called on the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to con­tinue to help fund Clyde Gate­way projects in Ruther­glen.

Ms Haughey ques­tioned Kevin Ste­wart MSP, the min­is­ter for lo­cal gov­ern­ment and hous­ing, in par­lia­ment last week.

She also asked for re­as­sur­ances that the gov­ern­ment would make money avail­able to clear up in­dus­trial land in the Burgh.

Mr Ste­wart said they were com­mit­ted to £3mil­lion fund­ing for Clyde Gate­way over the next year, but re­fused to com­mit fur­ther, say­ing ad­di­tional fund­ing was be­ing con­sid­ered as part of a spend­ing re­view.

On Ruther­glen’s in­dus­trial past, Ms Haughey ex­plained: “Con­tam­i­nated land is an un­wel­come legacy in my con­stituency be­cause of the area’s in­dus­trial past.

“Can the cab­i­net sec­re­tary give an as­sur­ance that the Clyde Gate­way project will re­ceive fund­ing to al­low it to con­tinue its land de­con­tam­i­na­tion work in the Shaw­field area of Ruther­glen?”

Mr Ste­wart re­sponded, say­ing: “Of­fi­cials are cur­rently as­sess­ing South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s pro­pos­als for al­lo­cat­ing its share of the va­cant and derelict land fund in 2016-17, and a de­ci­sion will be is­sued in due course.

“Of­fi­cials are also work­ing closely with Clyde Gate­way to seek fur­ther in­vest­ment and fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port the project’s ac­tiv­i­ties.”

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