Plan­ning for a bet­ter com­mu­nity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Com­mu­ni­ties in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang will soon have the chance to map out the fu­ture of their towns with de­sign ex­perts.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is launch­ing two funds to al­low peo­ple to have a di­rect role in mak­ing their com­mu­ni­tiess bet­ter places to live.

Fund­ing of £300,000 is avail­able across two grant schemes: the De­sign Char­rettes pro­gramme and the Ac­ti­vat­ing Ideas Fund.

Char­rettes bring to­gether the pub­lic, stake­hold­ers and de­sign­ers over a num­ber of days to draw up vi­able pro­pos­als, while the Ac­ti­vat­ing Ideas Fund will sup­port par­tic­i­pa­tion and em­pow­er­ment ini­tia­tives in dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas.

Min­is­ter for lo­cal gov­ern­ment Kevin Ste­wart said: “The qual­ity of our places has an im­por­tant in­flu­ence on our lives.

“This gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to em­pow­er­ing com­mu­ni­ties and in­volv­ing them in the plan­ning process.

“We have al­ready seen re­ally good ex­am­ples of this in the few years since the char­rettes pro­gramme has been run­ning.

“Lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties have a wealth of knowl­edge about their lo­cal area. Bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether with de­sign ex­per­tise will en­able ideas and pro­pos­als to be de­vel­oped to de­liver pos­i­tive change.

“This ini­tia­tive pro­vides a way of en­abling peo­ple across Scot­land to have their say on the long-term fu­ture of their com­mu­nity.”

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