Cash hope

Town could ben­e­fit from funds scheme

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Jonathan Ged­des

Ruther­glen could ben­e­fit from a new Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment scheme aimed at ac­cel­er­at­ing fund­ing for in­fra­struc­ture projects.

Clyde Gate­way have submitted pro­pos­als for the Ruther­glen area, in­clud­ing one for Shaw­field.

Ruther­glen could ben­e­fit from a new Scot­tish gov­ern­ment scheme aimed at ac­cel­er­at­ing fund­ing for in­fra­struc­ture projects.

Clyde Gate­way have submitted pro­pos­als for the Ruther­glen area, in­clud­ing one for Shaw­field.

The plans came af­ter First Min­is­ter Nicola Stur­geon an­nounced an ad­di­tional £100m of fund­ing for this fi­nan­cial year.

The fi­nan­cial pack­age is aimed at speed­ing up the de­liv­ery of health and other in­fra­struc­ture projects, as well as es­tab­lish­ing a new ser­vice to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to busi­nesses af­fected by the EU ref­er­en­dum.

Jim Clark of Clyde Gate­way said: “Clyde Gate­way has been in con­tact (with the gov­ern­ment) and submitted a num­ber of bids for the area, in­clud­ing Shaw­field and Ruther­glen, for con­sid­er­a­tion for the fund­ing.

“We pre­vi­ously de­liv­ered more than £20 mil­lion worth of ‘shovel ready’ projects back in 2012, so we have a strong track record to of­fer the gov­ern­ment and we be­lieve we are in a good po­si­tion to sup­port in­clu­sive growth and en­sure the capital growth reaches those most in need.”

Shaw fi e l d has been ear­marked as the site for a new na­tional busi­ness dis­trict.

Mil­lions of pounds have been spent clear­ing much of the land of con­tam­i­nated waste while a bridge has been in­stalled to link the area with Dal­marnock Train Sta­tion.

Clyde Gate­way’s pro­pos­als have been backed by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil head of plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment Pauline El­liott said: “The coun­cil are fully sup­port­ive of the pro­pos­als be­ing put for­ward by the Clyde Gate­way to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and await the out­come of the de­ci­sion mak­ing process.

“Fund­ing of this type will help main­tain the mo­men­tum built up over the course of re­cent years and as­sist in bring­ing for­ward the de­vel­op­ment of key sites in the area.”

MSP Clare Haughey ex­pressed her de­light at the gov­ern­ment pro­pos­als: “Nicola Stur­geon has been clear that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment will pur­sue all pos­si­ble op­tions to pro­tect Scot­land’s re­la­tion­ship with the EU.

“How­ever, in the mean­time, we must do all we can to en­sure that our econ­omy doesn’t suf­fer, hit­ting jobs and in­vest­ment in Ruther­glen and across the coun­try.

“It’s up to the UK Gov­ern­ment to match the Sc ot t i s h Gov­ern­ment’s am­bi­tion and be­gin fix­ing this mess of their own mak­ing.

“Theresa May must take mean­ing­ful ac­tion to al­le­vi­ate un­cer­tainty and an­nounce a UK- wide stim­u­lus, al­low­ing the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to do even more to se­cure jobs in Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and be­yond.”

Project Land at Shaw­field has been cleared with a view to cre­at­ing a na­tional busi­ness dis­trict

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