£44m boost

One of Cam­bus­lang’s most de­prived ar­eas is set to re­ceive a £44mil­lion in­vest­ment. Coun­cil­lors on a hous­ing and tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee are to­day, Wed­nes­day, ex­pected to rub­ber­stamp the de­liv­ery of a master­plan for the East Whit­law­burn hous­ing area.

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

One of Cam­bus­lang’s most de­prived ar­eas is set to re­ceive a £44mil­lion in­vest­ment.

Coun­cil­lors on a hous­ing and tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee are to­day, Wed­nes­day, ex­pected to rub­ber­stamp the de­liv­ery of a master­plan for the East Whit­law­burn hous­ing area.

The plan will see all 380 prop­er­ties in the scheme bull­dozed to make way for new, mod­ern hous­ing stock.

Of­fi­cers es­ti­mate the cost of build­ing the new homes will reach £41.6m with a fur­ther £2.3m for de­mo­li­tion costs and £240,000 for ac­qui­si­tions.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil say the new homes will be a mix of so­cial hous­ing and prop­er­ties for sale.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment re­cently in­creased the level of grant avail­able for new builds to coun­cils to £59,000 per unit with the coun­cil hop­ing to re­ceive a grant for £11.8m.

They also ex­pect to make £15.6m in sales.

The Re­former first re­ported plans for the re­gen­er­a­tion in June 2014.

Since then, three con­sul­ta­tion events have been held along with in­for­mal ‘ walk­a­bouts’ and meet­ings with key stake­hold­ers.

Over 300 res­i­dents took part in the con­sul­ta­tion which cul­mi­nated with 80 per cent sup­port­ing the full re­de­vel­op­ment of the scheme.

There are cur­rently 380 prop­er­ties that will be de­mol­ished, 95 of which are empty.

Whit­law­burn was re­cently listed as one of the five per cent most de­prived ar­eas in Scot­land and third in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors for to­day’s meet­ing states: “It is recog­nised that the re­de­vel­op­ment of the area will be com­plex and needs to be car­ried out on a phased ba­sis over a num­ber of years, com­men­su­rate with the pace of de­mo­li­tion, new hous­ing and fund­ing.

“Res­i­dents los­ing their homes as a re­sult of de­mo­li­tion wi l l be com­pen­sated in ac­cor­dance with the statu­tory Homeloss and Dis­tur­bance Scheme.

“Re- hous­ing will be in ac­cor­dance with the coun­cil’s al­lo­ca­tion pol­icy.”

Of­fi­cers pre­dict the project will be “spread over a long term devel­op­ment timescale of five years or so.”

Cam­bus­lang West coun­cil­lor, Richard Tul­lett, said: “This re­port is very wel­come and the in­vest­ment is much needed and long over­due.

“As the re­port says the re­de­vel­op­ment will be com­plex and will take place over a num­ber of years.

“Hav­ing at­tended the neigh­bour­hood board for the last four years I know just how pa­tient the res­i­dents have been in wait­ing for plans to get to this stage.

“To get this green light will be a mas­sive step for­ward and means the re­gen­er­a­tion of East Whit­law­burn can now pro­ceed in earnest.”

Re­vamp East Whit­law­burn is set for a multi-mil­lion pound re­gen­er­a­tion

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