East Whit­law­burn will be a great place to live

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

East Whit­law­burn will soon have peo­ple “queu­ing to re­turn” after the green light was given for a £44mil­lion facelift of the area.

That is the opin­ion of Cam­bus­lang West coun­cil­lor Clare McColl who was part of the hous­ing and tech­ni­cal re­source com­mit­tee who ap­proved the plan last week.

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

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

Speak­ing after the meet­ing, Coun­cil­lor McColl said: “As we know this is one of the most de­prived ar­eas of South La­nark­shire.

“For many years there have been ex­treme is­sues of damp­ness in th­ese prop­er­ties along with many other prob­lems.

“I have at­tended all of the con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings by the con­sul­tant com­pany of Iron­side Far­rar which were well at­tended by the lo­cal res­i­dents. Many of the is­sues raised by th­ese res­i­dents were taken on board.

“Along with the neigh­bour­hood man­age­ment and mem­bers of the com­mit­tee, I have at­tended three al­ready re­gen­er­ated ar­eas - namely Cathkin, Fern­hill and Fairhill in Hamil­ton.

“I was very im­pressed with the high stan­dard and qual­ity of the new homes which have contributed to an en­hanced qual­ity of life for th­ese res­i­dents, and the Scot­tish Govern­ment have re­cently in­creased the level of grant avail­able for new build prop­er­ties for coun­cils to £59,000 per unit.

“If East Whit­law­burn is fin­ished to the same stan­dard I could fore­see a sit­u­a­tion where peo­ple who had pre­vi­ously re­quested a move from this area now queu­ing to re­turn.”

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.

Coun­cil­lor McColl said some older mem­bers of the com­mu­nity were un­happy with the de­ci­sion to de­mol­ish their homes.

But she added: “I have been ad­vised that ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble will be done to en­sure that suit­able ac­com­mo­da­tion will be pro­vided for the de­cant pe­riod of the new house build­ing.

“I have also been in­formed that any as­sis­tance re­quired dur­ing this time will be pro­vided.” A new store will open in Ruther­glen Ex­change Shop­ping Cen­tre next week.

The Sal­va­tion Army will open a store on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 25, at 10.30am.

Cen­tre man­ager Jane Cowan said:“I am de­lighted to an­nounce the ar­rival of this new ad­di­tion to Ruther­glen Ex­change and I’m con­fi­dent shop­pers will en­joy the new shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence this store has to of­fer with funds go­ing to a very worth­while cause.”

The store is also on the look­out for vol­un­teers, with in­ter­ested res­i­dents asked to pop into the store after the open­ing day.

New shop man­ager Anita Hughes said:“I can’t wait to open now, we are all ex­cited and we have fab­u­lous prod­ucts avail­able at great prices. I have high hopes for the shop and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“I’d like to en­cour­age any­one who feels they have the time to come and vol­un­teer.

“Vol­un­teer­ing is a fan­tas­tic way to spend your time: not only is it help­ful and a way of serv­ing your com­mu­nity but it is also very re­ward­ing.

“It is a great way to meet new peo­ple, learn new skills and feel like you are do­ing some good’, and of course a cup of tea will al­ways be pro­vided.”

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