Com­mu­nity re­source group work­ing to make a dif­fer­ence

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Spring­hall was re­cently named as one of the most de­prived com­mu­ni­ties in Scot­land.

Much of it is amongst the worst five per cent for de­pri­va­tion.

But the Spring­hall Com­mu­nity Re­source Group be­lieve that can be turned around.

They are hop­ing to clear up the area be­hind the shops and have ear­marked an ex­ten­sion of the cage area as they look for fund­ing.

They also want to see fa­cil­i­ties at Loch and St An­thony’s schools more eas­ily avail­able for the com­mu­nity.

Ad­dress­ing the in­di­vid­ual con­cerns, a spokes­woman for South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said:“South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has un­der­taken con­sid­er­able hous­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal in­vest­ment in the Spring­hall area, with the 500 coun­cil homes ben­e­fit­ing from more than £4.9m worth of im­prove­ments in the last five years alone, re­sult­ing in more than 94 per cent of the stock reach­ing the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Scot­tish Hous­ing Qual­ity Stan­dard.

“This has in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of new gas in­fra­struc­ture and heat­ing sys­tems to 336 prop­er­ties - en­sur­ing they have warm and ef­fi­cient homes fit for the 21st cen­tury - and more than £750,000 on ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments. More than £250,000 of in­vest­ment is planned within the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year for a pro­gramme of ex­ter­nal fab­ric re­fur­bish­ment which will be phased over fu­ture years.

“The coun­cil is com­mit­ted to creat­ing safe and ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ties and, with our com­mu­nity part­ners, will take ac­tion to pre­vent and tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and pro­vide public re­as­sur­ance. Reg­u­lar pa­trols are car­ried out within the Spring­hall area by the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity war­den ser­vice and the lo­cal hous­ing team, and no on­go­ing is­sues in re­la­tion to drug para­pher­na­lia in the area or closes has been de­tected.

“The coun­cil ac­tively works in part­ner­ship with Po­lice Scot­land and would en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to re­port any is­sues to the us via the anti so­cial be­hav­iour hot­line on 0800 389 1105 or to Po­lice Scot­land on 101.

“The coun­cil’s tack­ling poverty team has sought in­put from the com­mu­nity to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of as­pi­ra­tions for cur­rent and po­ten­tial fu­ture use of the hall and li­brary. And whilst there are no im­me­di­ate pro­pos­als to in­vest in the fa­cil­i­ties within the cur­rent cap­i­tal pro­gramme, we are de­vel­op­ing op­tions and ex­plor­ing the po­ten­tial for ex­ter­nal fund­ing through the lot­tery-based‘Our Place’pro­gramme and other sim­i­lar sources.

“In the mean­time the coun­cil is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing the up­keep of the hall and li­brary with the lim­ited re­sources it has at its dis­posal.

“In ad­di­tion to the hall and li­brary, the lo­cal schools are avail­able for the com­mu­nity to book out­with school hours. St An­thony’s and Loch Pri­mary Schools and Cathkin High school of­fer a vary­ing mix of class­rooms, meet­ing rooms, gyms, games halls and ex­ter­nal pro­vi­sion and are avail­able Mon­day to Fri­day from 6-9.30pm dur­ing term time with fur­ther ac­cess at Cathkin High school on Satur­day morn­ings from 9am-noon.”

Over­grown Much of the hous­ing stock in the scheme is no longer de­sir­able

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