Putting the spring into Spring­hall

£10k for fea­si­bil­ity study into fu­ture of The Cage

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Res­i­dent s f rom Spring­hall have been given some long awaited good news af­ter it was an­nounced the area will re­ceive a £10,000 fund­ing boost from Big Lot­tery Fund to re­fur­bish the Spring­hall Cage.

The money will fund a fea­si­bil­ity study and use the award to em­ploy a tech­ni­cal de­sign con­sul­tant.

Re­de­vel­op­ment of The Cage is an am­bi­tious project that aims to re­de­velop the site into a mul­ti­pur­pose green space for com­mu­nity use.

It could in­volve an as­set trans­fer to the Spring­hall Com­mu­nity Re­source Group who will own the space and be re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing it.

Me m b e r s o f the Spring­hall Com­mu­nity Re­source Group will work with land­scape ar­chi­tects and plan­ners to cre­ate a new de­sign for the lo­ca­tion.

They will soon be ask­ing peo­ple from the area for their ideas on what they would like to see The Cage look like.

“The award of these funds fi­nally shows that Spring­hall is on the map for pos­i­tive changes ben­e­fit­ting the com­mu­nity as a whole,” said Re­source Group mem­ber, Ali­son Black.

“The re­de­vel­op­ment of The Cage puts a spring back into Spring­hall.”

The Big Lot­tery has pro­vided the fund­ing for the Spring­hall Cage un­der the Our Place project - a five- year ini­tia­tive tak­ing place in seven neigh­bour­hoods across Scot­land. This in­cludes Spring­hall and Whit­law­burn.

The ini­tia­tive is all about peo­ple work­ing to­gether to make their com­mu­nity a bet­ter place and Spring­hall a n d W h i t l awb u r n res­i­dents have been sup­ported by Healthy n Happy Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Trust.

Jan Tay­lor, a se­nior team leader from Healthy n Happy, said lo­cal res­i­dents have out­lined what they wish for their com­mu­ni­ties and are now com­ing to­gether to work on plans that will shape the fu­ture of Whit­law­burn and Spring­hall.

She said: “It’s been a priv­i­lege to sup­port the res­i­dents of Spring­hall and Whit­law­burn and here is an­other ex­am­ple where their ex­cep­tion­ally hard work has paid off.

“The next stage will be an ex­cit­ing one, con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity and other agen­cies will be­gin next year. We look for­ward to work­ing with res­i­dents to put the spring back into Spring­hall.”

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and other lo­cal agen­cies are also sup­port­ing this process.

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