Eye­sore area will be blooming won­der­ful

Run­down gar­den gets new lease of life with £40k aid

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Murray Spooner

The Burn­side com­mu­nity are cel­e­brat­ing after re­ceiv­ing £ 40,000 worth of fund­ing to re­de­velop a run­down gar­den.

Burn­side in Bloom and Burn­side Com­mu­nity Coun­cil have been cam­paign­ing to re­vive the gar­dens at the end of Douglas Av­enue and are de­lighted their ef­forts have paid off.

Fund­ing in the re­gion of £40,000 has been ap­proved and fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and Burn­side in Bloom will take place in the New Year.

Alison Black, sec­re­tary of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, said: “There are gar­dens at the end of Douglas Av­enue which are run down and the play equip­ment is bro­ken and rusty.

“The equip­ment is pretty dan­ger­ous, it’s old and not fit for pur­pose.”

“We ap­proached the [South La­nark­shire] coun­cil for help and they said yes. We orig­i­nally thought we would have to raise the money to add to the to­tal but the coun­cil have man­aged to fund the lot.

“The coun­cil are go­ing to do the work and have drawn up ini­tial ideas rather than the plans. We con­sulted with the lo­cal res­i­dents to ask them what they thought about it and what they thought needed done.

“It’s ex­cel­lent be­cause the area should be able to be used by dog walk­ers and there is a school that backs on to it and they could also use it. We’re hop­ing the kids and lo­cal peo­ple can get in­volved in plant­ing for the gar­dens.

The work is set to start early this year.

Re­vamp The gar­den in Douglas Av­enue will re­ceive a fund­ing boost

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