Cam­bus­lang Gate­way call

Widen boundary, says town’s CC

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

The boundary of the Clyde Gate­way ini­tia­tive, cre­ated to re­gen­er­ate Ruther­glen, should be ex­tended to in­clude Cam­bus­lang, the town’s com­mu­nity coun­cil has said.

The group says Clyde Gate­way is per­fectly po­si­tioned to direct and de­liver a long-term plan for eco­nomic growth in Cam­bus­lang.

The com­mu­nity coun­cil wants a mas­ter­plan for the town cen­tre drawn and an ex­am­i­na­tion of how other key sites - such as the New­ton Com­mu­nity Growth Area and the Somervell/Bridge Street de­vel­op­ment - will af­fect the vi­a­bil­ity of Main Street.

It set out its views in a re­sponse to the Main Is­sues Re­port (MIR), a doc­u­ment set­ting out South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s sug­ges­tions for the next lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan.

The re­sponse states: “We con­sider that there is a pressing need for a spa­tially tar­geted eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion ini­tia­tive for Cam­bus­lang.

“You will be aware of the sig­nif­i­cant area of data­zones in Cam­bus­lang cen­tral Cam­bus­lang, Cale­do­nia Cir­cuit, Whit­law­burn, East­field and Sil­ver­bank - which are in the bottom 15 per cent of the Scot­tish In­dex of Mul­ti­ple De­pri­va­tion and in the bottom 20 per cent for health in­di­ca­tors.

“The cu­mu­la­tive and per­sis­tent dis­ad­van­tages of th­ese ar­eas can only be tack­led with an in­te­grated re­gen­er­a­tion strat­egy of the type cur­rently be­ing im­ple­mented in the Clyde Gate­way area.

“We rec­om­mend that South La­nark­shire Coun­cil makes rep­re­sen­ta­tions to its lo­cal author­ity part­ners and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to ex­tend the eastern boundary of Clyde Gate­way east­wards on both sides of the river Clyde to in­clude the data­zones noted above; and to pro­vide Clyde Gate­way with ad­di­tional re­sources to ad­dress the long-term re­gen­er­a­tion prob­lems of Cam­bus­lang.

“Should this not be ac­cepted, we rec­om­mend that SLC de­vel­ops an al­ter­na­tive re­gen­er­a­tion strat­egy for Cam­bus­lang.”

Clyde Gate­way was estab­lished to un­der­take the re­gen­er­a­tion of 840 hectares across the east end of Glas­gow and Ruther­glen. It is driv­ing for­ward £1.5 bil­lion of pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment to es­tab­lish the area as a hub of busi­ness ac­tiv­ity.

It has al­ready com­pleted the Ruther­glen Links Busi­ness Park and re­me­di­ated con­tam­i­nated land that is now ripe for de­vel­op­ment.

Jim Clark, se­nior man­ager for com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Clyde Gate­way, said: “The make up and size of Clyde Gate­way are en­tirely for our three part­ners - South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, Glas­gow City Coun­cil and Scot­tish En­ter­prise - to de­ter­mine. If they felt it ap­pro­pri­ate to take in Cam­bus­lang, or other neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties, that’s some­thing we would deal with in due course.”

Pauline El­liott, head of plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “All of the 200-plus re­sponses re­ceived to the MIR – among them the points raised by the com­mu­nity coun­cil and in­clud­ing those re­fer­ring to Main Street, Cam­bus­lang – will be re­viewed, as­sessed and con­sid­ered on their own mer­its prior to the prepa­ra­tion of a pro­posed lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan, which will then be put be­fore the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee.”

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