Big plans for Her­itage Park

Group to meet with politi­cians

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Liz Ley­don

A steer­ing group for Hall­side Her­itage Park is dis­cussing big plans for the for­mer steel­works this week ahead of pe­ti­tion­ing the lo­cal MP, MSP and coun­cil­lors.

The newly- formed group unites res­i­dents, wood­land and other lo­cal ex­perts with Half­way com­mu­nity coun­cil mem­bers and mem­bers of Drum­sagard Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion and Trust, and its cur­rent mem­bers want to get the wider com­mu­nity in­volved.

The Hall­side Her­itage Park steer­ing group met last week and looked at the timetable and fea­si­bil­ity study by TGP Land­scape Ar­chi­tects.

Jim Walker, sec­re­tary of the Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion and Trust, said: “We have called another meet­ing next week to talk to the ar­chi­tects about all the plans.

“Tak­ing the project for­ward, we will do a school con­sul­ta­tion as well as a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion be­cause one of the main pur­poses of the park will be ed­u­ca­tion.

“It is good to see progress. We are still look­ing for in­ter­ested par­ties in the com­mu­nity to be­come in­volved to see the project through un­til the end.”

Li­isa Hep­worth, sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, added: “The steer­ing group aims to over­see the trans­for­ma­tion of the 33 hectare Hall­side Re­gen­er­a­tion Wood­land (for­merly Hall­side Steel­works) into a com­mu­nity place of ed­u­ca­tional value and recre­ational green open and wood­land space.”

The hope is that res­i­dents of Cam­bus­lang and sur­round­ing ar­eas will be able to en­joy the nat­u­ral wood­land as a re­sult of the Her­itage Park plan.

The steer­ing group mem­bers are get­ting or­gan­ised ahead of a meet­ing this month with MP Ger­ard Killen, MSP Clare Haughey and lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

Li­isa said. “Firstly we want to en­list their sup­port, but also to seek in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice that could help make this project a suc­cess for Cam­bus­lang East.”

The for­mer steel­work was de­mol­ished as part of the plan­ning con­sents for the Drum­sagard De­vel­op­ment in the early 1990s by the de­vel­oper HJ Banks & Co.

The land was planted with a va­ri­ety of trees by the Green­belt Group and own­er­ship of the land was trans­ferred to Scot­tish En­ter­prise La­nark­shire with a long term lease with the Green­belt Group for the on­ward main­te­nance.

Drum­sagard Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion and Trust has set up a link page on their web­site at www. drum­sagardvil­lage. co. uk/ com­mu­nity/hall­side-her­itagepark and a Face­book page to pro­mote the work be­ing done and to en­cour­age more com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Any­one in­ter­ested to join­ing the Hall­side Her­itage Park steer­ing group can contact Li­isa by email at halfwaycc@gmail. com.

Steer­ing group Li­isa Hep­worth

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