Big plans for Heritage Park
Group to meet with politicians
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