Springhall residents get £465,000 boost
Springhall is set to benefit from a huge cash injection aimed at revitalising the area.
A £465,000 grant is set to revamp the Cage, creating a new multi games area, an interactive fitness area, allotment area, play area and recreational green space in one location.
It is hoped work on the “drastically needed” project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, will begin as soon as next month.
Alison Black, treasurer of Springhall Community Resource Group who have been awarded the grant, has hailed the plans as a huge step forward for the area.
She said: “We’re over the moon with the grant, and it will be an exciting time for the whole area.
“There has been a lot of consultation and planning leading up to this point and now it will lead to amazing facilities.
“We want to include every age group in this project, so there will be things like the fitness area for all ages, or the play area for children.
“We know there are residents who are used to green space being here [in the past] and now they will have that back, and this is going to be something where we will work with local nurseries and toddler groups to use that green space to grow their own food, for example.
“It could have huge benefits here. The area has had a bad time of late and this has been drastically needed.”
Over 500 local residents directly influenced the design and plans for the Cage through local events and door-to-door consultations.
The project, which has been in the pipeline for years, has seen support from both South Lanarkshire Council and Healthy n’ Happy Community Development Trust.
Alison added: “They have both been really helpful with this, and given a lot of support.
“When you start planning for years it’s never going quick enough and it feels like you are never seeing progress, but you are getting there, and to get that phone call we were ecstatic.”
The funding is drawn from the National Lottery Fund’s Our Place initiative.
Our Place aims to empower local people and organisations to bring about a positive difference to their neighbourhood, and it is currently working with and supporting projects in seven neighbourhoods in Scotland.
Grounds for optimism Springhall Community Resource Group say 2019 will be an exciting year