Spring­hall res­i­dents get £465,000 boost

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - JONATHAN GEDDES

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.

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