Exclusive: Committee commits to Heritage Projects

There’s SO much more to Blantyre Community Committee than organising the Festive Market, Switch on or the gala day.

Blantyre Community Committee are really passionate about how Blantyre looks and actively try to pursue ways of improving things. Take this for example. Together with some backing from Blantyre Project, they have recently sent away three separate grant applications for individual heritage and conservation projects within Blantyre. We think they’re worthwhile and are around the themes of Restoring, Protection and Replacement. Detailed costings, suggestions, plans, photos and history have this week been sent to Historic Scotland for the following proposals.

1. To restore the broken sections of wall along Stoneymeadow Road.
2. To protect the Calder Riverbank at Milheugh by use of gabion baskets
3. To replace the Water Fountain at Kirkton, High Blantyre (with non working replica)

The Committee has put the strongest case forward for each but its unlikely all three will be awarded. However, it’s hoped for success in one or two of the proposals. A decision is to be made at the end of the year and we’ll keep everybody posted once we know the outcome. If successful, it would be their intention to engage local labour and create some business enterprise.


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