Blantyre misses out on Funding

Blantyre has missed out on a £7.8million investment for local improvements from South Lanarkshire Council, Clyde Valley Housing Association and Hamilton Business Improvement District.

Allocation was made to Hamilton, Lanark, East Kilbride, Cambuslang, Forth, Carnwath, Bothwell, Stonehouse, Douglas and Strathaven.

Focus is on Hamilton town centre redevelopment with plans to develop the former Vogue Cinema, the former press buildings in Campbell Street and create a new retail hub on the former Poundstretcher site.

There were other communities celebrating too.

Following the extensive consultations and efforts by Cambuslang Community Council, an award was made of £620,000 towards a £1.4million enhancement to the aesthetics of the town.

Heritage trails in Bothwell, Stonehouse, Douglas and Strathaven are to be created with £150,000.

Carnwath Community Council are set to be awarded £260,000 to purchase the old Garage School for their plan to create an enterprise hub for all.

East Kilbride is to receive £200,000 towards creating space for 60 business start ups in the Plaza Tower.

Council leader John Ross commented that he was overwhelmed by the engagement from local communities to produce bids for funding and would like to do something similar next year.

This would allow the 12 unsuccessful bidders to come back with stronger proposals. Some Councillors however, were left disappointed, pointing out that some smaller communities had been overlooked when even small sums of money would have provided large transformational change and benefits.

Funds have to be spent by September 2020.

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