A SPORT pitch in Barrhead and storefronts in Neilston are expected to benefit from a new fund, with £ 635,000 to distribute in East Renfrewshire.
Seven projects have been recommended for funding under the Scottish Government’s Placement Based Investment Program.
The East Renfrewshire cabinet will meet next week to decide whether the programs will receive the proposed allocations.
If approved, there will be £ 250,000 for a multi-purpose play area at Dunterlie Resource Center, Barrhead, which would be “the first of a number of projects to help regenerate a deprivation zone” , according to a council report. .
It is also recommended to set aside £ 125,000 for the renovation and modernization of the common areas of the Westbourne Business Center, which provides office space for businesses in the city center.
Stage lighting could be replaced with LED units in Clarkston Lobbies, with improved wiring and sound systems to minimize power consumption. This project is recommended for receiving £ 77,000.
There could be £ 100,000 for storefronts in Neilston to help locals “improve the appearance of the ground floor facades of occupied and vacant business premises in the village”. It is hoped that this will stimulate the “prosperity of the shops on the main street of Neilston.”
Councilors are recommended to approve £ 50,000 for the Dunterlie Employability Hub, which will be located “in the most economically disadvantaged area of East Renfrewshire”.
It will provide support to build the confidence and skills of people in Dunterlie and the surrounding area who wish to be able to access employment opportunities and training.
The resurfacing of the car park could also take place at the Dunterlie Resource Center, with £ 20,000 to be allocated.
There should be £ 12,000 for festive lighting at Eastwood Toll and Kirkstyle Lane, Neilston, to “enhance the distinctiveness and vibrancy of the city and neighborhood centers during the dark months”.
The new funding program was announced by the Scottish Government in February this year and will run for five years.
It aims to be shaped by ‘the needs and aspirations of local communities’, says a council report, and ‘to accelerate the Scottish Government’s ambitions’, including for 20-minute quarters and community-led regeneration.
East Renfrewshire has £ 635,000 for 2021/22 and expects to receive £ 2.3million over the five-year period, with around £ 551,100 in the next fiscal year and £ 384,100 over the three years remaining.
Employment contracts on projects in this year’s allocation must have been signed by March 31 next year, the Scottish Government has said.
A call for proposals was launched by council staff in June, with input from community councils, charities and local groups.
The report adds: “The program provides an excellent opportunity to invest more in key areas of East Renfrewshire and has been a catalyst for community and stakeholder engagement, which will help guide future investments and collaborative work. ”