Home Doll house Glasgow projects in line for £3.7m cash boost

Glasgow projects in line for £3.7m cash boost

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It is currently on Scotland’s building at risk register and has been closed to the public since storm damage over 10 years ago.

Now the Tollcross Winter Gardens are among Glasgow’s community projects to benefit from £3.7million from the Place Fund.

The East End site is one of nine community projects in Glasgow which have received the money through the Scottish Government’s Place Fund after Glasgow City Council approved funding allocations yesterday.

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The Place Fund is a Scottish Government investment fund which local authorities allocate, in collaboration with local communities, to develop projects on a variety of themes. These include: 20-minute quarters; downtown regeneration; community-led regeneration and community wealth creation; achieve net zero; and well-being and inclusive economic development.

The East End Winter Gardens which closed over 10 years ago

Glasgow City Council has received £3.7million for 2021/22 and the Scottish Government has tentatively allocated £3.2million for projects in the city over the following years.

The investment will be used for the redevelopment of Tollcross Winter Gardens, a B-rated greenhouse.

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The greenhouse was closed after being damaged in storms in December 2010 and January 2011 and has been closed ever since. It is hoped that the redevelopment will promote social interaction, social enterprise, benefit park users and complement a new nursery currently under construction.

Following a call for funding applications, 56 applications were received, with the total funding request representing nearly four times the available allocation.

The other eight Glasgow projects that will receive this funding for the current financial year are The Braes, Castlemilk; Carbon-free Govanhill; Hamiltonhill Green Infrastructure Project; Laurieston Community Hall; Parkhead Pantry Garden; Queensland Community Park; Ruchazie Café and Treehills Community Supermarket.

Tollcross Winter Gardens - among nine projects benefiting from a cash increase

Tollcross Winter Gardens – among nine projects benefiting from a cash increase

Councilor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said these were a welcome series of investments that can help unlock the potential of many parts of Glasgow.

Councilor Aitken said, “From community kitchens and new grow spaces to new active travel connections, these nine projects will benefit communities in all corners of the city, helping our residents better appreciate their neighborhoods.

She added that she was particularly pleased to see the commitment to the Braes Shopping Center in Castlemilk, adding: “This is a game changer, one final piece of the investment jigsaw which will enable the development of a branded supermarket and will make a huge positive difference for the area. The Castlemilk community has been pushing for this for decades – they knew what they needed and why and the town government has supported local efforts to make it happen. Big shout out to everyone who campaigned for it.”

Margaret McIntyre, chair of the Southside Housing Association, said she was delighted to receive funding for Queensland Court and Gardens in Cardonald. The project aims to improve the landscape surrounding the two towers. The works will include an active area including a playground, a pump track for bicycles and scooters, and natural play equipment for climbing, swinging and sliding.

Rona Anderson, Director of Property, Business and Regeneration at Queens Cross Housing Association, said: “The association will use this funding to support the creation of active transport infrastructure in the new green neighborhood of Hamiltonhill. . This includes a well-lit network of off-road trails that will help connect the community while increasing opportunities for exercise, rest and socialization in nature.”