Local jobs from £36m Govan housing development

01 Dec 2009

by Iain Lundy, Evening Times

A £36million project has been unveiled for more than 300 new houses in a deprived Glasgow community.

The announcement for Govan comes at a time when many housing programmes across the country are being shelved or suspended due to the credit crunch.

Glasgow-based Cruden Building and Renewals will build the homes next year on sites in and around Orkney Street, Golspie Street and Harhill Street.

The project - a mix of rented and private housing - is part of the Central Govan Action Plan, aimed at transforming the area.

All jobs, apprenticeships and contracts the development brings will be given to local people where possible.

The agreement has been secured by Glasgow South West Regeneration Agency working in partnership with job creation agency South West Working.

Ian Davidson MP, chairman of South West Working, signed the contract at Govan's Pearce Institute.

He said: "This is just the kind of development and investment we need in and around the south-west of Glasgow.

"It is essential that companies being awarded public contracts in the area look to the local workforce for job creation, apprenticeships and development of the local people.

"I'm delighted Cruden has signed up to this agreement and I'm glad to have played my part in making it happen.

"This is simply the start of the South West Working group in action.

"Over the coming years we will forge strong links with planned development for the benefit of the community."

Recruitment will be carried out by GSWRA and the agency has pledged to use its expertise to attract local workers.

Work is expected to begin on the project early next year and a series of recruitment fairs are planned for local people.

Reproduced with the permission of The Evening Times (Glasgow) © Newsquest (Herald & Times) Ltd. 

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