Next steps for Oatlands regeneration

17 Nov 2011

A children's play area is to be created as part of a £2 million upgrade of Richmond Park, part of the Oatland regeneration.

Big Lottery money could be the key to progress with children's play facilities at Richmond Park.

Glasgow City Council is promoting massive regeneration in Oatlands, in the South Side, which will result in almost 1400 new homes being built.

The £220m project also involves the diversion of Rutherglen Road, the creation of new shops, a pondside family pub, new allotments and community facilities and, by converting and extending the B-listed St Margaret's Church, the creation of a new business centre.

Since the scheme was launched in 2005 almost 400 new homes to buy and rent have been built and Rutherglen Road has been realigned to remove heavy traffic from the area. Street works have been completed in Oatlands Square, new allotments created and New Gorbals Housing Association has refurbished a former block of pensioners' flats to create eight townhouses and six flats.

However the financial crisis has resulted in other elements of the regeneration, including improvements to the park, being delayed. In a bid to allow work to start on the play area, Oatlands Development Trust is planning to apply for £250,000 of Big Lottery funding - the council is not eligible to apply.

Lottery rules insist the organisation applying for cash must have a lease for the land where work will take place.

As a result, councillors have been asked to lease 3240 sq m of ground at Richmond Park Gardens to the development trust to allow it to provide the first phase of the extension and upgrading of Richmond Park.

Source: Evening Times - Lotto cash could speed up plans for city park

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