Funding to smarten up the Barras

26 Mar 2013

A major regeneration programme is being lined up for the Barras and Calton area in advance of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The Barras market place is world famous and close to venues for Glasgow's Commonwealth Games. Shop fronts on key routes linking the market with the city's various Games sites are being targeted, with funding offered to shop-keepers to improved shop fronts.

The cash injection is part of ambitious plans to regenerate the city's historic Calton area, including major improvements to the market stalls.

Local councillor and Calton-born Yvonne Kucuk is spearheading the community wide drive. She was elected as a Labour councillor for the area on the back of her involvement in the community and has now been elected chairwoman of the Action Barras Calton Group.

£3.5million is being set aside by Glasgow City Council to "kick start" the regeneration blueprint, with another £2.8m promised from trusts and foundations.

Cash will be set aside from this to revamp the shops.

Yvonne said: "Hundreds of thousands of pounds are being made available for shop-front improvements. Individual shopkeepers could potentially receive tens of thousands of pounds to help pay for the work which needs to be done."

A spokesman said: "The Calton Barras Action Plan has been established to help regenerate the Barras market and the wider Calton area to create an attractive and well-connected neighbourhood with a distinctive and vibrant Barras market at its core.

Source: Evening Times - Action Plan Funding