23rd September 2016 –
Green spaces throughout Renfrewshire are set to be benefit from a bumper new investment.
Renfrewshire Council has earmarked £2.25million to be ploughed into town and village parks across the region.
Local authority bosses have pledged to put communities at the heart of any planned developments in their local areas.
And there is hope that even more millions could be invested in the parks as the council leads a programme to secure major additional external funding.
Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said:
“Renfrewshire’s town and neighbourhood parks are at the heart of their local communities. The council is bringing forward an investment programme which reflects their importance and continuing relevance in regeneration and environmental improvements as well as their traditional role as areas for play or relaxation. We have plans in place that deliver investment in improved facilities, paths, drainage and play areas. And we are confident that this is just the start of further investment as we look to bring in extra funding from national organisations.”
Elected members will consider the plans at a council summit next week with Barshaw Park in Paisley and Roberston Park in Renfrew both set to receive £1m if the plans get the nod.
The rest of the £250,000 will be split between:
-Thomas Shanks Park, Johnstone
-Barwood Park, Erskine
-Houston Road Public Park, Bridge of Weir
-Howwood Public Park, and Kilbarchan Public Park.
Councillor Devine added:
“We have already seen an excellent example of what we are aiming to achieve in the transformation of Knockhill Park in Renfrew, and the restoration of the Grand Fountain in Fountain Gardens, Paisley. There we saw determined and committed local groups working with the council and other partners to secure funding and develop masterplans which were imaginative and achievable. The benefit of the council’s new proposals is that we have plans in place for funding over the next year or two and are ready to consult further on additional developments as new external funding is secured.”
Plans already drawn up for the £1m investment in Barshaw Park include improvements to paths and drainage and the installation of new play equipment.
Robertson Park in Renfrew will benefit from £1million investment in upgraded roads and paths and improved play facilities.
If the proposals are approved on September 29, improvement work could begin at the flagship Robertson and Barshaw Parks in early 2017 with improvements at the five neighbourhood parks starting in spring 2017.