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Round 2 Green Infrastructure projects getting ready to go!

Following the announcement of the successful Round 2 projects on 22 March, the Green Infrastructure Team is meeting with the successful project teams.  On Thursday, Iain Rennick, Head of the Green Infrastructure Fund team and Elana Bader, GI Project & Funding Officer, met with Southside Housing Association in Glasgow to get their project underway.

Iain said: “We’re delighted to be working with the Southside Housing Association to deliver this project and all the benefits it will bring to the Cardonald community.   The fact that local people were so involved in developing the project and in its future management was key to our decision to award funding to it.   It is well recognised that improving greenspace in urban areas, not only brings environmental benefits, but also health, economic and social benefits too.  We have a tremendous opportunity through the ERDF funding available to us over the next few years for this project, and other projects around Scotland, to further demonstrate this.”

The open space around the Moss Heights flats and other properties between Craigton Cemetery and Paisley Road West has been an underused resource for decades.   The flats house mainly families, who perceive the area as unattractive and unsafe for their children to use.  The grant award will enable the community to create a community park with new planting and paths and, by removing the access road in front of the paths, safe play facilities separated from cars.

Dorothy Murray, Southside Housing Association chair, said, “This is fantastic news for Cardonald. The area in Halfway has been underused and ignored for many years and this money will help the community transform it into a valuable and safer space for local families.  We look forward to working with the local community and the City Council to create the Halfway Community Park and make it a vibrant inclusive asset for future generations.”