Every Glasgow council area to get £1M boost for infrastructure improvements

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Every one of Glasgow’s 23 council wards is to get an extra £1 million to spend on road resurfacing, lighting, footpaths, drainage repairs and other infrastructure.

Possible ideas on what the total £23 million could be used for in the city’s neighbourhoods will go before local Area Partnership committees from next week for consideration.

Options put forward for Southside Central include £132,000 on Calder Street footways and £60,000 on drainage repairs. In the East Centre ward, suggestions include £90,000 of work on Carntynehall Road and £765,000 on lighting across a number of streets. No decisions have been made yet.

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Councillor Ruairi Kelly, city convener for neighbourhood services and assets said: “We’ve been working closely with community councils, housing associations and residents groups to make sure their views inform this significant investment programme.

“Our staff have taken on board the feedback received from the communities and that has helped us develop a lengthy list of possibilities on where improvements can be made in local neighbourhoods.

The SNP politician added: “Every ward will have their own priorities but each community has the chance to promote major works that will make a big difference to the infrastructure in their area. The choices could be upgrading traffic safety equipment, resurfacing roads and footways or replacing old fashion sodium street lamps across a number of streets or any other of the many options that are available.

“But what is certain is the views of the community are at the heart of this initiative.”

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Community representatives will have a direct say on how the money will be spent and the work is to be carried out over the next two years.

The Neighbourhood Infrastructure Improvement Fund cash comes on top of finance routinely available for “addressing the most pressing infrastructure issues across the city” according to the council.

In total over £65m of investment in public roads, lighting and other infrastructure is planned for the city over the next three years.

Hillhead, East Centre, Southside Central and Baillieston are the first area partnerships due to consider the Neighbourhood Infrastructure Improvement Fund options next week.

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