£231,000 for St Bride's Centre, Douglas

THE Clydesdale area will benefit from nearly half a million pounds of European Regional Development Fund cash.

Douglas-based St Bride's Community Group Centre will receive 235,546 to support the redevelopment of St Bride's Hall, while a range of rural business sites in South Lanarkshire will benefit from 231,638.

"We are chuffed to the gutties to get this money," said St Bride's committee chair Sinclair Scott.

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"We want this money to pay for a new gym in St Bride's Hall, with showers and other facilities."

St Bride's Hall, a community centre staffed by South Lanarkshire Council and run by a local volunteer management committee, comprises a main hall, two meeting rooms, a computer suite, larder and toilets.

St Bride's group co-ordinator Iain Waller said the re-development plan includes provision for childcare facilities, which would allow adults to access activities in the centre while their kids are being safely looked after.

He added: "We have made a bid for further funding and we should have that in place by the end of May.

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"Hopefully building work at the hall will start in the autumn and last for six months."

Explaining how the additional 231,638 of funding for Clydesdale will be spent, a South Lanarkshire Council spokesman said: "We are investigating a number of options in the rural area to enhance the business infrastructure."

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