Shawlands lights

SHAWLANDS will be sparkling after receiving funding of £25,000 for street lights.

Moss-side Road is being hailed as the gateway to the town centre and has been earmarked for a new lighting project.

Funding for the scheme is being split between Pollokshields area committee and Langside area committee.

The work, which will transform the front of Shawlands Academy, will see new lighting put up, artwork installed on the school railings and new trees planted.

Karen Gorman, development officer at Glasgow city council, told The Extra: "A working group, consisting of the school and GCC, will meet next month to discuss what the final plans are.

"There will then be workshops with the school so they can contribute to the details of it.

"We want to make it a gateway, to highlight it and open the building up to people.

"It is a community centre, not just a school, and we want to

make it more accessible and appealing".

The southsider also confirmed the plans are to be carried as soon as possible.

The project came about following the Shawlands town centre survey that identified brightening the centre as a priority.

This particular scheme aims to promote art, culture and creativity and is backed by Shawlands and Strathbungo community council.

Its chairman, Scott Mackay, told The Extra: "This is the first step on rejuvinating the area. It is a great idea and will make that road in particular more accessible".

Local councillor David Meikle is on the Pollokshields area committee that approved its 12,500 funding.

He told The Extra: "The front of the school and wider street is poorly lit at present. It is hoped the scheme will transform the street into an attractive, safe route into the town centre.

"There will be window blinds extending outwards put in that students will work on to make them backlit.

"And money will also go towards the creation of a public art gallery in the front of the school".