Game on for £250m regeneration plans in North Glasgow – East Dunbartonshire MP urges locals to rally round

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AMBITIOUS plans for a major £250million development in a deprived North Glasgow community have taken another leap forward.

Glasgow City Council’s executive committee has approved the next step of the accelerated regeneration of Sighthill.

The plans will now include the repositioning of Sighthill Park as part of the greenspace network within the masterplan for the area.

In September last year the committee approved a report on the proposed acceleration of the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) because of the bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Glasgow.

Sighthill is the preferred location for the athletes’ village if Glasgow’s bid is successful – the decision will be announced on July 4.

The £250million masterplan for the area – whether or not the 2018 bid is successful – will see 700 new homes and a new school campus, with training facilities, built.

Within the masterplan is an aspiration to reposition Sighthill Park by providing a new improved green space network throughout the area, connecting Sighthill Cemetery in the north to the city centre via a land bridge across the M8.

Council leader Gordon Matheson, said: “The plans for Sighthill could release the vast potential of the north side of the city centre and will improve the lives of the local community.

“Our preparations for the Commonwealth Games have already delivered a huge legacy in the form of economic, environmental and social benefits, and irrespective of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games decision next month, we will be left with a huge legacy in the masterplan for Sighthill.”

However, the plans have not gone down well with some residents as it’s proposed to demolish the remaining two remaining multi-storey blocks in Pinkston.

Meanwhile, the astronomically-aligned Sighthill Stone Circle is also under threat and a campaign was launched at the end of last year to save it.

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has urged people to back the bid for the games.

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