Glasgow City Council's Executive Committee today (27 October) approved funding of £180,000 to create a community centre in the Oatlands area of the city.
The sum will be given to Oatlands Development Trust to deliver and manage the community centre, which will be located beside the B-listed St Margaret's Church.
The new community centre will serve a community which has seen more than 700 new homes built in recent years, with this total rising to around 1400 by 2022.
As part of the Oatlands Regeneration Agreement, the developer - Avant Homes - will pay £500,000 towards the building of the community centre. The remainder of this ring-fenced sum will be used as match funding towards a future, larger, facility to be delivered once the regeneration of Oatlands is complete.
Councillor George Redmond, Executive Member for Jobs, Business and Investment at Glasgow City Council, said: "The people of Oatlands will soon have new facility which will meet the needs of the neighbourhood as it grows and develops. Once the regeneration of the area is complete, the local community can look forward to a larger centre which will play a key role in the life of Oatlands."
In the original masterplan for the area, it was envisaged that the former St Margaret's Church might be converted into a community centre, under the auspices of the Oatlands Development Trust. This proposal was found to be too expensive in capital and revenue costs to be viable.
It is proposed that an interim facility be provided there using some of Avant's £500,000 contribution and the remainder be set aside for use as match funding for a future larger facility. This to be considered once the future of St Margaret's has been determined and this regeneration project has reached maturity.