clyde gateway




Aileen Campbell MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities, toured the Clyde Gateway area on Friday 7 June.

Visits to Glasgow Women’s Library and the Healthy’n’Happy Community Development Trust, with the latter involving a chat over coffee with the members of the Clyde Gateway Community Committee (pictured above), book-ended a tour in which the Cabinet Secretary was able to see the extent of the progress over recent years and the ambitions for future development.

Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said:”We have always been keen to work closely with the various government ministers whose portfolios of responsibilities include our activities, and it was really pleasing to be able to host this particular visit.

“The Cabinet Secretary was genuinely interested to see the extent of the physical changes that have been achieved all across the area but there is no doubt that the most rewarding and important aspect was to hear directly from the members of the Community Committee, to the extent that she was willing to extend her visit by an extra half-hour in order that the discussions could be as wide-ranging as possible.”

Robert McLeary, who represents the Rutherglen community on the Clyde Gateway Board, was one of seven local residents to have a chat with Ms Campbell. He said:”The Cabinet Secretary was very knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm for what Clyde Gateway was doing but I think she was taken a little bit by surprise as to the extent of genuine and widespread support there is out there across the communities.

“It would be fair to say that all of us who sit on the Community Committee are veterans in terms of our involvement in local activities in some shape or other. We collectively feel that Clyde Gateway is an exemplar when it comes to meaningful engagement and consultation, which certainly can be seen from the fact that all of their work and efforts are in line with our hopes and aspirations.

“It is really satisfying, from the community’s perspective, to be given the opportunity to speak to such senior politicians in this way and to be able to emphasise our support for Clyde Gateway and that we want the long-term task of transforming the area to be completed in the years ahead.”

Published Date: 10th June 2019
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