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A report on the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, co-authored by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council, has praised the work of Clyde Gateway.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy Final Evaluation Report, published today, outlines the progress that has been made across all aspects of legacy with one section dedicated to the impact on the lives of residents living in the East End. It includes an analysis and assessment of Clyde Gateway, itself launched six weeks after the Games were awarded to Glasgow back in 2008, and in whose hands were placed the task of driving forward the bid commitment that the sports event would be a catalyst for wider regeneration in the East End of the city.

The conclusion is that ‘strong progress has already been made’ with particular praise given to the ‘effectiveness of the approach’ undertaken by Clyde Gateway, including ‘first class partnership working, collaboratively with partner organisations and the communities’.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway said: “It is very satisfying that the legacy report has acknowledged the sterling efforts we have undertaken over the past decade.

“From the outset, we promised Clyde Gateway would be a whole new approach to regeneration, one in which social and economic improvements would be as equally important as any physical change. We also said local people would be at the very heart of all of our activities, guaranteeing that their main priorities for change and transformation would be sitting at the top of our agenda.

“There was an understandable scepticism in the early days, with many local people having bitter memories of broken promises under previous regeneration efforts in the 1970s and 80s. We were able to overcome this by delivering immediately on job, training and apprenticeship opportunities, by supporting ordinary people who were doing extraordinary things across our communities and by focussing on key projects such as bringing the Olympia back into life and attracting major new employers, such as Community Safety Glasgow and Police Scotland, to the area.”

The report highlights a number of key achievements for Clyde Gateway including:-

– the remediation of 239 hectares of derelict and contaminated land

– the completion of 63,664 square metres of business floor space

– the construction of 2,456 residential units

– the creation of 5,106 new jobs for the area, of which 1,103 (22%) were filled by local people

– the participation of 4,665 people in community engagement events

The report also states ‘ensuring residents can see and feel the regeneration effort continuing in the years post-Games will be critical’, a view shared by Ian Manson. He said, “The extent of progress has been welcomed by everyone but it shouldn’t be forgotten that there is still much to be done. We are only halfway through what is a 20-year programme of activity but, thanks to the continued pledged support of our partners and the Scottish Government, there is a real determination to maintain the momentum and to continue to meet the expectations of the community.

“The report identifies there is a synergy between the Scottish Government’s focus on inclusive economic growth and Clyde Gateway’s approach to regeneration, particularly in providing access to good jobs for local people. We will be unstinting in our efforts to bring further new employment to the area over the coming months and years but we will also be tackling issues, such as health and mental well-being, which prevent many people from being in the best possible position to take advantage of these opportunities.

“We are very much on course to deliver a legacy that will be every bit as world-class and memorable as the Games were themselves”

Published Date: 3rd April 2018
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