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Clyde Gateway has agreed to spend £2.34 million to provide a new facility within Cuningar Loop Woodland Park.

Work will now get underway on the technical design for a Bothy and Tur, to be constructed in land close to the Downiebrae Road entrance to the park, with the aim of having construction get underway in September 2019 and opening in June 2020.

The Bothy will be a gathering place which brings together local communities, groups and visitors in a forest building. It will include The Living Room (a multi-functional gathering space), a Community Kitchen (which has the ability to operate as a commercially-operated café), a book-exchange Library, toilets and showers, and a community garden.

The Tur (tower) will be a viewing platform located close to the Bothy allowing visitors to take in expansive views over the park, accessed via a ramp climbing through the tree canopy.

Planning permission was granted by South Lanarkshire Council in January 2019, and the project can now proceed thanks to the Scottish Government providing support of £950,000 through its Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, with the £1.39m balance being met by Clyde Gateway, although discussions are underway with Forestry Enterprise Scotland (FES), as the managers of Cuningar Loop, in the hope that they will make a financial contribution to the costs.

Robert McLeary, the South Lanarkshire community representative on the Board of Clyde Gateway:-

“Cuningar Loop has been a huge success since it first opened. Clyde Gateway and Forestry Enterprise Scotland have undertaken public consultations with park users which identified a need for the provision of toilets and changing facilities and some closer car parking.

We opened a 41-space car park last June and we have been giving some very serious thought to addressing the other issues, coming up with the idea of the Bothy and Tur as being of substance and in keeping with our ambitions for the continued development of Cuningar Loop.

We have been trying to find sources of funding to allow it to happen and it is great news that the Scottish Government has made such a generous award of £950,000 to enable a package to come together. It would be wonderful if the forestry body was also to come on board as any contribution from them would free up money for Clyde Gateway to spend on other projects in the community.

This is going to be an eye-catching building, and the Tur will be highly visible from all points. It will be a perfect addition to Cuningar Loop and all being well, should be open and in use by the summer of 2020.”

Published Date: 12th March 2019
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