Glasgow City Council today (13 June) approved the Built Heritage, Community Asset, Vacant and Derelict Land Asset Plans underpinning the Council’s Property and Land Strategy, and also gave the green light to proposals for the £20million first phase of Community Hubs across the city.
Earlier this year, the council approved its Property and Land Strategy, put in place to ensure the council makes the best use of its substantial estate, the biggest in Glasgow with more than 1,000 operational properties.
These three asset plans will support this strategy, with the Community Asset Plan reflecting the council’s commitment to the greater involvement and empowerment of Glaswegians, the Built Heritage Plan providing a consistent and considered approach to the stewardship of the council’s built heritage, and the Vacant and Derelict Land Plan addressing the potential blight, cost and missed opportunity that vacant and derelict properties and land can represent for both the council and the city.
To deliver Asset Plan objectives, work will now progress to establish what resources are required, targets to be set and the identification of initial priorities for action, communications and engagement arrangements with communities.
The first phase of the city’s Community Hubs is a £20million project which will see the development of six hubs acting as single locations from which multiple council and partner services will be accessed and delivered. These hubs will be in the Bailieston, Calton, Canal, Drumchapel/Anniesland, Greater Pollok and Pollokshields wards.
Alongside this first phase, work will be ongoing to consider what further opportunities exist to establish community hubs in other areas of Glasgow as part of the wider implementation of the council’s Property and Land strategy.
Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The approval of these asset plans is an important step in delivering the council’s Property and Land Strategy, leading to better use of our estate and the regeneration of areas across the city. The strategy also means that the people of the city will have a greater and closer role in how council and partner services are delivered, and the establishment of the first phase of Community Hubs in Glasgow is a great example of this. We can all look forward to the social and economic benefits that the hubs will bring.”
Glasgow City Council’s Property and Land Strategy is available here: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/