Rutherglen could benefit from a new Scottish government scheme aimed at accelerating funding for infrastructure projects.

The plans came after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced an additional £100m of funding for this financial year.

The financial package is aimed at speeding up the delivery of health and other infrastructure projects, as well as establishing a new service to provide information and support to businesses affected by the EU referendum.

Jim Clark of Clyde Gateway said: “Clyde Gateway has been in contact (with the government) and submitted a number of bids for the area, including Shawfield and Rutherglen, for consideration for the funding.

“We previously delivered more than £20 million worth of ‘shovel ready’ projects back in 2012, so we have a strong track record to offer the government and we believe we are in a good position to support inclusive growth and ensure the capital growth reaches those most in need.”

Shawfield has been earmarked as the site for a new national business district.

Millions of pounds have been spent clearing much of the land of contaminated waste while a bridge has been installed to link the area with Dalmarnock Train Station.

Clyde Gateway’s proposals have been backed by South Lanarkshire Council.

South Lanarkshire Council head of planning and economic development Pauline Elliott said: “The council are fully supportive of the proposals being put forward by the Clyde Gateway to the Scottish Government and await the outcome of the decision making process.

“Funding of this type will help maintain the momentum built up over the course of recent years and assist in bringing forward the development of key sites in the area.”

Clare Haughey won the Rutherglen constituency, which also covers Blantyre.

MSP Clare Haughey expressed her delight at the government proposals: “Nicola Sturgeon has been clear that the Scottish Government will pursue all possible options to protect Scotland’s relationship with the EU.

“However, in the meantime, we must do all we can to ensure that our economy doesn’t suffer, hitting jobs and investment in Rutherglen and across the country.

“It’s up to the UK Government to match the Scottish Government’s ambition and begin fixing this mess of their own making.

“Theresa May must take meaningful action to alleviate uncertainty and announce a UK-wide stimulus, allowing the Scottish Government to do even more to secure jobs in Rutherglen, Cambuslang and beyond.”

Source: Daily Record

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