Funding boost for Copperworks land development plans

Copperworks HACopperworks Housing Association (CHA) is to breathe new life into an area of Glasgow thanks to a cash injection from the Scottish Land Fund.

The Association has been awarded £419,000 to develop the urban landscape of Royston, a district in the north of the city.

CHA plans to convert currently neglected areas of land into community green space areas.

These locations are intended to be utilised for leisure, recreation and wellbeing activities.

With the help of local backing, CHA also aims to purchase an open space at Millburn Street’s “triangle site” – as well as a smaller second site opposite the Millburn Centre.

CHA director Fiona Murphy told The National: “Copperworks Housing Association is absolutely delighted to have been awarded funding to purchase this site which has been a blight on our community for many years now.

“It is fantastic that we can bring this land back into local ownership and we are excited at the prospect of future regeneration, in consultation with local people.”

Her enthusiasm was matched by John Watt of the Scottish Land Fund Committee who acknowledged that putting the land in the hands of the community will allow locals to determine how the sites are developed and for what purpose.

He said: “This project, based in the heart of Royston, has the potential to transform two neglected pieces of land into spaces that local people can be proud of.

“By owning the land, they will have more control over their own futures and will have a greater say on how these areas are developed for community use.”

The project is one of 11 similar schemes across Scotland that shared roughly £2.1 million of Scottish Land Fund money.

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