News 11

New homes take shape

ALMOST 50 new affordable homes are taking shape in the latest phase of a major GHA regeneration project in the south side.

The £4.7 million development will see 47 new modern and energy-efficient flats for social rent at Shawbridge in Pollokshaws. It is the latest phase in the

Theatre group is talk of the Toon

A YOUTH theatre group supported by GHA is holding drama workshops across the city. Toonspeak, which offers

free theatre and arts activities for young people aged 11-25, is supported by GHA’s North West Area

Committee. The group is running weekly

drop-in drama workshops in Royston, Sighthill, Summerston and Townhead. They also have a writing

project featuring workshops with comedian Viv Gee and author Chris Dolan.

For more information, phone 552 0234 or email Pictured are Brogan

Evans and Dean Bruchart rehearsing for Toonheid Speaks, a weekly drama workshop in Townhead Village Hall.

Area Committees help green space blossom

GHA’s Area Committees are improving communities and making green spaces blossom.

In Summerston, in the NORTH WEST, GHA

is creating a new green space to improve the area’s appearance, cut crime and boost safety. Old and overgrown plants will be taken

away, and the area will be re-turfed and given new topsoil. The £83,000 project will also address concerns about safety, with new steps and handrails installed in the area. Work will also be carried out on the garden area of Crathie Court, in Partick. Old tree stumps will be taken away, shrubs cut back and new plants will be put in. Meanwhile, at Clarion Road and Archerhill Road, old and diseased trees will be removed, paving replaced as well as new benches and new handrails put in, as part of a £33k project. Hundreds of tenants in the NORTH EAST

enjoyed colourful gala days and parades, pictured, at Cranhill, Ruchazie and Garthamlock over the summer. Entertainment was laid on and people learned about GHA services and apprenticeship opportunities. The committee is also planning

environmental and safety improvements in the north east. Bellrock Street Car Park is in line for a revamp,

as are backcourts in Riddrie Knowes and outdoor spaces at Ardgay. New CCTV cameras are also planned for Sandyhills. In the SOUTH, backcourts at Kinnell Crescent

in Cardonald will benefit from resurfaced paths, new fencing and new turf, while new fencing will be installed in Dowancraig Road, Castlemilk, and shrubs there will be cleared away. Improvements will also be

carried out in Doonfoot Road and Lochlea Road in Auldhouse, including providing new

recycling facilities for residents. The committee also agreed to help

youngsters at Mosspark Primary School build a wildlife garden, including a fence to increase safety. Walls in the backcourts at Whithope Terrace in South Nitshill are to be upgraded and fences painted and paths resurfaced, while broken bin stores will be removed and back and front court areas improved in Devol Crescent, Brockburn Crescent and Brockburn Road in Pollok.

A TENANT in Castlemilk celebrated a landmark birthday recently.

Annie McIlraith, of Arnprior

Road, celebrated her 100th birthday in August. Annie is pictured with housing officer Debbie Moore, who presented her with a bouquet of flowers, and the telegram Annie received from the Queen.

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regeneration of the area, after 93 new homes for social rent were built on Riverford Road two years ago, and, last year, two tenement blocks in Shawbridge Street were fully refurbished as 40 mid-market rent flats. The latest new homes are due to be finished in early 2017.

Plans outlined for Ibrox area

GHA has outlined plans to build new homes in the Ibrox area. Plans have been lodged

for 152 new homes in Hinshelwood Drive – 116 for social rent and 36 for mid- market rent. Work is scheduled to start on site early next year, with the homes expected to be complete by early 2019.

100th birthday celebration

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