Posted Friday September 06, 2019 by Melissa Reilly

Lanark is to benefit from a share of a £2.5million fund, aimed at revitalising town centres across South Lanarkshire.

Lanark will host two projects, with the Royal Oak being demolished and rebuilt for commercial and social rented housing use, and the demolition of a building at Hunters Close to improve space for parking and enhance the ability to hold events through improved access.

Lanark’s project proposals were submitted by Lanark Community Development Trust with support from Discover Lanark BID. Out of the five projects submitted for Lanark, two have been successful in receiving funding.

Hunter’s Close Car Park in Lanark will be improved for parking and events

Sylvia Russell, Chairman of Lanark Community Development Trust, said: “The aim of Lanark Community Development Trust’s ‘Lanark Vision’ strategy is to enable Lanark to fulfil its potential through a range of strategic projects designed to improve the town centre, drive visitor footfall and create a positive brand image for Lanark.”

“We are delighted to have been successful in gaining funds to deliver two transformational projects in Lanark which will remove two prominent ‘eyesores’ and re-purpose the town’s centre to become more diverse, successful and sustainable.”

Graeme McLeish, Chairman of Discover Lanark, said: “Many people in Lanark have regarded The Royal Oak as an eyesore for some time. The Discover Lanark Board were delighted to hear that the conversion of the Royal Oak to social housing scored highest of all the South Lanarkshire projects seeking funding.

“Town improvements are a fundamental part of Discover Lanark’s business plan and we were happy to work with Lanark Community Development Trust in choosing projects suitable for consideration.”

“We believe the result clearly shows what can be achieved when town groups work together.”

“Discover Lanark is also working with the Rotary Club of Lanark to renovate Lanark’s High Street Closes, a considerable amount of work has already been completed and we hope to have new lighting installed in all closes by end of 2019.”

The Town Centre funding will assist ten projects in South Lanarkshire after the allocation process was opened up for groups in all parts of the council area to make their case for a share of the Town Centre Capital Grant Fund.

The council’s Community and Enterprise Committee approved the selection of the 10 projects that were successful from the 26 who had applied, and agreed the recommendations of the amounts to be granted to each.

The Committee Chair, Councillor John Anderson, said: “We had a tremendous response to this from groups right across South Lanarkshire, and there was a huge amount of thought and creativity put into the bids.”

“Inevitably, some will be disappointed, but it may well be that there are other ways some of them can be helped. There was a finite amount of money and the officers put a great deal of work into a very organised process to determine the ten successful projects, and we are excited about the way that these will make a really positive impact on communities in a range of areas.”

The successful projects will share a fund of £2,506,000 from a Scotland-wide fund of £50m that was allocated to invest in town centres.

Further information about Lanark Community Development Trust is available here.

Lanark is currently nominated as a finalist in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the Great British High Street Awards. Online voting is open until 7th October at www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/high-street-of-the-year-awards/rising-star-lanark

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