Clyde Gateway (Funding)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 9th June 2016.

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Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

7. To ask the Scottish Government whether the Clyde Gateway project will continue to receive core funding. (S5O-00027)

Photo of Kevin Stewart Kevin Stewart Scottish National Party

Yes—the Scottish Government has agreed to provide £3 million of funding to Clyde Gateway over the current financial year. Further support is being considered as part of the current spending review.

Photo of Clare Haughey Clare Haughey Scottish National Party

I thank the cabinet secretary for his answer.

Contaminated land is an unwelcome legacy in my constituency because of the area’s industrial past. Can the cabinet secretary give an assurance that the Clyde Gateway project will receive funding to allow it to continue its land decontamination work in the Shawfield area of Rutherglen?

Photo of Kevin Stewart Kevin Stewart Scottish National Party

I thank Ms Haughey for the promotion to cabinet secretary, but I think that such a further promotion in just a few weeks is highly unlikely. [

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Since 2006, South Lanarkshire Council, which is a key partner in the Clyde Gateway project, has benefited from more than £17 million in funding through the vacant and derelict land fund. The council has allocated more than £5 million of that funding to Clyde Gateway to support the remediation of the Shawfield site in Rutherglen.

Officials are currently assessing South Lanarkshire Council’s proposals for allocating its share of the vacant and derelict land fund in 2016-17, and a decision will be issued in due course. Officials are also working closely with Clyde Gateway to seek further investment and funding opportunities to support the project’s activities.