Residents back £4.5m revival

Eary  2008 Evening times                       BACK

A £4.5million plan to transform a derelict 300-year-old Glasgow building has won overwhelming backing from locals. Fairfield Farmhouse in Govan is at the centre of proposals to develop new community facilities. More than 80% voted in favour of regenerating the dilapidated structure in Elder Park in a consultation of 1000 residents and workers.

Now Linthouse Urban Village, the organisation heading up the project, will canvass businesses and youth groups in the area interested in being part of the development. LUV, part of Linthouse Housing Association, has identified two potential partners – homeless charity Glasgow City Mission and the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine. The city mission, based in Elderpark Workspace, is interested in running a family centre on the site to offer affordable childcare. The herbal school, currently on Holmfauld Road in Linthouse, is a non-profit enterprise which teaches holistic medicine.

…”The main thing is to get the derelict part of the park – the farmhouse – used again. “We don’t want to see this fine B-listed building disappear. The next stage is to find organisations that would be included in the development.” LUV has been awarded £200,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop its proposal — which would cost at least £4.5m – before taking it to Glasgow City Council which owns the house and park. Communities Scotland gave LUV £30,000 to carry out the consultation which showed that as well as nursery and educational facilities, a concern was providing activities for young people.

…”We will be approaching youth groups and associations in the area with a view to being involved in the development.” A council spokesman said: “We are aware of the ongoing development proposals and the recent consultation. “However, we have to reserve our judgment until we see what the final proposal will be.”