Raft of infrastructure projects gain council investment



Three more local authorities have approved investment in infrastructure projects as part of newly agreed budget plans.

Falkirk Council is to invest £220 million over the next five years in various infrastructure projects.

Greenlaw Business Centre 

The local authority’s newly agreed budget will see the money committed to extensions to Maddiston Primary School (£4m) and Denny Primary School (£2.2m) as well as further work on the new Denny Eastern Access Road (£4.6m).

Roads maintenance (£19.1m) and road safety schemes (£4.3m) will also be given funding as well as business property reinvestment (£2m), improvements to the Avon Gorge Road (£7.9m) and playpark upgrades (£0.4m).

The council already approved its £280m five-year housing investment in January.

As part of a £29m spend in school buildings, Renfrewshire Council’s budget for this financial year will see four schools - Bishopton Primary; Kirklandneuk Primary, St Anthony’s Primary and Paisley Grammar School - receive an immediate share of £2m to improve their facilities.

A £40m, five-year investment in Renfrewshire roads, cycling routes and pedestrian paths represents the biggest ever investment of its kind.

A further £5.5m will be invested to support regeneration to the south of the Glasgow Airport Investment Area and provide greater economic connectivity between Paisley town centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.

East Renfrewshire Council announced details of significant investment worth a total of £212m in a range of infrastructure projects.

These projects include new nurseries, schools and improved leisure facilities as well as the first new council houses in the area for a generation. A fresh commitment to spend an extra £15m on the area’s roads was also announced.

The projects include:

  • £24m on five new nurseries in Busby, Clarkston, Eaglesham, Thornliebank and Newton Mearns
  • New £15m-state-of-the-art primary school in Maidenhill, Newton Mearns
  • New £30m leisure and learning campus in Neilston
  • £15m of new money over the next five years to improve roads infrastructure
  • Improved leisure centre in Eastwood
  • New sports pavilions at Crookfur and Overlee worth a total of £1.7m
  • 240 new council houses
  • Greenlaw business centre in Newton Mearns
  • £500,000 over two years to improve CCTV
  • Creating integrated centre of excellence for older people at Bonnyton House care home
  • Investing £2m to deliver Frank’s Law and new Carers’ Act


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