Change takes root in Eaglesham

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A NEW group of community activists are hoping to improve the appearance of Eaglesham.

TREE (The Regeneration of Eaglesham’s Environment) are applying for money from the Whitelee Windfarm Fund to help the building of a plant bed in spring next year.

Ann McNair, who is spearheading the project, told The Extra: “We hope that as people see something tangible, the project will gain momentum and we can move on to further improvements in other parts of the village.

“We are a small group of local people but we hope to make a difference and encourage others to get involved”.

The raised plant bed is planned for the corner of Glasgow and Humbie roads.

The group are raising money to supplement their efforts through several events, including an Enid Reid evening planned for November 15 in the Eglinton Arms Hotel.

Earlier this year, in May, the group hosted a successful Clean the Village day.

The Whitelee Windfarm Fund is eligible to any project within a 5km zone from the wind farm.

Those who have no need for the full £20,000 minimum amount available from the fund are able to apply for a small grants fund, with £10,000 being set aside for this per year.

East Renfrewshire coucnil’s environment convener, Vincent Waters, commented: “The windfarm panel is fully if not over-subscribed every year which is a testament to how popular it is with local organisations.

“ My hope is that is that as many organisations as possible benefit. Ideally, they will be able to provide match funding”.

The Giffnock and Thornliebank SNP councillor continued: “Across the board you can see the positive effects, particularly in Eaglesham but across East Renfrewshire as well.

“The multi-use games area on Eaglesham and the scout hall are prime examples of things which have been made possible by the Whitelee Windfarm Fund”.