Future generations leave their mark

Pupils from 7 schools across Barrhead & Neilston celebrating
Pupils from 7 schools across Barrhead & Neilston celebrating

Seven primary schools across Barrhead and Neilson have created a collection of words and phrases explaining what Barrhead Foundry means to them, now displayed on paving stones in the newly opened carpark and walkway.

East Renfrewshire Council invited children from; Carlibar Primary, Cross Arthurlie Primary, Neilston Primary, Springhill and Auchenback Primary, St. John’s Primary, St. Mark’s Primary and St. Thomas’ Primary along to watch the paving stones being laid into the ground at a small ceremony on 12 May. Each school was presented with a certificate by Councillor Mary Montague, Convener for Community Services and Community Safety who commented:“We are delighted with the inspiring entries received from primary schools across Barrhead and Neilston, helping to highlight the importance of Barrhead Foundry to our future generation.

“Twelve winning entries were chosen by the board of the East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust and included motivating statements such as:

‘Grow your business, grow your strength, grow your mind’

‘Young or old, boy or girl, words can change the world’

‘Live with leisure, live with love, love with community.’ “

Convener for infrastructure and sustainable growth Cllr Tony Buchanan commented: “This work builds on East Renfrewshire Council’s award winning regeneration efforts in Barrhead, recognising the importance of town centres and demonstrating our continued commitment to making Barrhead a better place to live and do business.

“Development contributions from Asda and the town centre resilience fund have enabled the Council to deliver this project to a high specification and improve Barrhead Main Street as an important destination for local residents.”

The enhanced car park now offers 95 parking spaces including disabled, parent and child, electric car charging, motorcycle and a dedicated bike shed for cyclists. Attractive landscaping and lighting areas help to transform this section of Barrhead Main Street and have greatly improved the pedestrian linkages and integration of both Asda and the Barrhead Foundry into the town centre.

As part of East Renfrewshire Council’s commitment to building strong and sustainable partnerships with businesses, a number of community benefits were realised as part of this project. These included; a construction talk with a local school, support of a local sports club and a work placement which has led to a permanent job for a young person.