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ROUKEN Glen park is set for a new lease of life — and its 100-year-old pavilion is first in line for a makeover.

East Renfrewshire council’s planning applications committee has approved an application for a refurbishment of both the exterior and interior of the pavilion building.

Currently used as a visitor centre and meeting point for community groups, it is hoped that a refurbishment will modernise the facility — and it’s the first step in securing Heritage Lottery funding for the rest of the park.

It was announced in December 2010 that the East Ren park had received a first-round pass from the funding body.

This meant that the park met the criteria for extra cash, allowing the council two years to submit detailed and formal proposals on how the money would be used.

So far plans have included restoring original features such as the walled garden, boating pond and glen path — otherwise known as Lovers’ Walk.

An ERC spokesman confirmed that the pavilion application had this week been approved, and told The Extra that it was estimated to cost £270,000 from a £3 million total from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This will pay for a new roof and timber windows with sliding shutters, as well as an access ramp for fire exits.

The interior is also due for a facelift, with a new reception area as well as meeting and exhibition spaces and a new disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.

The proposals were met with community approval when first announced last year, including support from Friends of Rouken Glen Park.

Approving the planning application, councillor Ian McAlpine commented: “I’m delighted to see an upgrade of the pavilion.

“The park is incredibly popular and an upgraded pavilion, able to welcome more visitors to the area, will make Rouken Glen an even more popular place to visit”.

He added that the upgrade would “modernise the pavilion while sympathetically recognising the historical importance of the building”.

The council spokesman added that ERC have planned a further bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in February, in order to secure the £3m windfall and begin work at Rouken Glen.