Step in the right direction?

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A CASH injection for Shawlands could depend on whether it is turned into a conservation area.

A community appraisal is ongoing on whether to change ths status of Waverley Park and Shawlands Cross — making it similiar to parts of Strathbungo.

If this goes ahead, the area is expected to benefit from increased funding — a decision on which is anticipated by the end of the year.

At the recent public meeting, more than 200 people turned up with the vast majority being in favour of the proposals.

Councillor David Meikle, who is on the Shawlands Town Centre Steering Group, told The Extra: “Local residents have expressed their support to me and I hope the consultation feedback is positive. Certainly at the public meeting there was huge support for it.

“If the conservation area is approved then it will boost the councils application for Heritage funding bringing in additional money to Shawlands which badly needs investment”.

Shawlands and Strathbungo community council chair Andrew Montgomery believes Queen’s Park should be included in the Shawlands Cross area.

He said: “A Shawlands Cross conservation area would allow the council to apply for lottery funding for a Townscape Heritage Initiative.

“This would be additional funding on top of the £3.3m approved by the council in May.

“It is really important that the community are listened to and the community council will be working hard to ensure that local people have a strong say on how their money is spent”.

He continued: “There is a lot that needs to be done in Shawlands.

“We need to look at the quality of lighting and public realm to improve the visual impression that people have of Shawlands.

“One example would be the creation of a new public square outside Langside Halls”.

A Glasgow city council spokesman said: “If successful, the scheme would aim to restore certain listed buildings, improve shopfronts, encourage re-use of vacant property, and develop conservation skills and interpretation of the historic environment.

“During this consultation, the public had the opportunity to influence whether or not the council will progress these proposed designations”.

A £3.3 million makeover of Shawlands over the next five years was announced earlier in 2012 when Glasgow city council approved the town centre action plan.

The executive committee agreed on the scheme in May, following a 2009 public consultation on potential improvements to the area.

The plan recommended upgrades to public spaces, streets, buildings and the role of businesses. The appraisal, which closes tomorrow, is available on the Glasgow city council website.

n Meanwhile, in association with the Shawlands Business Association, there will be free Christmas parking for Shawlands customers on Sundays from 9am till 6pm.