Glasgow MSP wants communities put at heart of regeneration

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Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has welcomed the publication of the Local Government and Regeneration Committees report on the Delivery of Regeneration in Scotland. The Committee, which Ms McTaggart is a member of, sought to identify and examine best practice and limitations in relation to the delivery of regeneration in Scotland.

The inquiry was launched during a fact finding visit in Cumbernauld on 15th January 2013 and a call for evidence was issued which received 80 submissions. Six formal evidence sessions were held and five fact finding visits undertaken. During each visit, members observed local regeneration projects and spoke to members of the community in small round table groups.

The report was launched by the committee in both Glasgow and Aberdeen and made a number of conclusions and recommendations.

Ms McTaggart said “The regeneration and strengthening of our communities is one of the biggest and most important issues facing Scotland today. This inquiry had a specific focus on the community angle of regeneration and how regeneration activity is tackling poverty, decline and inequality of opportunity in areas of deprivation.

The fact finding visits were vital to our work as they gave us the opportunity to speak with local people. This was important as the overriding message of our report was that regeneration must involve the people from the communities it is going to affect, in design of activity through to delivery. It was clear to the Committee that it would only be effective if it was done ‘by’ people and not ‘to’ them.

I am looking forward to the Scottish Governments response to our report and we will then decide what further work is required. It was a pleasure to contribute to this important report and I would like to thank all those who helped in its success.”

The full report can he read here –http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_LocalGovernmentandRegenerationCommittee/Reports/lgr-14-01w.pdf

 

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