Thursday 31st January 2008
East Kilbride plans retail-led revamp
Plans are in place to revamp a Scottish town centre and provide ample retail and administration jobs in the local area.
Famous for its network of six linked shopping malls that form the centre of East Kilbride, the town could soon be further boosted by a £400 million cash injection, bringing new civic facilities and retail opportunities to the area.
South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) has unveiled plans for council offices, a new healthcare complex and an arts centre, with the blueprint raising the prospects of administration job creation.
Meanwhile retail jobs could also emerge as the council hears proposals from supermarket giants Tesco and Asda, aiming to add to the 250 retail outlets in the existing malls.
Iain Urquhart, SLC's executive director of enterprise resources, told icLanarkshire: "We are committed to improving the quality and diversity of shopping and leisure facilities in East Kilbride town centre.
"We are also committed to providing new civic facilities including council offices and a new and modern healthcare complex."
Parking spaces in the town only a stone's throw from Glasgow could also more than double under the new plans.