New play area opens in East Renfrewshire

A children’s play area been created at Fairweather Park in Newton Mearns as part of a wider upgrade to the greenspace.

It features a variety of new equipment including a climbing matrix, see-saws, trampolines and a roundabout suitable for wheelchair users.

The park had been highlighted as an area for improvement and further consultation provided local schools, groups and residents with an opportunity have their say on how they wanted the park to look and what facilities to include.

The investment forms part of a larger plan to improve Newton Mearns town centre and links with East Renfrewshire Council’s recent here is home campaign –  which looks to encourage people to shop, explore and have pride in their local area.

The works represent a £130,000 investment, funded by development contributions which were received specifically for the enhancement or provision of active open space in the area. The local authority’s development contributions policy allows contributions to be sought from relevant planning proposals to mitigate the impact any new development may have on local services, infrastructure and facilities.

An additional £230,000 was provided by the Scottish Government’s town centre fund for park infrastructure, including a new pedestrian crossing, picnic benches and paths. Further investment to the town centre from this fund included new intelligent lighting as well as festive winter lighting.

East Renfrewshire Council leader, Tony Buchanan, said, “The upgrade of this park has created a fantastic play area for local residents and visitors to Newton Mearns. Throughout the last eighteen months, outdoor space has been hugely important to us all, providing us with somewhere to get fresh air and exercise and I’m delighted that we have yet another high-quality facility for young people to enjoy. Our town centres will continue to be our focus for regeneration so we can continue to improve accessibility and encourage both locals and visitors to shop, explore and love East Renfrewshire.”