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Plans are gearing up to build a new recreational facility near to ‘The Venny’ (Glencassels Community Development Project) in the Craigneuk area of Wishaw for the benefit of the local community.

North Lanarkshire Council has been awarded £200,000 of funding from the Scottish Government’s Vacant and Derelict Land Fund to transform the site area behind the railway line into a vibrant community resource.

And members of the local community are being encouraged to get involved to ensure the success of the project.

The Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) will deliver the project, which will also include improvements to the woodland and paths in Wishawhill Wood.

The new recreational facility is aimed at providing the whole community, but in particular teenagers and young people, with a valuable space, and current plans feature a bike track with the possibility of a pump track as well.

Cllr Kaye Harmon, Convener of Motherwell Local Area Partnership, said: “I would encourage local people to get involved and have their say on this positive development.  Through original consultations undertaken by “Action for Craigneuk” the community advised that teenagers felt they had little to do.  This cycle track and pathways will give young people great access to their own outdoor space.”

CSGNT is hosting a series of public consultations to ensure there is interest and demand for the bike track and that the best possible facility is created to meet the needs and aspirations of the community. 

Mike Batley, Development Officer at CSGNT, said: “This project is a fantastic opportunity to create a vibrant community resource for the benefit of young people, as well as the wider community, and we are keen to talk to as many local people as possible about the current plans.”

Initially, two discussion sessions will take place at:

Adjacent to “The Venny” at the railway bridge
Tuesday 23rd August, 2pm-5pm

Berryhill Primary School
Thursday 25th August, 1pm-4pm

There will be feedback and further community involvement following on from these discussions, with the opportunity to be involved in the design and delivery of this project alongside associated events and art projects.

A positive community response to the project will see delivery by spring 2017.

For further information about the project, please contact Mike Batley at CSGNT on 01501 824 794 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..