Communities are investing in green spaces after banking cash from Renfrewshire Council.

More than £120,000 is being made available from the Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund for four projects in Johnstone, Bridge of Weir and Renfrew.

A grant of £50,000 has been given to Spateston Tenants and Residents Association to update their local play park and kick-start their ‘Place Plan,’ which aims to create a new community hub and gardens.

Also in Johnstone, Sandyflats Tenants and Residents Association have been awarded £50,000 to radically redesign their play park and create more inclusive equipment for children of all ages, as well as looking at the potential for a community garden.

Bridge of Weir Community Council have been successful with an application for £12,000 that will see a playhouse installed at Horsewood Road Park and a new slide and activity boards in Lintwhite Park.

There is also a £10,000 grant for the Friends of Knockhill Park, in Renfrew, to upgrade the green space’s main paths in a bid to encourage more leisure activities.

Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire’s communities, housing and planning policy board, said: “We are investing in the ideas and the enthusiasm of our local community groups and volunteers by helping them to make the difference they recognise is needed for their area.

“Young people are set to have more play opportunities than ever and our green spaces are becoming even more enticing places for local people and families to visit.

“It’s amazing to see the projects that people are bringing forward.”

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