PLANS for a new community hub in Milton was met with joy from residents.

A new hub – still at its very early stages – is tipped to be built on the site of the former St Ambrose Primary School in Stornoway Street, which now lies vacant.

It is hoped that the hub, which would see a number of services based in the one building, such as a youth service, voluntary opportunities and family support services as well as a base for the Glasgow Caledonian University’s Common Good scheme, will improve residents’ access to vital amenities currently lacking in the area.

Marina Costello of Love Milton, a group which hopes to use the facility once built, was delighted by the news and said: “It has been needed in the area for years.”

Professor Stephen Webb, at Glasgow Caledonian University, said the hub would give people "valuable resources they have not had before".

He added: "It will be an open space for students, researchers, service users and practitioners to use and to develop specialist community programmes to benefit the area directly."

The council last year secured £800,000 in funding for the project after backing a bid from North United Communities. A council spokesman said community hubs were being introduced across the city and that the Milton site would aid the area’s regeneration.