Glasgow is set to pocket almost £15 million to invest in a local community. 

The council will receive the funds to improve connectivity, and retail opportunities and boost the local economy in Drumchapel's town centre.

A plan, titled Regenerating Drumchapel Town Centre, will breathe new life into the local high street by improving community facilities, building new housing and better walking and cycling routes which can connect the local shops to new dedicated greenspaces. 

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Council leader Susan Aitken welcomed the fund, saying: "The success of this bid is testament to the hard work of officers, local members and the whole community – and their ambition for Drumchapel. 

"I’m confident the project will secure real economic, environmental and social benefits by delivering enhanced community facilities, better connected local shops and services, and enable new housing and greenspace.”

Meanwhile, South Lanarkshire Council is being given £14.6 million which will go towards the regeneration of the Shawfield National Business District

The nearby Polmadie Burn will also be developed so that the Glasgow Riverside Innovation District Campus can be relocated there, boosting employment and education for the community. 

The investment forms part of the government's Levelling Up Fund, which will see over £122 million being put into improving towns and cities across the whole of Scotland

Levelling Up secretary Michael Gove said: “Levelling Up means delivering local people’s priorities and bringing transformational change in communities that have, for too long, been overlooked and undervalued.

 “Today we are backing 55 projects across the UK with £1 billion to create new jobs and opportunities, power economic growth, and revitalise local areas. 

“This funding sits alongside our wider initiatives to spread growth, through devolving more money and power out of Westminster to towns and cities, putting in place bespoke interventions to places that need it most, and our long-term plan for towns.” 

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack added: "It's fantastic news that these six locally developed projects in north, central and southern Scotland have been given the go-ahead.  

“Sharing £122 million UK Government funding, they will transform communities through improvements such as better, greener transport infrastructure and connectivity, regeneration of buildings and land and creation of education, business and employment opportunities.  

"Our levelling up commitment to communities across Scotland so far stands at almost £2.7 billion.

"We are focused on working with local partners to deliver the change that the country needs to put the UK on the right path for the future." 

The new investments build on the £343 million already awarded to Scotland in previous funding rounds, bringing Scotland’s total Levelling Up Fund to £465 million. 

The funds being distributed to two local areas has been welcomed by Scottish Conservative MSP Annie Wells.

Ms Wells said: “This is great news for two crucial local projects.

“The UK Government has proved yet again that it is committed to its levelling up agenda through two very significant investments.

“This money will make a great deal of difference for people and businesses in and around the Glasgow region.

“And it is another dividend for Glasgow proving yet again why we are better off as part of a strong and successful United Kingdom.”