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March 17 2016

Chancellor offers £5m grant to make Helensburgh leisure centre a reality
Chancellor George Osborne has used his budget statement to confirm that the UK will pump £5m into a pier head leisure centre in Helensburgh for use by the public and members of the armed forces.

Part of Hoskins Architects Pierhead Waterfront master plan the £17m scheme will include a ‘landmark’ swimming pool and leisure centre alongside new shops, a café and a series of public realm enhancements when it opens in 2019.

This included tentative plans for a Submarine centre.

Osborne said: “We backed the V&A Museum in Dundee, and in response to the powerful case made by Ruth Davidson (Scottish Conservative leader), we are providing new community facilities for local people in Helensburgh and the Royal Navy personnel in nearby Faslane, paid for by Libor fines."

The cash has been raised by a series of fines slapped down on some of the country’s biggest banks following the Libor rate fixing scandal, with other schemes to benefit including a £150k regeneration scheme in New Cumnock, East Ayrshire.


#1 Posted by ellah on 18 Mar 2016 at 10:40 AM
Good news! Helensburgh is an amazing little town with loads of potential to be a real destination. I really hope this goes ahead.
Big Chantelle
#2 Posted by Big Chantelle on 18 Mar 2016 at 14:30 PM
Osbint said " in response to the powerful case made by Ruth Davidson (Scottish Conservative leader)".

Oh, so it wiz big Ruth who pure postulated the need for regenerashun. lol. Aye, back ae yer heid. That's riught, becoz the actual elected party in Scotland, the SN sumthing didnae call for regenershaun.............

An it just so happens that the regenerashun is happening near the nukes which nabady in Scotland wants. Gotta have a nice wee waterfront fur the weapons ae mass destruction noo.

Member that Time Glesga held the Commonwealth games in 2014 and member when twice oor Culture Minister Big Shona asked for funding and twice she wiz denied yet when Engurlands Manchester held them in 2002 they received oor £100million ae lottery funding -- uz daft jocks were made tae par fur an England only event.

So excuse me if a dinnae hink this is good enough. Coz it isnae.
Nairn's Bairn
#3 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 20 Mar 2016 at 14:54 PM
While I generally agree with BC's comments regarding bland lazy modern architecture (see other UR news items) I don't think this new 'Weegie Plus' style Chantelle is really working. Time to ease back out of the accent a la Ross from Friends
#4 Posted by Laughing on 21 Mar 2016 at 13:51 PM
BC is imploding into a caricature of its uneducated self: “Waah wah wah wah hingmy wa wa isnae wah wah wah wah oooor wah wa wa wa wa wa waaaaaaaa…"
Gamma Ray
#5 Posted by Gamma Ray on 24 Mar 2016 at 16:25 PM
I have to agreed with the others in that I'm becoming increasingly bored with the new extreme 'Big Chantelle' character.....Urban Realm, how about doing us all a favour and not approving any further comments from this username?
#6 Posted by RJB on 24 Mar 2016 at 21:23 PM

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