Adapting to Brexit – Rutherglen Reformer


Kenneth’s thoughts on EU Referendum in The Rutherglen Reformer 30 June 2016

South Lanarkshire Council has benefited from EU cash amounting to over £32million since 2005 the Reformer can reveal

With Britain now heading out of the European Union, council leader Eddie McAvoy vowed to “We will continue to work within the current arrangements in the best interests of South Lanarkshire.”

According to council figures, EU grant funding of £32,236,347 have been handed to the authority or direct partners in the past 11 years, helping to fund 50 projects.

This money does not include EU grant funding for other groups within the authority.

Among the projects to benefit was the conversion of the old Burgh Primary into a business centre, which received £689,524 from the European Regional Development Fund.

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Councillor McAvoy said: ““It is too early to know exactly what the impact of the UK’s departure from the EU will be for South Lanarkshire. We do not yet know the timetable for departure, never mind what arrangements might be put in place within the UK to replace previous sources of EU funding.

“It is likely to be some time before we have clarity on a way forward. In the meantime the council will continue to work within the current arrangements in the best interests of South Lanarkshire, while developing plans for any changes in the future.”

Clyde Gateway also said it was too early to see if Brexit would discourage new businesses from moving into Rutherglen.

Senior manager of communications and company systems, Jim Clark said: “While it is the case that a number of Clyde Gateway’s regeneration projects such as Red Tree Rutherglen and Phase phase one at Shawfield have attracted European funding in the past, none of our current plans and developments within South Lanarkshire are reliant on such support.

“It is too early to second guess the exact impact on Clyde Gateway from the widely reported uncertainties over the Brexit outcome of the European Referendum but the issue is one we will be seeking to discuss in due course with each of our two council partners and Scottish Enterprise.”

Rutherglen business owner Kenneth Thom, director of Create Bathroom and Kitchen Studios, was disappointed with the result but called on the country to accept the result.

He added: “As a small family business, I am concerned it will impact on consumer spending in the short term but hopefully, a clear and sensible path forward can be made to return some stability and reassurance.”