Baljaffray playpark to get £75k make-over

Ashay Ghai at Baljaffray  Playpark, Bearsden, welcoming a �75k investment in revamping it. 'Photo Emma Mitchell'7/8/13
Ashay Ghai at Baljaffray Playpark, Bearsden, welcoming a �75k investment in revamping it. 'Photo Emma Mitchell'7/8/13

A popular Bearsden playpark is set for a major revamp following a £75,000 cash injection from developers of a nearby housing project.

The funding for Baljaffray playpark came from the developers at St Andrew’s Brae, who set aside the money as part of the building conditions.

Nick Holland, president of Baljaffray Residents Association, said: “Originally the money was earmarked to be spent on a playpark in the new St Andrew’s Brae site, but they couldn’t fit it in there because of the slope in the land, and at the bottom of the development there is the new care home.

“So the developers have decided to spend it in what is a very popular park nearby.”

Bearsden North councillor Ashay Ghai (pictured) said: “There was consultation work conducted with pupils at Baljaffray Primary School, with further consultation with local residents and groups to follow.

“While plans have yet to be finalised, suggestions so far have included a separate toddlers’ park, refurbishing existing play equipment and extending facilities into the grassland.

“I am very pleased that this investment has now been secured. Residents in Baljaffray have waited a long time to see these improvements which will be very much welcomed by families in our area. However, it is essential that the views of our community are fully taken into account before work commences.”

Stewart Lynes, operations director for Miller Homes Scotland West region said: “We are delighted to contribute to a substantial upgrade to the existing playpark facilities at Baljaffray. As a developer bringing new housing to the area we are sure that this will be well used, not only by residents at St Andrews Brae, but by the wider local community in the area.”