The best assets in all of Clyde Gateway are our people and our places
From the start, we wanted to become involved with local residents in a joint effort to regenerate our historic communities. We have said repeatedly since our inception that physical change on its own is not enough to achieve success. With people at the heart of our ambitious plans, social and economic change is equally important. This means that Clyde Gateway must be pro-acative in identifying new opportunities for residents - as well as listening and responding to their wishes and needs.
Our communities were once densely populated by skilled local workers in mills, iron works and heavy engineering factories. There were schools, churches and busy shops on almost every corner. Until only a few generations ago, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen and Shawfield were major contributors to the local, regional and national economies.
There are still pockets of activity and a reasonable number of succesful business still operating, but the sudden decline of larger employers and the large-scale demoltion of many tenements in the 1970s and 80s has left a legacy of derelict, vacant brownfield sites. However, the opening of the M74 and the other infrastructure improvements will bring such sites back into use, and help realise our vision of the communities again becoming an industrial and business powerhouse.