Rutherglen MSP seeks clarification in Mitchell Arcade future
Oct 10 2012
by Will Henshaw, Rutherglen Reformer
RUTHERGLEN MSP James Kelly has written to the owners of Rutherglen Shopping Centre for clarification on its future.
Moorgarth Group bought the arcade earlier this year, and pledged to the Reformer back in May, to make significant investment and to work to attract new traders to the Centre.
Now, Rutherglen MSP Kelly has written to Moorgarth, asking them to outline their progress, and future plans for the Centre.
In his letter, James Kelly said: “I welcome investment into the local economy, and as someone from the area I appreciate that Rutherglen Shopping Centre acts, or has the potential to act, as a hub for the Main Street, the local economy and the local community, so I am keen to see it regenerated.
“I note that in the Rutherglen Reformer in May of this year you pledged a commitment to investing in the centre and to work to attract new tenants to fill the retail units. I would be grateful if you could give me an update on what progress has been made in this regard.”
Following the announcement earlier in the year, Kelly and Rutherglen MP Tom Greatrex consulted with local community groups to find out what Ruglonians were hoping to see from the new centre, with a greater variety of shops being high up the list.
Speaking to the Reformer, James Kelly said “It has been a tough few years on the high street in Rutherglen and in high streets across Scotland, so I welcome any new investment in the area. However, I hope Moorgarth listen to the concerns and ideas of my constituents, take them on board so that their investment truly benefits both the local economy, and the community.”
In last week’s Reformer we reported that Tim Vaughan of Moorgrath confirmed the car park of the centre will be undergoing a £300,000 upgrade.
He also previously confirmed they had plans to renovate the centre, especially its rear entrance and lighting.