A proposed investment in a Johnstone Castle playpark has been welcomed by local councillors as a boost for the community.

If approved the plan, part of a Renfrewshire wide investment to upgrade and refurbish parks, will see the park at the corner of Elm Drive and Sycamore Avenue in Johnstone Castle completely refurbished, along with eighteen other parks across the authority.

Full list of purposed upgrades and improvements

Welcoming the proposals Cllr Jacqueline Cameron, who represents the area for the SNP, said “This would be great news for the Castle. Coming after completion of the Elm Drive housing works and the upcoming resurfacing of Elm Drive itself, getting a refurbished play park would be another real boost for the area.”

“Parks in other areas have benefitted from improvements funded by the Green Spaces Fund but it’s important that everywhere is included, so I am really pleased to see Johnstone Castle being included in this project.”

“Hopefully, it will encourage kids out to play and away from their computers!”

Her SNP colleague Cllr Andy Steel added “Whether it’s cycling, walking or just playing in the park, every kind of exercise helps as we try to get back to normality after what has been a lousy couple of years.”

“Kids don’t need much excuse to get out and play – providing them with a park of decent quality would be a positive step in the right direction.”

The proposals will be voted on at the meeting of the Infrastructure, Land and Environment Board on 25th August.

Main Photo: Cllr Andy Steel and Cllr Jaqueline Cameron