SNP’s Council election hopeful Graeme Stockton and sitting Councillor, Emma Rodden have welcomed confirmation of investment into parks across their Council ward.

The ward of Johnstone North, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch is set to benefit from regeneration of 3 parks at Sandyflats, Ellerslie Street and Lochwinnoch. This follows completed works to improve Howwood Public Park and upcoming contracts in Kilbarchan Park.

Funding will be drawn from Renfrewshire Council’s Parks & Green-spaces Fund and Village Improvement Fund as well as Scottish Government provision.

Graeme Stockton said “As a villager and a parent myself, I understand the importance of local facilities for children.

“The planned works in Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch and Johnstone will provide much-needed improvements to the playparks our children already love and use well. The Communities involved have been engaged in the process and consulted with, we are all excited to see the end results now.”

Cllr Emma Rodden added “Over the past two years, our children have done us proud, in the most difficult of circumstances. It is time to reward them for their resilience and give them the chance to have fun again.

“As a mother to two young children, I appreciate how much of an asset a local playpark can be. It is especially important at a time when the cost of living is increasing, that there are free-to-use facilities, accessible to all who live nearby.”

Main Photo: Cllr Emma Rodden and election candidate Graeme Stockton at Ellerslie Street Park