BAE Systems has presented the Bishopton Community Development Trust with a cheque for £50,000 to help fund and support local community initiatives.
The donation is part of BAE Systems’ commitment to the local community as part of its ongoing development of Dargavel Village, on the site of the former Royal Ordnance Factory at Bishopton.
The cheque was presented to Scott Wilson, Chair of the Bishopton Community Development Trust, by Jon Gettinby, Head of Bishopton Programme for BAE Systems, who was joined by Derek Mackay, MSP for Renfrewshire North & West.
This is the third donation the company has made to the Trust as part of the £300,000 pledge it made in 2016, and will be used by the Trust to support community development projects. To date, the company has donated £150,000 to the Trust with a further £150,000 being paid in stages throughout the development of Dargavel Village.
Commenting on the donation, Jon Gettinby, Head of Bishopton Programme, BAE Systems Shared Services, said: “We recognise the importance of community initiatives and the improvements they can bring to an area. We’re proud to support the Trust with its plan to develop new and existing community facilities that will not only benefit residents now but for generations to come.”
The focus for the Development Trust is to develop community-wide sports facilities at the Holmpark Playing Fields for tennis, football and rugby. The Trust has already invested in upgrading facilities including new goal posts, and equipment to maintain the grounds.
Scott Wilson, Chair of the Bishopton Community Development Trust, said: “The Development Trust has recently conducted an extensive community consultation exercise to understand how the Trust can help the community of Bishopton. The results of this have been overwhelmingly supportive for the creation of sports facilities for all at our Holmpark site and the Trust is now working towards turning this into a reality. This further contribution from BAE Systems is instrumental in helping develop these plans which we will be sharing with the community in the coming weeks.”
In addition to the £300,000 pledge, BAE Systems also transferred ownership of Holmpark – a nine acre site – in November 2017 at no cost to the Trust as part of its planning commitments.
BAE Systems is in the process of redeveloping the former Royal Ordnance Factory site in Bishopton. Dargavel Village is one of the largest brownfield developments in the UK, providing Bishopton with new housing, community and development facilities, improved road and motorway linkage and public amenity. The development was recognised at a national level recently having won the 2019 RTPI award for excellence in planning homes.