10 Nov 2011

Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, has tabled a parliamentary motion in Holyrood to mark 1000 days until the opening of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The MSP who represents Parkhead, Dalmarnock, Tollcross, and Glasgow Green where the bulk of the competition will take place, lodged the motion as the 1000 day mark passed with news that the Commonwealth Games facilities are on time and on budget.

Speaking from the East End, John Mason MSP, said:

“I am very enthusiastic about the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the East End to the rest of the world and I have every confidence that we will do that well.

“It is particularly encouraging to hear that the facilities currently being built are on-time and on-budget. It is already clear from walking around the East End that the building work is coming along well. I myself recently visited the velodrome and indoor sports arena in Parkhead and was very impressed with the progress.

“The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be a real boost to the economy of Glasgow and will provide a lasting legacy for East End folk. Over the next few months I want to pin down more details as to how East End residents will benefit directly from the games. For example, I want to know what using the facilities will actually cost local residents.

“The Commonwealth Games – which are 80% funded by the SNP Government – is just the latest in a number of projects which will regenerate the East End. These capital projects come in addition to the recently completed M74 motorway extension and the new Edinburgh rail link via Airdrie, both of which were on time and on budget.

“It’s an exciting time to live in the East End and that excitement will only continue to grow as we approach 2014”.