St Leonards, East Kilbride

St Leonards is an area of the Scottish new town East Kilbride, in South Lanarkshire.

St Leonards is a residential area on the East side of the town. The majority of the area's streets are named after Glens, Islands and Lochs from Scotland, for instance: Loch Shin, Loch Assynt, Glen Farrar, Glen Carron, Benbecula, Skye. The area of St. Leonards contains the John Wrights Sports Centre which is home of the Whitemoss A.A.C and East Kilbride Athletics Club. The area is also home to the Calderglen Country Park and Claremont Parish Church, which celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2008.

Schools

It is the site of Calderglen High School, which opened its new building in February 2008. This new school has been formed from the merger of the existing Claremont and Hunter High Schools. The school was due for completion in August 2007 but this was delayed, causing the pupils to be housed in the existing Claremont High building. This area also contains St Leonards primary school (built in 1963), Blacklaw Primary School (being redeveloped), Mount Cameron Primary School - the sole Scottish Gaelic speaking school in East Kilbride at present (redevelopment complete), and St. Hillary's Primary School (redevelopment complete).

Recent Events

The council has been redeveloping the blocks of flats into more attractive, modern looking ones with a new exterior. These are Clyde Tower (the highest tower in East Kilbride at 56m), Calder Tower and White Cart Tower.

Currently the area has a small shopping centre and a set of small rental units which contain a Supermarket, Pharmacy, Post-Office, Petrol Station, Bookmaker's, Pub, Fish and Chip shop, Library, Hairdresser's, and a dentist among others. This is due to be redeveloped shortly with the goal of providing a more modern look than it has at present. Two of the units in the square have already changed ownership prior to the redevelopment: a Jewellery shop and a Joiner. This has caused some controversy Fact|date=August 2007----


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