Easterhouse is located around 6 miles east of the city centre. Thriving Places covers the area that runs up to the city boundary line in the North and the M8 to the South. This takes in Provanhall, Blairtummock, Easterhouse, Rogerfield, Lochend, Gartloch, Kildermorie, Commonhead, Bishoploch and a very small part of Stepps. These boundaries are flexible; they may change to reflect the way that people identify with the place where they live. Thriving Places may also work just outside these boundaries if local people use nearby community centres or schools in Garthamlock or Craigend, for example.
A Brief History of the Area
Until the 1950s Greater Easterhouse contained around thirteen working farms. Housing developments were proposed in the 1930s, but postponed because of the Second World War. In addition to farming there was mining and quarrying, but farming declined as the housing development expanded. (There is still a working farm at Blackfaulds, near Craigend.)
Large scale building started in Easterhouse in the 1950s, to provide housing for people living in sub-standard housing in other parts of Glasgow. Local schools and shops opened from 1960 onwards. The Greater Easterhouse population reached 56,843 in 1971 and Shandwick Square Shopping Centre opened in 1972. The collapse of Glasgow's traditional industries produced low income levels and the area's remoteness from the city created a sense of isolation, whilst media coverage of local gang fighting created a negative image of Easterhouse.
In the 1980s community organisations acted to stop the media focus on gang fighting while local arts projects succeeded in reviving community consciousness and identity. This process continued with the Greater Easterhouse Partnership, which was designed to increase investment for social and economic development. There are now a wide range of community organisations operating in the fields of health, environment, sports and the arts.
In 2000 a purpose-built campus for John Wheatley College (now Glasgow Kelvin College), formerly housed in an old school building, was completed. In 2006 the Bridge was built on the land between the College campus and Easterhouse pool, linking the two and adding a library, café and arts venue.