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Published 12 December 2016

A park and a town square are set to be transformed thanks to hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment from West Dunbartonshire Council

The projects will improve communities in Clydebank and Balloch and the Council has also agreed to explore options for developing a new community centre in Dumbarton.

An environmental improvement project in Inler Park, Haldane, will benefit from £250,000 of funding under the Council’s Capital Investment Plan. A masterplan has been developed for the park and key elements of this will now become a reality including new footpaths, seating and flood prevention.

The funding is in addition to £70,000 already allocated for the development which is being led by the Environmental Trust and is expected to seek additional external match funding. 

A project to redevelop public space around multi storey flats in Dalmuir is to be bolstered by a further £150,000 to extend this project to include Dalmuir Square. The project builds on ideas developed by the community to rejuvenate the square and surrounding areas to create a focal point for the community with new seating, planting and a small children’s play area. 

The investment will be allocated from the Environmental Fund, which was established to improve and regenerate community greenspace.

 The Council is also set to explore options for developing a new community centre in Westbridgend, Dumbarton. 

The Your Community initiative is also set to be supported by providing revenue funding of £60,000 per year from 2016/17 for participative budgeting. This is in addition to the £1m capital fund for participative budgeting agreed earlier in 2016. Participative budgeting allows communities to have a say in how money is spent in their neighbourhoods. 

Council Leader Martin Rooney said: “These projects reflect our commitment to improving our area and the aspirations of our communities who have been involved in shaping these plans for Haldane and Dalmuir. In both cases this funding will support an existing commitment in these areas and ensure that the projects have maximum impact in improving the lives of our residents.”