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Published 27 March 2017

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has approved funding of £630,000 to help transform the site of the former St Eunan’s Primary School in Clydebank into a community greenspace area.

West Dunbartonshire Council had already approved funding of £900,000 for the project and SNH has now given the green light for the remaining £630,000 of the overall £1.5million plan.

The Drumry site is currently vacant and off-limits to local people after the discovery of asbestos in the soil following the demolition of the old school. The works will see the land safely ‘capped’ with a protective barrier to seal in any contaminants indefinitely. Top soil would then be added and the area transformed into a multifunctional community greenspace and biodiversity park featuring wildflower meadows, an outdoor classroom and natural activity areas for children, an outdoor gym, a sensory garden, raised bed allotments and pathway routes through the site.

Richard Cairns, West Dunbartonshire Council’s Strategic Director for Regeneration, Environment & Growth, said: “This funding will help make it possible for this area to be transformed for the benefit of the people of Clydebank for years to come. The Council was keen from the outset to make this an attractive public space and, following extensive consultation with local people, we have now reached a stage where that will become a reality. I’m now really looking forward to seeing progress being made on the site.”

The plans will go before a future meeting of the Council’s Planning Committee and it is anticipated that work to cap the site will begin in early 2018. Further updates will be issued throughout the process.