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Published 14 March 2018

Residents of Clydebank are being encouraged to help shape a project that aims to significantly enhance the Forth and Clyde Canal and breathe life back into the town centre.

The ‘Clydebank Can’ Making Places project sets out to bring to life suggestions gathered in the 2015 Clydebank Charrette by holding a number of community-led events to involve members of the public in the design process for the priority sites of the project − Roseberry Place, North Canalside, Three Queens Square and the former Playdrome site.

The first such event is an activity day which will take place on Saturday, 24 March, from 12noon to 2.30pm at The Bandstand in Clydebank’s Three Queens Square. Members of the public can find out more about the project, give their views and take and share photographs and stories while enjoying activities along the canal.

Clydebank is at the centre of a number of ongoing projects, including the £250million regeneration of Queens Quay and the £2.3million Connecting Clydebank project which will improve connections and enhance traffic and pedestrian links in the town. Clydebank Can, which is part of the Scottish Government’s Making Places initiative and is funded by the Scottish Government and West Dunbartonshire Council, aims to build on that transformation and allow residents and visitors to make the most of the canal.

Councillor Jim Finn, Convener of West Dunbartonshire Council’s Planning Committee, said: “There is so much happening in Clydebank in terms of regeneration and infrastructure improvements at the moment and I’m delighted that there is now also a desire to make the most of the Forth and Clyde Canal and the varied and potentially vibrant sites along its route through the town. I would encourage the community to take part in these engagement events and to have a hand in making and shaping the proposals.”

Councillor Caroline McAllister, Spokesperson for Community Empowerment, added: “We are determined that this project reflects what the people of Clydebank want to make happen with these canal sites. For that reason, I hope a large number of people come along on 24 March to give their views and that, together, we can develop plans that will give enjoyment to local people and visitors for many years to come.”

West Dunbartonshire Council is working with Scottish Canals on this project. Scottish Canals Head of Regeneration & Development, Christopher Breslin, said: “Scottish Canals is delighted to be involved in the ‘Clydebank Can’ Making Places project.  We are looking forward to hearing local people and businesses put forward their ideas to bring more activity and life to the canal.”