A £44m joint investment project between Glasgow City Deal and West Dunbartonshire Council will deliver improved transport infrastructure and unlock the potential of a disused industrial site to attract new developers and future investment to the area. As well as 980 full time job opportunities and an additional 660 jobs during the construction stage, it is expected to bring £32.2m of additional private investment and £230.2m net additional GVA by 2035.
As part of the project, key transport infrastructure will be developed in and around the former Esso terminal in Bowling. This will include:
In addition to the above and in line with the planning requirements, a path and landscape design for the wider 33.66-hectare site is being progressed.
This will provide enhanced community access to the waterfront, taking account of the ecological sensitivity of the Inner Clyde SPA, Ramsar and SSSI, as well as protecting and enhancing the setting of Dunglass Castle and the Henry Bell Monument, with opportunities for visitor access. Proposals include interconnected public realm and open space areas, incorporating native tree, shrub and wildflower planting to enhance landscape and ecological connectivity. The Parkland, riverfront walkway, and nature networks will create a destination public space for the communities of Bowling, Milton and beyond, with approximately 2km riverfront walkway and a further 1km of trails, as well as opportunities for recreational activity such as walking, cycling and horse riding. This project enhances the experience of the users of NCN7.
A design has been developed and public consultation event with information from the Council’s Design Panel and Communities Team will take place on the following dates:
An application for access to funding through the 2nd round of Low Carbon Fund the Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme is being considered by the Scottish Government. A decision is expected by February 2024.