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Published 24 January 2020

A name has been chosen for a new community green space being developed in Clydebank.

The £1.3million project on the site of the former St Eunan’s Primary School in Clydebank  will now be known as Melfort Park.

The new name – which ties in with the Melfort Avenue access road  – was approved at a meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council’s Planning Committee yesterday.

It followed extensive community consultation and a request for suggested names that referenced the areas history and heritage.

The area is being delivered by the Council’s Regeneration team. When complete, it will include new biodiversity areas, raised bed allotments, outdoor exercise equipment, play areas for children and areas for outdoor education.

The history and heritage of Clydebank will also been represented in the area.

Open pathways will be created through the site, providing accessible connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the town centre to the south, and residential areas to the north of the site.

Councillor Jim Finn, Convener of the committee, said: “Melfort Park has been created to benefit  local residents and give them a community space to enjoy, so I am pleased they were consulted over the area's new name."

Councillor Diane Docherty, Vice Convener of the committee, added: “This will be a great park when it is completed. I am pleased to see our community have been asked to be involved in this project including our school children, who will be able to visit the site through a planning initiative and gain an insight into the planning process."

The Clydebank project was awarded £375,000 as part of a major new £37.5 million Scottish programme of projects to improve the urban environment of Scotland’s larger towns and cities. The Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention, led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).