Published 30 June 2022

West Dunbartonshire will benefit from an additional £3.8million investment to enhance residents’ pride of place and increase life chances.

The funding, which has been awarded through the UK wide shared prosperity fund, will be distributed over the next three years.

It will be made available based on the submission of a local investment plan detailing local priorities and proposals for action.

The investment must align with at least one of three core principles of the fund - communities and place; supporting local business; and people and skills.

West Dunbartonshire Council is working in partnership with Glasgow City Region partners to create a collaborative investment plan.

A total of £3,895,816 has been allocated to West Dunbartonshire, with over £500,000 earmarked for capital investment over the three year period.

The regional investment plan is expected to be finalised in August, with each member authority outlining its key priorities for inclusion.

Councillor Craig Edward, Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “We welcome this additional funding, and work is already underway to identify how it can best be used to benefit our residents and communities.

“The fund’s core principles are very closely matched with our own, and I am particularly interested to see how we can use this funding in our communities to restore and enhance common spaces, as well as invest in our people and enhance their skills.”

Councillor David McBride, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “Creating a sense of place in our towns and communities ensures that our residents feel proud to be there and feel empowered to bring about positive change for the good of everyone.

“This funding will support this empowerment, as well as help local businesses and our local economy to thrive after an extremely challenging few years during the pandemic.”