Published 30 January 2024

Residents are being given the chance to give feedback on the development of landscaping and paths within the former Exxon site at Bowling.

Recently the Glasgow City Region City Deal project took a major step forward as planning permission was granted for the first phase of works during a special meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council's planning committee.

On Wednesday 7th February, the consultation will open on the landscaping and path development within the project area. This part of the project will see public access to the riverside site opened up for the first time in decades.

West Dunbartonshire Council is keen to get feedback from local people on the plans before a separate planning application is submitted for development of landscaping and paths later this year.

An in-person consultation event will take place in Bowling Hall on Wednesday 7th February between 3pm and 7.30pm with a formal presentation happening at 4.30pm.

Subject to approval, the site would become accessible once the transport infrastructure project is complete.

The site is currently undergoing a thorough soil remediation process which has been closely monitored by the Council's Environmental Health Team and SEPA.

Three Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) overlap and border the site along the River Clyde foreshore and any plans have to consider the impact on wildlife.

The proposed planting design will aim to use local native species to create a sustainable parkland habitat and increase the biodiversity of the area.

Councillor David McBride, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: "This is another important step in the overall project to develop this site. I would encourage local people who have an interest to make sure their views are known.

"It will be fantastic to see this progress and ultimately to have this site opened up for public access for the first time in decades."

Councillor Lawrence O'Neill, Chair of Planning and Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: "This is a great opportunity for local people to get involved in what will be a significant development, benefitting the whole of West Dunbartonshire and beyond. I hope residents take the opportunity to find out more about these plans and to give their feedback to help shape the project."

Paper questionnaires are available and can be returned to Bowling Hall with access to the questionnaire also available online via the West Dunbartonshire Council website. The consultation will remain open for four weeks with responses collated and a report published on the Council's website in due course.