Published 28 March 2024

Two councillors have been appointed to the Clydebank Town Board to help drive forward regeneration in the town.

Councillor Lawrence O’Neill and Councillor Clare Steel will join Liz Connolly, Principal of West College Scotland, who was appointed as Chair to steer the Board in the investment of £20million over the next decade.

The town will be awarded the funding – which equates to approximately £2million per year for the next 10 years – this year as part of the UK Government’s Long Term Plan for Towns initiative.

West Dunbartonshire Council will work closely with the Town Board to develop plans for use of the endowment-style funding, taking long-term action to enhance the town in a place-centred approach.

The funding spend will be guided by a Long Term Plan which will be developed later this year and subject to approval from the UK Government’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

The plan is set to build on the the Clydebank Town Centre Development Framework which was approved in 2021 and includes a 15-year vision for transformation of the town centre into a vibrant and attractive place.

Councillor David McBride, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “I am delighted that steps are being taken to move forward with the formation of a Town Board who will help drive forward this programme which is determined to promote real change across Clydebank over the next decade.

“I look forward to seeing what can be achieved and how we can build on the excellent, progressive work which is already ongoing in the town.”

Councillor Lawrence O’Neill added: “It is a privilege to be appointed to the Clydebank Town Board, representing the people of Clydebank and driving forward a programme of change which will benefit those who live and work here.”

Councillor Clare Steel said: “As Councillor for Clydebank Central, I am delighted to be appointed onto the newly formed Town Board. I look forward to getting started and ensuring this funding can be maximised in order to deliver for our town.”