Pub­lic sup­ports City Deal projects

Huge back­ing for river­side and air­port plans

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Lynn Jolly

More than 2000 peo­ple have shown their sup­port for two ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects that will cre­ate jobs and con­nect com­mu­ni­ties

Events and ex­hi­bi­tions over the past 12 months on the Clyde Wa­ter­front and Ren­frew River­side and Glas­gow Air­port In­vest­ment Area projects have caught the pub­lic imag­i­na­tion.

And sup­port has soared for the Ren­frew­shire- led Glas­gow City Re­gion City Deal projects fol­low­ing pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tions in Ren­frew, Pais­ley, Cly­de­bank and Yoker last month.

Feed­back sur­veys show 90 per cent are back­ing the Clyde Wa­ter­front and Ren­frew River­side project, recog­nis­ing its po­ten­tial to re­gen­er­ate the river­side and bet­ter link the com­mu­ni­ties of Ren­frew, Yoker and Cly­de­bank.

The project in­cludes a new open­ing bridge over the River Clyde; con­struc­tion of the Ren­frew North De­vel­op­ment Road join­ing the bridge with Mead­ow­side Street/ Kings Inch Road and Inchin­nan Road – with im­proved fa­cil­i­ties for pub­lic trans­port, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

The sup­port also ex­tends to the Glas­gow Air­port In­vest­ment Area project – with 94 per cent of re­spon­dents be­hind the plans, which will lead to the cre­ation of a world-class com­mer­cial lo­ca­tion con­nected by air, sea and land in the heart of Ren­frew­shire.

New bridges across the Black Cart and White Cart, the re­align­ment of Ab­botsinch Road, bet­ter con­nec­tions with the ex­ist­ing road net­work and new cy­cle routes are all part of the project plans which will im­prove con­nec­tions be­tween the West­way, Inchin­nan and Air­port busi­ness parks.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil leader Iain Ni­col­son wel­comed the news on a re­cent visit to Ren­frew, say­ing feed­back from com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing the events and ex­hi­bi­tions has played a sig­nif­i­cant part in shap­ing the fi­nal projects.

Coun­cil­lor Ni­col­son said: “These ma­jor projects will bring new job op­por­tu­ni­ties; link com­mu­ni­ties bet­ter and pro­vide places to be proud of.

“Pro­vid­ing long- last­ing eco­nomic ben­e­fits to our com­mu­ni­ties is right at the heart of each of these City Deal projects, which will un­lock the area’s eco­nomic po­ten­tial, tackle un­em­ploy­ment and cre­ate thou­sands of new jobs while at the same time im­prove pub­lic trans­port and con­nec­tiv­ity.

“At each stage of the projects, the in­put of lo­cal peo­ple has guided the de­vel­op­ment and I am pleased at the con­tri­bu­tion com­mu­ni­ties in Ren­frew­shire, West Dun­bar­ton­shire and Glas­gow have made in shap­ing these projects.

“From guid­ing the choice of routes to high­light­ing the things that mat­ter most to their com­mu­ni­ties, they have made their voices heard.”

Lo­cal con­sul­ta­tion events high­lighted the most pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion for the new River Clyde Bridge, which will be the first open­ing bridge across the Clyde, im­prov­ing ac­cess for com­mu­ni­ties If you are plan­ning to be out and about in Pais­ley, please re­mem­ber that Forbes Place will be closed for up to six months.

This is for water­works to be car­ried out as part of a £17 mil­lion project by Scot­tish Wa­ter to im­prove the sewer net­work in the town.

The firm said the in­stal­la­tion of a new com­bined sewer over­flow has seen it and its con­trac­tors on both sides of the river to jobs, leisure ac­tiv­i­ties, Glas­gow Air­port and hos­pi­tals.

The pre­cise route of the Ren­frew North De­vel­op­ment Road was set to en­sure min­i­mal en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and im­prove ac­cess to lo­cal wood­land ar­eas.

Com­mu­nity calls were also an­swered with ev­ery new road com­ple­mented by im­proved cy­cling and walk­ing routes.

And fol­low­ing feed­back on traf­fic con­ges­tion con­cerns, a de­tailed mod­el­ling study was con­ducted which found peak time traf­fic at Ren­frew Cross is likely to be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced, while new routes will lead to re­duced HGV traf­fic on Porter­field Road and on Pais­ley Road.

Plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions for each project will be sub­mit­ted on Fri­day, June 23, the Clyde Wa­ter­front project be­ing con­sid­ered by the plan­ning au­thor­i­ties in Ren­frew­shire, Glas­gow and West Dun­bar­ton­shire and the Glas­gow Air­port In­vest­ment Area fall­ing en­tirely within Ren­frew­shire’s re­mit. li­aise with Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil to plan road traf­fic man­age­ment.

Dur­ing the road clo­sure there will still be ac­cess to a car park used by Cly­des­dale Bank, which is lo­cated at the bot­tom of Dunn Square, as well as nearby of­fices.

They said they had im­ple­mented a sys­tem that en­ables ac­cess to busi­nesses for work­ers and the pub­lic.

The project is part of work to re­duce the fre­quency of spills from the sewer net­work into the Espedair Burn and White Cart Wa­ter in storm con­di­tions.

The project in­cludes the in­stal­la­tion of a one mile-long waste wa­ter tun­nel, or sewer, un­der the streets of Pais­ley.

The in­vest­ment is part of £ 250 mil­lion pro­gramme to im­prove river wa­ter qual­ity and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and tackle flood­ing across the greater Glas­gow area.

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