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Published 23 July 2020

Work to transform a key Clydebank town centre thoroughfare is underway.

Work to transform a key Clydebank town centre thoroughfare is underway.

The £400,000 improvements at Sylvania Way South will include the introduction of new quality walkway surfaces, enhanced seating areas and the addition of trees and planters to improve the visual experience for shoppers.

The improvements, which are being funded by West Dunbartonshire Council alongside the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund, will also look to relocate the current trolley park area adjacent to Chalmers Street to a more suitable location.

West Dunbartonshire Council was granted a one-off award of £859,000 from the Scottish Government last year as part of a contribution towards transformative investments which drive local economic activities and help town centres become more diverse and sustainable.

Following approval for work to go ahead at the location, officers consulted with members of the public on proposals and considered their comments on the final designs.

Improvements to paving, lighting, planting and seating were all raised by local residents.

As part of the works, any uneven paving will be replaced and trees will be planted to ensure the area is inviting and attractive to visitors, business and wider community.

The improvements will take in the uncovered area of the shopping centre, between the Salvation Army building to Chalmers Street.

The works were due to start in April but  were delayed due to the Covid pandemic. The Council has liaised with the contractor to ensure a suitable pedestrian pathway is created to allow visitors to the centre to adhere to physical distancing guidance while the work is ongoing.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “I am pleased to see this work commencing as it will completely transform a well-used part of Clydebank Town Centre and improve the experience for shoppers and businesses alike.

“The purpose of the Town Centre Fund is to contribute to projects which will help drive the local economy and allow town centres to become more successful and more sustainable, and I can certainly see that the improvements here will satisfy that criteria.”

Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “When this work has been completed, the whole feel of the area will be greatly improved for years to come. This is a well-used and popular part of town already, but the addition of the greenery, seating and improved pathways will help attract more custom to the area and encourage additional footfall into the businesses located there.

“It’s great that the proposals were well received, and reflected what the people of Clydebank felt was needed to improve the area and I look forward to seeing this work progress.”

Other work to be undertaken with the Town Centre Funding includes refurbishing three Main Street properties in Alexandria to bring them back into use, developing designs for restoration of the Smollett Fountain,  and creating a high quality gathering place and gateway to the Waterfront Pathway at Riverside Lane in Dumbarton, commencing late August which will include greenspace, seating and ‘pocket park’ facilities to help connect the High Street with the riverfront.

In selecting the projects for investment, officers considered previous community consultations and charrettes to take account of residents’ needs and demands, and also reflected on Town Centre Forum discussions.