Euro funding for Clyde Waterfront

25 Jan 2007

Four projects are to share £1 million European funding to help regenerate communities along the River Clyde, it was announced today.

Deputy Enterprise Minister Allan Wilson said:

"The Executive is committed to community and economic regeneration of the Clyde Waterfront and I'm pleased that a total of £8.2 million European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) will help to deliver that.

"This latest round of ERDF will involve just over £1 million and will benefit a range of projects - from promoting local enterprise activity to regenerating the land around the Port Glasgow Town Hall.

"Building on the Clyde Waterfront's vibrant history, I want to see local people and businesses provided with real opportunity to reach their full potential - this funding is a step in the right direction."

The total cost for these projects is £2.7 million. Some projects are subject to fulfilment of conditions before receiving the awards.

Projects included in the latest funding round are:

BizFizz (£61,340)

This project will assist local people to develop and deliver new business and enterprise activity. A business coach will engage with the Port Glasgow community by visiting local meeting places, clubs and schools. The coach will support local entrepreneurs and help them overcome any barriers faced in the pursuit of their business passion.

Clydebank Millennium Link Regeneration (£801,000)

This project will see the transformation of the canal side environment on the north bank of the canal in Clydebank Town Centre between Kilbowie Road and Argyll Road. Brick planters will be removed and a more user friendly space created, new activities will be introduced and improved connections with the shopping centre will be made. A competition will be held to find a design to replace an existing bridge canopy.

Port Glasgow Town Hall (£83,150)

This project plans to enhance the area of land in front of the Town Hall by creating an area based on enhancing civic pride and the town's heritage. Works in the plan will also link the existing shops to a much larger nearby retail development. More than 67 businesses are supporting the activities of a traders association.

Right Track Arts & Education Programme (£91,805)

This project promotes the importance of access to creative and cultural industries and the positive impact they can have on employment options in Clydebank South. Mentors in music and dance will be supported by a project co-ordinator over an 18-month period. Opportunities will be provided for training, placements and qualifications and is targeted at local people with an interest in the creative and cultural industries.

European Structural Funds help work to reinforce and add value to a number of the Scottish Executive's key policies such as the Framework for Economic Development in Scotland, Workforce Plus - An Employability Framework for Scotland, Closing the Opportunity Gap, Regeneration Policy Statement, the NEET Strategy, More Choices More Chances, Smart Successful Scotland, and the Lifelong Learning Strategy. A report demonstrating the links between Structural Funds and social inclusion issues has been published: Social Inclusion Area Strategies: the Role of European Structural Funds and A Guidance Note on the Interaction between Social Inclusion Partnerships (SIPs) and European Structural Funds.

The URBAN II programme has delivered around £8.2 million ERDF to the Clyde Urban Waterfront Regeneration Zone. The area is to the West of Glasgow, covering two communities (Clydebank South and Port Glasgow) located north and south of the Clyde River.

  • Opening of Forth & Clyde Canal at Clydebank Town Centre by McAteer Photograph