Breath of fresh air for Clydebank

16 Aug 2011

Major plans to breathe life into Clydebank, bringing jobs and investment to the area, are being drawn up. Business leaders say the town is on the brink of a revival helped by the continuing regeneration and new businesses.

Supermarket firm Tesco is gearing up to submit a planning application to West Dunbartonshire Council in the next few weeks to build on the site of the Playdrome leisure centre in central Clydebank.

If the move goes ahead for the 84,000 sq ft store, it will bring almost 500 jobs to the area. It will also signal the go-ahead for a new £15m leisure centre next to it on the Queen's Quay site.

The proposed development will be a welcome addition for shoppers and to the nearby Clydebank Shopping Centre, which is hoping to attract big brands.

Jim McAloon, head of regeneration and economic development at West Dunbartonshire Council, said it was an exciting time for the town. The council has set a target to attract £200m of private investment into West Dunbartonshire over the next five years.

He said: "Tesco has a good track record of making sure people from the area they're building in get the jobs so if the proposed plans happen we are confident people from Clydebank will reap the benefits in employment.

"The proposed leisure centre will have a glass frontage looking out on to the river. We have no doubt that it will be a state-of-the-art facility."

If the supermarket's plans go ahead, the shop would open in around three years' time.

Source Evening Times - Breath of fresh air for Clydebank