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City Deal Project to Better Manage Rainwater Starts Soon (March 2020)

Published: 23 March 2020

A Glasgow City Region City Deal project designed to better manage rainwater in the Drumchapel area will start soon.

This vital project aims to reduce the negative economic and social impact of flooding to homes, businesses and transport links, as well as improving greenspace and protecting waterways from pollution.

Sustainably Drain Glasgow

Glasgow City Region City Deal (funded by both the UK and Scottish Governments), and Scottish Water are key funders of this project through the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership (MGSDP) which is working with partners to deliver a programme of schemes to 'Sustainably Drain Glasgow' - targeting areas across the city where rainfall adversely impacts communities.

Working in partnership with Scottish Water, the project design at Drumchapel will work with Garscadden Burn to better manage surface water, especially during extreme weather, as well as using existing space to temporarily store floodwater. By decreasing the likelihood of flooding downstream, the risk and impacts on people's homes and businesses from heavy rainfall are reduced.

In addition, a new drainage basin will be created near Kinfauns Drive to store and treat rainwater before slowly releasing it back into the burn. Carefully selected plants which will be added to the basin, not only clean the water run-off but will improve the attractiveness and bio-diversity of the area.

Project benefits will also include enhanced landscaping, footpath construction, a new pedestrian footbridge, work experience opportunities for young people, and the creation of natural play areas.

Ahead of the main construction work starting, a number of trees will be felled. This will be compensated for in the coming months with a high quality landscape design, which is expected to increase the variety of plants and animal life in the area.


MGSDP Early Braes Meadow Flower Planting 1

It is anticipated that the works will be fully complete by autumn 2021.

Both the UK and Scottish Governments are providing the Glasgow City Region local authorities with £500million each in grant funding for the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

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