Local communities in Inverclyde will benefit from a unique agreement between the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and Inverclyde Council, which will help to improve the social, physical, cultural and environmental well-being of the area.
The CSGN is Europe’s largest greenspace initiative which seeks to transform Central Scotland into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.
Inverclyde Council has signed up to the CSGN’s Local Authority Concordat, which recognises its commitment to formally help deliver the CSGN vision and highlights the fundamental role local authorities have to play in helping to achieve the network’s aims.
In signing up to the scheme, Inverclyde Council has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to the CSGN, highlighted by the network’s inclusion in Scotland’s National Planning Framework, as well as the opportunities the CSGN has to offer.
Inverclyde Council has also pledged to embed the CSGN in all relevant policies, strategies and plans and to develop and enhance its partnership work to realise the CSGN.
Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said: “In order to achieve the CSGN aims of delivering a high quality green network that will meet the Scottish Government’s environmental, social and economic objectives, we need to share resources, best practice and new thinking.
“Our Local Authority Concordat represents a collective understanding that working in partnership will ensure policies and resources are aligned and will in turn achieve the optimum results for all parties involved. I welcome the fact that Inverclyde Council has come on board and we look forward to building on our relationship to create a lasting legacy for the future.”
Inverclyde Council Leader Councillor, Stephen McCabe, said: "Inverclyde has some of the most outstanding natural heritage in Scotland and preserving it for future generations is vital. It is also key to the future regeneration of the area both economically and socially and we recognise the importance of considering the effect any decision we make will have on the environment. We are pleased to sign the Concordat which supports the aims of our proposed Local Development Plan.”
Three projects in Inverclyde have already benefited from support through the CSGN Development Fund. Inverclyde Council was awarded £23,998 to undertake an ecological assessment and topographical survey, and to prepare a management and maintenance plan for Coves Local Nature Reserve between Greenock and Gourock, to guide the future development and management of the reserve.
Stretching from Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Dunbartonshire in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east, the CSGN encompasses 19 local authorities across 10,000 sq km and has the potential to benefit 3.5million people, equating to 70 per cent of Scotland’s population.
The CSGN is encouraging other local authorities across Central Scotland to follow in the footsteps of Inverclyde Council by signing its Local Authority Concordat.
The agreement marks a significant step forward in bringing together the right expertise, resources and people, in order to realise an ambitious project which will help to make Central Scotland a more attractive and distinctive place to live, to visit and to do business in.