East Renfrewshire Concordat

Local communities in East Renfrewshire will benefit from a new agreement between the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) and East Renfrewshire Council, which will help to improve the social, physical, cultural and environmental well-being of the area. 

East Renfrewshire 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, East Renfrewshire Council has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to the CSGN, as expressed through the network’s inclusion in Scotland’s 2nd National Planning Framework, as well as the opportunities the CSGN has to offer. East Renfrewshire Council has also pledged to embed the CSGN in all of its policies, strategies and plans and develop and enhance 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 hugely welcome the fact that East Renfrewshire Council has come on board and we look forward to building on our relationship to create a lasting legacy for the future.”

Lorraine McMillan, Chief Executive of East Renfrewshire Council, said: “East Renfrewshire Council is committed to making our area an enjoyable and safe place in which to live and work. This agreement will go a long way to further enrich our residents’ lives by both improving the quality of their environment and enhancing social and economic benefits for the area. We at East Renfrewshire Council look forward to working closely in partnership with the CSGN on all environment related policies, plans and strategies.”

A number of projects in East Renfrewshire have already benefited from support through the CSGN Development Fund including East Renfrewshire Council. The Council was awarded £68,000 to take forward the planning and implementation of the Barrhead green network, involving preparatory work on site to improve access and create woodland habitat links to neighbouring parts of Glasgow.
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