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

West Dunbartonshire 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, West Dunbartonshire Council has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to the CSGN, as expressed through the network’s inclusion in Scotland’s National Planning Framework, as well as the opportunities the CSGN has to offer.

West Dunbartonshire Council has also pledged to embed the CSGN in its local development plan and relevant masterplans, and to develop and enhance its partnership work to realise the CSGN.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, 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 West Dunbartonshire Council has come on board and we look forward to building on our relationship to create a lasting legacy for the future.”

Councillor Martin Rooney, Leader of West Dunbartonshire Council, said: “West Dunbartonshire Council is delighted to formally support the development of the Central Scotland Green Network. Our area has wonderful green network assets such as the Kilpatrick Hills, the Clyde waterfront and the Forth and Clyde Canal. Our new Local Development Plan already recognises these and other areas that contribute to the network and we will be working with partners and developers to further enhance and integrate the green network where and when opportunities arise.”

A number of projects in West Dunbartonshire have already benefited from support through the CSGN Development Fund including a paths, signage and interpretation project within Vale of Leven Industrial Estate which was awarded £35,000.