WORK to transform the site of the former St Eunan’s Primary School into a green space for the community is set to begin next month.

The £1.3million project will bring biodiversity areas, raised bed allotments, outdoor exercise equipment, play areas for children and areas for outdoor education to the site.

Open pathways will be created through the site of the former school, providing accessible connections for pedestrians and cyclists between the town centre, to the south, and residential areas to the north of the site.

The area, which was previously inaccessible, has already been cleared in preparation for the project, with contractors now expected to start work in July.

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Councillor Iain McLaren, convener of infrastructure, regeneration and economic development, said: “The addition of this community green space is great news for local residents.

“Not only does it make use of an empty site, but it also improves opportunities for contact with nature and for physical activity for local children and adults.

“I look forward to seeing the finished project and I’m sure the community will see the benefits for years to come.”

The project was set up following extensive consultation with residents about the best use for the old primary school site.

The development plan was awarded £375,000 as part of a £37.5 million Scottish Government programme of projects to improve the urban environment of larger towns and cities.

The history and heritage of Clydebank will also be represented in the community space.

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Councillor Marie McNair, vice convener of infrastructure, regeneration and economic development, said: “I am pleased to see this area being brought back into use. Having good quality green space near where we live and work is known to improve our physical and mental health and wellbeing and I hope the community really feel the benefits of having access to this facility.

“The addition of play areas and exercise equipment mean the area will be used by kids and adults alike, and I’m pleased it will also represent the town’s rich history.”

A drop-in session will be held on June 5, 4-7pm, at St Eunan’s Primary for residents to discuss the project.