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Clyde strategy to be developed

Words: Roger Milne
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Scottish ministers have decided to develop and publish a strategy that aims to maximise the full economic potential of the River Clyde.

This initiative will be led by the devolved administration, with input from Scottish Enterprise, other agencies, local authorities and the private sector.

It will focus on:

  • Strengthening industries such as shipping, shipbuilding and marine engineering and create new ones to support more jobs.
  • Attracting more investment to the Clyde area to add to the hundreds of millions the government is already investing in projects such as the Clyde Waterfront Innovation Campus, the National Manufacturing Institute and Queens Quay.
  • Bringing an estimated 400 hectares of vacant and derelict land back into productive use.
  • Improving the river for visitors, local people and communities.
  • Managing the risk of flooding.
  • Realising the potential of the river to help address the climate change emergency including the opportunity to use the energy from the Clyde to heat local housing.

Economy secretary Derek Mackay said: “The Clyde has a long history of supporting the economy of Glasgow, the wider region and Scotland. The last 10 to 15 years have has seen significant public and private investment transforming the banks of the river, and there is a strong pipeline of future investment, including projects funded through our £500 million commitment to the Glasgow City Region Deal.

“This initiative will build on that success and aim to make better use of the river and surrounding land to help deliver our economic, social and environmental ambitions, and to bring benefits to local people and communities.”

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