Glasgow City Council has today (21 February) approved a £50,000 grant as a contribution to the remediation of the berth for the PS Waverley at Glasgow Science Centre.
This grant will allow urgent work – estimated to cost over £108,000 in total, with some components approaching the end of their natural life – to be done that will ensure the berth can meet ongoing requirements for the Waverley.
The Waverley has been berthed at Glasgow Science Centre since its move from Anderston Quay in 2003 to allow the construction of the Clyde Arc Bridge.
Drone View of the Clyde:
The world-famous paddle-steamer is one of a few vessels currently operating on the Clyde for leisure purposes, and is key to maintaining and developing vibrancy on the river and its banks. The Waverley generates £3.6million for the Scottish economy every year, supporting 136 FTE jobs.
Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The Waverley has played a notable role in Glasgow’s cultural and economic life for generations, and the council’s contribution to the remediation work at Glasgow Science Centre will help this role to continue. In addition, in a time where a great deal of work and investment is taking place on the Clyde, the Waverley’s vital contribution to activity on the river and its status as a destination should be recognised.”
The remediation works will take place when the Waverley is not berthed, possibly in May 2019 when the Waverley is at dry dock or in Autumn 2019 when the Waverley will be sailing in the Bristol Channel and South Coast.
More information on the PS Waverley, which sails from Glasgow to various locations on the Clyde coast and the Scottish islands between May – August, can be found at: http://www.waverleyexcursions.