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Funding for Camlachie Burn scheme will prevent flooding and allow local development projects

Glasgow City Council has today (5 August) approved funding of up to £2.25million for the third phase of the Camlachie Burn Improvement Works, with this stage of the project enabling local regeneration by providing surface water drainage for key development sites including the proposed £60million Parkhead Health and Social Care Hub.

These new works will also allow the Broad Street development by Clyde Gateway, and various social and private sector housing developments within the Camlachie Burn catchment: all of these are unable to proceed until sufficient drainage capacity is provided by the Camlachie Burn through delivery of the third phase of works. 

The works will also tackle the occurrence of flooding at Rigby Street and Shettleston Road – a problem for both the local community and commuters.

The financial contribution of up to £2.25million from the council will – alongside £750,000 from the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) as a contribution from the Parkhead Health and Social Care Hub – see the removal, treatment and disposal of silt and debris from the Camlachie Burn culvert between Shettleston Road and Biggar Street; and the installation of a penstock at the upstream end of the Camlachie Burn Overflow (CBO).  This will allow the increased flows that will pass through the culvert after removal of the silt and debris to be diverted down the CBO to reduce the risk of flooding downstream of Biggar Street.

These works follow the significant investment made by the council over the last decade to address the legacy issues associated with the Camlachie Burn including the £14million Camlachie Burn Overflow (CBO) – completed in 2012 – and more recently the £7million investment to address hydraulic constraints at Shettleston Road and Biggar Street as part of the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership (MGSDP) City Deal programme.  These interventions were required as part of a phased programme of works to address flood risk and loss of hydraulic conveyance capacity due to the historic narrowing and vertical alignment changes to the channel during the development of the East End.

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “These works will allow major projects to be delivered, including the Parkhead Health and Social Care Hub and new homes and office space. In addition, they will complete the work to tackle flooding at key local routes in this part of Glasgow, in so bringing economic and environmental benefits to local residents, businesses and organisations.”

The third phase of these works be will delivered within 12 months of today’s approval of funding, with a site start expected in six months.

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