SUDs for Roads

The Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS) and the Scottish Sustainable Drainage Systems Working Party (SUDSWP) have developed a whole life costing and whole life carbon tool for Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS).

The tool, which supports the “SUDS for Roads” guidance manual, can be used as part of the SUDS selection criteria to provide evidence to support the appropriate selection of SUDS in different developments.

It will allow designers, developers and Local Authorities to cost and compare the construction and maintenance costs and carbon emissions of various SUDS for Roads schemes, and can be used by the industry free of charge. You can download the tool and user guidelines online.

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West Dunbartonshire Green Network Opportunities Mapping

Building on earlier work for Glasgow and Clyde Valley (GCV) Strategic Development Plan, the GCV Green Network Partnership has developed a GIS-based approach to identifying strategic regional opportunities for delivery of the CSGN in West Dunbartonshire. This has been incorporated into the Main Issues Report (MIR) for the new Local Development Plan which was published for consultation in March 2012.

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Waterspace Strategy Consultation

British Waterways Scotland (BWS) is consulting on its Waterspace Strategy which is seeking to explore how more people can live, work and play on the water.

Over the past decade, tremendous progress has been made on the bankside but BWS believes that there is still much that can be achieved on the water. For example, boaters want more activity and amenities on and off the water, communities want an attractive, lively canal and the Scottish Government and our local partners want a vibrant waterway which delivers real value for waterside communities and attracts tourists, commerce and investment.

BWS are welcoming comments and ideas until 11 May.

Call for Business Case Studies

Do you know of a business that’s going the extra mile to create a better greener Scotland?

The CSGN Support Unit are looking to profile a number of commercial enterprises across Scotland which are embracing environmental activities and actions. In researching this project, we’ve found lots of examples of companies changing their internal practices (e.g. reducing waste and energy consumption), but what we’re most interested in is identifying businesses who have gone the next step and have undertaken outdoor projects to enrich the local landscape or their local greenspace for people and wildlife.

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John Muir Way Update

Early thinking on a launch event in 2014 is underway as part of a year of John Muir centenary celebrations. Later this year a Scottish Parliament Reception for CSGN will take place which will focus on the John Muir Way.

With a strapline ‘from birthplace to National Park’, reflecting its start in East Lothian and a destination in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, the route is largely confirmed.

By extending the route past Balloch to Helensburgh we also hope to attract coast to coast walkers too, and we continue to explore upgrading of the River Kelvin Walkway to bring a spur into the heart of Glasgow. Suggested works required to upgrade the main route from Dunbar to Helensburgh have been costed at £626K prior to 2014. SNH has allocated £440K over 12\13 and 13\14 as a contribution (70%) to route implementation and promotion, leaving £184K in matching funding to be secured.

An Economic Benefits Study commissioned to test the viability of the route has stimulated interest in some local authorities, particularly from economic and tourism staff and from the media.

The Technical Survey is now complete and the report is being finalised. SNH is meeting with partners along the route to progress implementation discussions and resolve the future management and maintenance of the route.

We are also starting to look at options for website development and guidebook preparation. Details on route stages, accommodation, facilities, transport, places of natural, historical and cultural interest, and links to local path networks, including horseriding opportunities etc., will be covered by this work.

Longer Distance Route Network Proposal

Building on the Aecom report, Planning for Outdoor Recreation and Active Travel (SNH, 2010), SNH has developed and consulted on a statement regarding the promotion and implementation of a network of longer distance routes for recreation. Potential routes and network gaps were identified in this process. These have been examined allowing allow the draft network to be finalised.

SNH is currently consulting with all the CSGN Local Authority Access Officers, the Scottish Government, relevant agencies, NGOs, and green network partnerships and others on the network proposal. Responses should go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11 May.

More Funding to Support Community Growing Projects

We’ve just had confirmation that Scottish Government Food and Drink Industry Division has confirmed a contribution to the CSGN Development Fund of £150K annually for this year and the next two years.

This is excellent news for projects already submitted into the 2011/12 round of funding as the pot for the year has just increased to £900K.

All applications have been assessed and shortlisting is currently under way. All projects will be informed of decisions shortly and the full list of projects that have been successful will be announced after the 7th of May.

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